Chorizo, salsiccia & sausages from around the world
Germany is rumoured to have around 1,500 different types of sausage. But other countries have their own delicious versions too. We take a culinary trip around the world to find out more about your favourites.
Rather than being classified by flavour or region, sausages are categorised by the way they’re made and whether they’re boiled, cooked or eaten raw. As the name suggest, boiled sausages are boiled at 70-75°C which gives them their trademark firm consistency and cut resistance. Hot dogs or “wieners” are classic examples. Raw sausages are cured so they keep for longer. After the skins are filled, the sausages are hung in climatic rooms to allow their aroma to develop. Germany’s liver sausage is a prime example of a cooked sausage spread. Cooked sausages are heat-treated products consisting primarily of fully-cooked meat.
Chorizo – the fiery Spaniard
When it comes to sausages, chorizo is one of the world’s most popular choices. This Mediterranean variety hails from Southern European countries like Spain or Portugal, and is rumoured to date back to the 15th century. It’s seasoned with garlic and paprika, which was brought to Europe from the USA by Christopher Columbus. Chorizo is usually made from pork and pork fat, although some regions use wild boar, goat or even lamb. Spicy paprika gives it its trademark fiery flavour. You can try chorizo on our new Pizza Felicita.
Bratwurst – Germany’s darling
Germans can’t get enough of their famous bratwurst sausages. They’re easy to find at Christmas markets or from street vendors all year round. The three basic types of bratwurst are coarse, medium-coarse and smooth. Although many assume the name is derived from the German word “braten” or “to fry”, it’s actually related to the old word “brāto” meaning “finely chopped meat”.
Salsiccia – Italy’s meaty treat
Salsiccia is a raw sausage. Although related to Spanish chorizo, salsiccia is not boiled or smoked. Its appearance resembles a coarse German bratwurst. Nobody is really sure where salsiccia originated but it’s mentioned in scriptures dating back to the birth of Christ. Small wonder that countless regions of Italy claim they invented this widely popular sausage!
Sucuk – a spicy sausage from the Balkan & Middle East
This sausage is often associated with Turkey and sometimes known as “Turkish garlic sausage”. However, that’s not 100% accurate. This spicy raw sausage also has roots in other Balkan countries, the Middle East and Central Asia. Its popularity has spread from Albania across the Balkan to the Middle East and a number of Arab states. Understandably. It’s delicious.
Rød pølse – the bright red Dane
The Danish word “rød pølse” translates as “red sausage” and some regard this hot dog copycat as a national dish. It’s boiled and served in a bun with remoulade, mustard, fried onions and gherkins. The jury’s out whether the hot dog actually originated in Denmark though, with both Germany and the USA putting their hats in the ring too.
What’s your favourite?