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10 unexpected ways to cook with bangers and frankfurters

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During the lockdown
Britain has started to love the sausage,and there has been an increase in sales by 33%. There is so much one can do with sausage besides fry-ups, sandwiches and casseroles

When you google popular quotes about sausages (say you need a topic for an article), one of the first quotes that comes up is from Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who apparently once said: “Sausages are just funny,I don’t know why.
I can’t explain it.”

Waller-Bridge was right. Sausages are naturally just funny.lt is also their comedic value that holds them back when it comes to recipes. In the kitchen, no one really look at sausages seriously.On come dine with me it is rare for anyone to serve sausages it would be an act of self-destruction. You are sure to fail with sausages. They’re a culinary joke, unrefined, a bit naff.

Annie Rose Crone was one contestant who courageously challenged this notion. Crone served sausage sandwiches as her starter. She hid a “cheeky sausage” between her chicken fillet and mozzarella main. She went on to add a layer of sausages in her trifle. “Sausages don’t not get enough recognition because they’re the only food you eat throughout the day,” she said. “You can take them for your breakfast, you can also take them for your dinner, you can even pop them in a trifle.” I respect Crone.

It seems like everyone else is catching up with her. Pig World, the official magazine of the National Pig Association, checked the consumer data surprised by Kantar and found that processed pork products flew off the shelves in March this year. As the lockdown continued, people filled their grocery baskets with the familiar and reliablesausage.Sausage sales have increased in volume by 33% (total pigmeat was up 18.4%, while bacon rose by 22%).

With their surprising variety and comforting reliability, sausages are the perfect meat for our time. And there is so much you can get from sausages besides the sandwiches, fry-ups and casseroles that they are so often used in British cuisine. There is more to frankfurters than hotdogs. Many of my ideas will not surprise those who have learned the culinary ways of the wurst. But for the new ones, here’s how to get more bang from your bangers.

Pasta
Baked rigatoni with sausage.
Baked rigatoni with sausages
Sausages make for a great ragu. Meat sauces such as bolognese and napolitana can all be made with bangers. Many recipes require sausage meat – this Italian sausage and chestnut pasta recipe works a treat, while a friend swears by this sausage and thyme ragu. If a pasta sauce recipe requires mince, you can usually replace it with meat from sausages: just shed the skins and be sure to break up the meat as you brown it (sausage meat clumps together more than mince). Lasagne even taste better when it is made with a mix of beef mince and sweet pork sausage meat. Meanwhile, chunks of sausage are a great way of bulking out pasta dishes more generally (such as Bon Appetit’s rigatoni with sausage, beans and greens).

Meatballs
Sausages also make super delicious meatballs, already spiced and flavoured. It is one of the oldest tricks in the book: any recipe that requires meatballs can pretty much be prepared with sausages: just remove the skins, cut them into chunks, then roll them into balls. There are many of recipes that lean into this trick. It is of great importance to note that, that not all sausages are made equally – and better-quality sausages will always produce better results.

Frankfurter soup
Soup with
If putting frankfurters in soup is good enough for Nigella, then most definitely it will also be good enough for you. And she is definitely on to something with her yellow split pea and frankfurter soup. There is a case to be made that all soups could be zhooshed up with mini frankfurter pieces. Just picture the sheer joy that would come on a person’s face as they lean in for a spoonful of tomato soup and little pieces of sausage bobble gracefully to the top, just like the eyeballs in the soup served in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

Frankfurter everything
And why stop at soup? Most dishes can be spiced up with chopped-up frankfurters. Honestly, you really can just use frankfurter pieces in any dish and it will taste better . Chilli con carne, mac and cheese, potato salad, actual salad, pizza, pasta your imagination is your limit.

Sausage plait
why would you go for a dozen normal-sized sausages when you could have one very large sausage, covered in pastry? Whether just a simple sausage meat and pastry affair, or Paul Hollywood’s more intricate version, which includes mushrooms, black pudding and sherry vinegar, a sausage plait can also , be made with the meat from sausages of course after removing the skin. With Greggs still shut you can also without any difficulty make sausage rolls with sausages, too.

Sausage and rice

Sausage and rice dishes are a staple of Cajun cuisine, with jambalaya and Louisiana dirty rice perhaps the two best known. To be clear, jambalaya should be made with andouille if permissible but it is not always the easiest sausage to find in the UK. If you are having challenges, you can replace other smoky sausages, as per this turkey and sausage jambalaya recipe from the brilliant Homesick Texan food blog Likewise, while Louisiana dirty rice is traditionally made with ground pork, you can also use the meat from sausages.

Pork’n’beans
Until you have made your own version of pork’n’beans that canned American staple you are still inexperienced with sausages. This BBC recipe for southern-style pork and beans works just fine if you remove the pork fillet and gammon steak and replace with the equivalent weight in sausages, freed from their skins and rolled into meatballs.

Meatloaf
Another American favourite. Most meatloaf recipes will require sausage meat a mixture of minced pork, breadcrumbs seasoning, herbs and spices, mainly used in stuffing. But you can get away with skinning sausages and using their meat instead (preferably those with a low amount of breadcrumbs). Felicity Cloake wrote a perfect meatloaf recipe (which may be without doubt, be less perfect with sausages). See also Nigella’s mini meatloaves.

Baking with frankfurters
If you are searching for a way to one-up the sea of sourdough and banana bread on Instagram, there are variety of inventive things you can bake with frankfurters. These bagel dogs (frankfurters wrapped in filo pastry) from Delish are cheap, easy and, according to my boyfriend last weekend, perhaps the best thing he has ever eaten. You can also try Korean-style “hotdog” AKA corn dog, or crispy dogs with bacon-jalapeno dipping sauce.

Fancy hotdogs
Hot dogs.
One last shocking thing you can do with your hotdogs is just make them taste better. Do not just go for the bun, dog and condiment; be creative use coleslaw, bacon, avocado, salsa, relish, salad, mac and cheese, etc. And if you have got leftover, well, anything, it’s going to taste better as a hotdog topping, no matter how elaborate. Think chilli dogs, or more ambitiously: curry dogs, sweet and sour pork dogs, mac and cheese dogs. Go big or go home.