There’s something so comforting about Italian sausages, whether they’re served grilled on a roll with peppers and onions, sautéed in crumbles into a baked ziti pasta or crumbled or sliced and baked on a pizza. Oddly enough, despite the name, if you went to Italy and asked for Italian sausages, the locals would have no idea what you were speaking about! However, there is a sausage in Italy whose flavor rivals that of the American-made Italian sausage: salsiccia. Though it’s not the exact same sausage, they have similar flavor profiles.
A lot of wholesale frozen pizza includes these tasty and popular sausages, but it’s difficult to put your finger on what makes Italian sausage, well, Italian. Sausage may all blend together in many people’s minds, but in fact, there are several key factors related to Italian sausage that affect the final flavor:
- Thank you, Mr. Pig: Italian sausage is a pork sausage that includes very finely chopped pork mixed with pork fat. Other sausages draw from different meats, like beef, but this one’s flavor all comes from the pork.
- Fennel or anise: The main flavor within Italian sausage—and also the actually Italian salsiccia sausage—comes from the fennel or anise seeds that are mixed in with the pork. These are very distinctive flavors that separate Italian sausage from other comparable sausage types.
- Red pepper flakes: All Italian sausages include red pepper flakes in the mix, but the amount differs. It’s easy to figure out: if you buy mild Italian sausages, they have fewer red pepper flakes than hot Italian sausages. It’s often best to buy the sausages that are milder in flavor, because then you can modify your recipe with other spices if you feel like it’s lacking something.
- Fresh, not cured: Many sausages—like pepperoni sausage—go through a fermentation and drying period, which means they can be eaten right out of the package. But Italian sausage is what’s known as a fresh sausage. It is mixed and either packed into casings or left in patties, and definitely needs some cooking time to be safe to eat.
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