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There are many sides to the suc­cu­lent sausage

Food - - New Take -

The hum­ble sausage is more than crisped skin and savoury fill­ing. A good sausage is a flavour bomb, herby or spicy, meaty and fill­ing. They're also quick to cook and in­ex­pen­sive.

Six good sausages from the su­per­mar­ket can yield a va­ri­ety of fam­ily-pleas­ing meals which are easy enough for a week night. From the sim­plest meat­balls you've ever made to a kids' favourite, the sausage mock­muf­fin, the se­cret is in se­lect­ing a good sausage.

Many butch­ers make their own, but the lo­cal su­per­mar­ket also has good qual­ity sausages avail­able – you just need to know which to choose.

Pre­cooked sausages are fine for the scout camp barbecue or school sausage siz­zle, but are not suit­able for th­ese recipes. In­stead, look for sausages that are made from meat rather than beef or pork 'flavoured'. Go for sausages with plenty of herbs – you can of­ten see them through the skins.

Pork or beef with a gen­eral herby flavour pro­file are good all-rounders, so it's worth keep­ing a pack in the freezer as you can use the same va­ri­ety in all th­ese recipes.

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