Sausages around the world
Sausages can be found in every corner of the world. One of the oldest forms of prepared meat, sausages have developed into a staple dish for many countries. Each country adding their own flavours and style of preparation, creating an incredible variety to the standard sausages we see today. In Asian countries, they have the Lap Cheong. In Germany, there are the smoked sausages - frankfurts, bratwurst and a thousand more varieties! In the United Kingdom we see similar sausages to our Australian flavours, fresh with spices and textures. In South Africa they love their Droë wors - a dried sausage based on the flavours of their fresh Boerwors sausage. Salami from many European countries, Sujuk from the Middle East, and the list goes on! The humble sausage has ventured far and wide, resulting in a multitude of variations as they take on strong influences from all countries they are produced in. It is the easily adaptable nature of sausages that lends them to so many different uses and formations.
Australians love sausages. We serve them all year round for family dinners, quick and easy weekend lunches, and they are prominent at barbecues across the country. As the Australian palate develops, the Australian sausage continues to evolve, capturing the flavours and textures of the time. As we move into the future, we take the Australian sausage with us, forever in our hearts and on our plates!
Cooking the perfect sausage
Sausages can be barbecued, char-grilled, grilled, pan-fried or oven roasted.
- Sausages contain fat – this adds to their flavour and keeps them moist. If you want to remove some of the fat you can simmer or poach sausages for about 20 minutes before cooking.
- Don’t pierce your sausages. If you prick good quality sausages you let all the moisture and flavour out.
- Simmer sausages before barbecuing them to keep them moist and to help them cook right through on the high heat of the barbecue.
- Cook sausages over moderate heat, if you cook them on a high temperature their skins will burst.
- Turn the sausages regularly to ensure that they cook evenly and don’t burn.
- Remember sausages must always be cooked right through to the centre.
One of the easiest ways to cook sausages is in the oven (it also makes less mess).
- Preheat the oven to 180oC.
- Place a sheet of baking paper on an oven tray.
- Cut the links and place the sausages over the baking paper use a large enough oven tray so that it allows some room around each of the sausages.
- Place sausages in oven and roast for 15 minutes or until cooked.
- Shake the oven tray from time to time to turn the sausages so they brown evenly.