10 popular seasonings for sausage
Here are a collection of seasonings that have become synonymous with the sausage.
1. Salt and Pepper
The gold standard in all cooking unless you are on a salt restricted diet. Salt and pepper breathe life into any dish, taking in from tasteless to delicious. From soups to steak, potato chips to roasted veggies, and everything in between, they almost always taste better.
Salt is hugely important when making sausages. It’s not just a seasoning. It also magnifies the flavour of the other ingredients and assists with tenderizing the meat.
Garlic is closely related to the onion and comes is many formats: fresh or dried, diced, minced, granules or powder. Pungent and full of flavor, garlic is a household standard alongside salt and pepper. Its spicy flavor softens and sweetens with cooking.
Ginger was one of the first spices to be imported during spice trading. It was used by Greek and Roman ancient civilizations as it provides a powerful punch in cooking. After one bite you can see why this hot, aromatic spice is a winner in sausage making. Looking to make rabbit sausage, ginger would be your go to spice.
A member of the mint family is an evergreen herb used extensively in cooking. In Egypt it was used in embalming and in the baths of the Greeks! Having a distinctive taste and aroma it makes for a lovely Mediterranean inspired homemade sausage with feta.
An evergreen shrub from the mint family that grows in abundance throughout the Mediterranean. It makes a perfect compliment to a country or breakfast sausage using pork or turkey. What about a turkey, sage and bread stuffing sausage?
6. Chilli Powder
Looking to add some spicy excitement to your next sausage creation? How about a spicy Italian sausage with a solid hit of chilli? Chilli pepper is native to Mexico and used extensively in cooking worldwide. On your next taco night try spicy Mexican sausages served in a soft taco.
Chilli gives sausage a lovely flavor hit.
Widely used in cooking as well as being a garnish we usually push to the side of the dish and ignore. It contains many varieties with varying flavors. At your next dinner for two, give it centre stage by working it into a fish sausage.
8. Fennel Seed
A flowering plant related to the carrot that tastes like anise. Fennel is a rich source of protein, vitamins and minerals that contain a good portion of carbohydrates. Using pork or beef, fennel seed will make a perfect addition to your next mild Italian sausage recipe.
A vegetable related to garlic and handy when hunting vampires. Diced or dried, onion compliments almost any homemade sausage recipe. How about a twist on traditional sausage, peppers and onions on a roll?
The ground spice of the dried red fruit of the Capsicum Annuum. Paprika offers spiciness that ranges from mild to very hot. This ingredient is popular in Hungarian cuisine. Also, you can combine ground beef, finely minced beets, paprika and a few other ingredients to make burgundy soup rolled into a sausage!
A few classic sausage flavors to try
- Hungarian: Paprika and caraway
- Italian: tomato, basil, garlic
- Indian: ginger, curry, onion, garlic
When you are looking to create the perfect tasting sausage, seasonings provide you with the ticket. Mixing herbs and spices can provide endless possibilities.
Longing for African food tonight? Try making spicy African sausage made of ground peanuts and chicken, salt, pepper, onion, garlic, ginger, sweet potato, tomato, thyme and cayenne. Encased and served over rice, provides a tasty, satisfying and unique way to serve homemade sausage.
The possibilities are limitless. That’s the joy of making your own sausage – allowing your culinary creativity to run wild.