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Old 01.07.2009, 13:55
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"Italian sausage"

I'm hoping someone can steer me in the right direction. I'm looking for either a sweet or spicy version of Italian sausage (a generic name that we use in the USA, not sure if it's used in the UK as well) available here in Switzerland. With so many different types of sausages available I've been at quite a loss and tried many of them only to be disappointed. The closest I've really gotten is Marguez sausage for a spicy Italian substitute.

Has anyone encountered any and if so what name does it go by?
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Old 01.07.2009, 14:18
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Re: "Italian sausage"

You can get a decent variety of sausages here for sure, but from what I can tell, the Italian Sausage you refer to is unique to the US.

Merguez are my favourite sausage, though I can only find small ones here. Chorizo are also pretty spicy and made of pork, but pretty heavy, have you given them a try?
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Re: "Italian sausage"

Thanks! I was afraid that what I was looking for was pretty much an American-Italian thing, but figured it was worth a whirl. I love the Marguez too, but they are pretty strong comparatively speaking and don't work quite the same as Italian sausage does in recipes.

I'll keep the search alive and will report back if I get any closer.
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Old 01.07.2009, 14:29
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Re: "Italian sausage"

Just don't go around asking for Spaghetti and Meatballs...
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Old 01.07.2009, 14:44
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Re: "Italian sausage"

haha, will do. No need to ask around though, when I make a mean spaghetti and meatballs at home!
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Old 01.07.2009, 14:51
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Re: "Italian sausage"

Could it be the "luganega" sausage?
http://images.google.ch/imgres?imgur...a%3DX%26um%3D1


I'm not absolutely sure, but I believe Migros sells these or similar. I think I've seen the name "luganeghe" (plural) on sausage packs there
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Re: "Italian sausage"

If I'm not mistaken and if I remember right, the dominant flavour in an American 'Italian' sausage is fennel seeds.

Here's an easy way to prepare your own:

http://hubpages.com/hub/Make_your_ow...ipe_is_so_easy

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Re: "Italian sausage"

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the Italian Sausage you refer to is unique to the US.
I can tell you that one Swiss equivalent is the Ticinella sausage sold at COOP and available in natural or spicy ("peperoncino") flavour:



However it does have a strong fennel taste, if that is what you're looking for...
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Re: "Italian sausage"

For all those still using this for their US "Italian" Sausage fix, I've found the easiest way is to just use the Bell grilling sausages (https://www.coopathome.ch/en/superma...eces/p/3150244). Slice them up to brown the meat as your recipe calls for then add fennel seeds (1/2 tsp per sausage), paprika (1/2 tsp per sausage), and cayenne (1/4 tsp per sausage). If you're going for the US hot Italian sausage just double the cayenne. I do this every time I make an American recipe that calls for Italian sausage. Happy cooking everyone and good luck with all those substitutes!
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For all those still using this for their US "Italian" Sausage fix, I've found the easiest way is to just use the Bell grilling sausages (https://www.coopathome.ch/en/superma...eces/p/3150244). Slice them up to brown the meat as your recipe calls for then add fennel seeds (1/2 tsp per sausage), paprika (1/2 tsp per sausage), and cayenne (1/4 tsp per sausage). If you're going for the US hot Italian sausage just double the cayenne. I do this every time I make an American recipe that calls for Italian sausage. Happy cooking everyone and good luck with all those substitutes!
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Re: "Italian sausage"

I use this recipe for US Italian spicy sausage which has worked well. Note that the servings are for 80 in the recipe but it can be adjusted on the recipe itself (I typically adjust it for 6 servings):

https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/35...ckId=simslot_2
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Re: "Italian sausage"

I have seen an Italian sausage called "finocchiona" for sale here. It looks more like a salami, but might have the right flavor at least... probably worth a try if you can find it.
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Re: "Italian sausage"

The butcher at the Manor in Rapperswil carries something pretty darned close, a fresh sausage in Suss (plain/sweet) Fenchel (fennel) and Scharf (hot -supposedly. About a 4 or 5 on this Chicagoan's 1-10 Italian sausage heat scale.)

Not quite what I'd find back home, but the closest I've found here, and certainly an acceptable substitute for most of my recipes.
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I'm hoping someone can steer me in the right direction. I'm looking for either a sweet or spicy version of Italian sausage (a generic name that we use in the USA, not sure if it's used in the UK as well) available here in Switzerland. With so many different types of sausages available I've been at quite a loss and tried many of them only to be disappointed. The closest I've really gotten is Marguez sausage for a spicy Italian substitute.

Has anyone encountered any and if so what name does it go by?
The Merguez is an Algerian specialty. Italy has a wide range of salami and salametti, also a very spice sort of salami, Graubünden has the Salsiz which is similar to Salami and spice-wise between standard Salami and spicy Salami.
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Re: "Italian sausage"

The closest thing I have found is actually referred to at the Migros as Bauernwurst. It is not sweet or spicy but if you break it apart and add some chili flakes, it is pretty close to what I remember as 'Italian Sausage'
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I'm hoping someone can steer me in the right direction. I'm looking for either a sweet or spicy version of Italian sausage (a generic name that we use in the USA, not sure if it's used in the UK as well) available here in Switzerland. With so many different types of sausages available I've been at quite a loss and tried many of them only to be disappointed. The closest I've really gotten is Marguez sausage for a spicy Italian substitute.

Has anyone encountered any and if so what name does it go by?
Maybe salsiccia? In which case you can buy it from Gustini (see below). The first one that comes up would be the closest to the US version, I think: Salsiccia mit Fenchel (with Fennel). Unfortunately, the website doesn't have an English version. Buon appetito!

https://www.gustini.ch/catalogsearch...om_store=ch_de
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Re: "Italian sausage"

in italy (and in ticino), there are many traditional pork sausages with that level of granularity.

But the shape and spicing varies by region.

The salsiccia ticinese or the luganiga are the swiss variants you can find here.

Luganighetta is spire-shaped and thin but it has a similar structure, just the spicing is more characteristic.

The salamella is more typically lombard but it also exists here.
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Re: "Italian sausage"

US style "Italian sausage" does NOT exist in Italy, nor Ticino.

Been in Ticino 30 years, normally go to Italy several times a month, I know.

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