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Old 23.09.2010, 19:31
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saucisson (sausage) - need to be cooked?

hi I bought some Saucisson in COOP. I assumed it is cured like Chorizo and doesn't need to be cooked but how can I be sure? it's "Saucisson au marc", in fact this exact one:
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Re: saucisson (sausage) - need to be cooked?

As far as I know, it has been pre-cooked, but you should heat it up in hot water. Don't let the water boil, as then the sausage will burst. Very tasty when warm, never tried it cold but tend to think it would not be recommended.

Edit: Oops, just googled to be sure - it could well NOT be pre-cooked! "Sauccison" covers a broad variety of sausage, including chorizo - but many also use raw or slightly cured meat. It is recommended to let it "cook" gently in water for about 45 minutes... I must say, I would not have left it in that long, smelling it would drive me crazy and I would fish it out before then.

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Re: saucisson (sausage) - need to be cooked?

Yes pretty sure you have to cook it.

Very nice with mustard and Sauerkraut.

BTW If it is similar to saucisson vaudois and saucisson neuchatelois there should be cooking instructions somewhere (usually under the label)
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Re: saucisson (sausage) - need to be cooked?

I wouldn't boil it, it explodes. The last one looked like a fleece sock turned inside out. Still tasted great.
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Old 23.09.2010, 20:07
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I wouldn't boil it, it explodes. The last one looked like a fleece sock turned inside out. Still tasted great.
you need to make holes.... so it won't explode when boiled.

Usually it's written on the "label" if you have to boil it.
(that's now that you understand why you have to learn the local language... )
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Old 23.09.2010, 20:09
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Re: saucisson (sausage) - need to be cooked?

Names might be different in Switzerland, but in France, saucisson is eaten cold (as is) and saucisses are cooked.

Here is confirmation from David Lebovitz himself
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you need to make holes.... so it won't explode when boiled.

Usually it's written on the "label" if you have to boil it.
(that's now that you understand why you have to learn the local language... )
Yeah, it said 70 degrees for a half hour, I did, it still exploded. I love sausages, even the fleecy socky looking ones, so it's ok. It might have been the Vaudois saussise with cabagge, can I make holes in that one? The label never said anything about holes..
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Names might be different in Switzerland, but in France, saucisson is eaten cold (as is) and saucisses are cooked.
Yes in Switzerland it's different as Saucisson Vaudois needs to be cooked (100% sure of that).
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It might have been the Vaudois saussise with cabagge, can I make holes in that one? The label never said anything about holes..
My fav... I always make holes in it, small ones with a knife.
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Yes in Switzerland it's different as Saucisson Vaudois needs to be cooked (100% sure of that).
That's good to know. You've just saved me from potentially eating slices of raw sausage!
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Re: saucisson (sausage) - need to be cooked?

Don't make holes in it. Don't boil it!!

Cook it on a low simmer for about 45 mins.
Goes best with mashed potatoes and sauerkraut or any kind of buttery cabbage you like!
Don't forget to peel before eating too, otherwise it will be VERY chewy!!!
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Re: saucisson (sausage) - need to be cooked?

Look for the phrase 'zum rohessen' (if you're in the German speaking part of Switzerland) - it means 'to eat raw'.

Otherwise, I'd cook it.
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Re: saucisson (sausage) - need to be cooked?

A "saucisson sec" is rather like a salami and "zum rohessen" - to eat likewise.
A "saucisson au Marc" should most definitely be cooked!!
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Re: saucisson (sausage) - need to be cooked?

bollocks. I nibbled on it before posting this thread and deciding to cook it (sliced it and fried it). I wish I'd seen all these responses before doing either of those things.

If I die I will post to warn others.
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Re: saucisson (sausage) - need to be cooked?

I am glad many of the members are experimenting with the " new " foods here, some recipes which date back to the Romans.

Even for us, things can get a bit nervous when close to any of the Frontiers; " Where did it come from, really ? " It was common in previous years to be confronted with people in these areas, selling sausages of dubious origins and unspeakable manufacturing cleanliness out of small backpacks. And yes, when I was young, climbing, and hungry, I was tempted.

As a rule, cook any new or unknown sausage on low setting, in water for 30-40 minutes, even the ones from Neuchatel. No need to make holes in the casing. There are low, lidded pans here for that, known as Braters. We have a good one from RÍSLE, and it is used weekly.
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Re: saucisson (sausage) - need to be cooked?

Holes are easy to make, just break a toothpick in two pieces and put them in the saucisson, then cook it on a low simmer for about 40 minutes.
Some saucissons can be cooked in white wine too!
Excellent with papet vaudois (leek and potato hotpot, available ready-made in Migros and Coop; it's LOVELY).

You are going to look mad swiss if you do the toothpick thing
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Re: saucisson (sausage) - need to be cooked?

I've been slicing up the saucisson vaudois and frying it with onions and tomatoes etc. to go into a pasta or an omelette.

Sacrilege perhaps, but tasty. I will try the simmering-it-whole option next.
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sausages of dubious origins and unspeakable manufacturing cleanliness
My sausage addiction can't stand this thread any longer. My mouth is watering...
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