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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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Old 01.07.2009, 14:20
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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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Old 01.07.2009, 14:53
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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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Old 01.07.2009, 15:37
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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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Old 01.07.2009, 15:56
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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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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

Enjoy
Thanks for that! DIY is always better than store bought--I'll try this out this weekend. Great topping for the new pizza dough recipe I'm trying.
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Re: "Italian sausage"

You're most welcome new2luzern.

Home made is almost always the best !
Happy cooking and eating and please do tell us how it turned out.
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Re: "Italian sausage"

Just wanted to post an update as I tried the homemade version of Italian sausage on Friday. It was excellent. We used it as a topping to our homemade pizzas. I made a slightly spicier version by adding red pepper flakes, but all in all, it was excellent. My husband loved it. Two thumbs up for that recipe--thanks again!
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Old 08.07.2009, 16:41
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Re: "Italian sausage"

I've not yet looked at the already-posted recipe for home-made Italian Sausage but I have (possibly) another:

http://www.roseydow.com/american_breakfast_sausage.htm

I bookmarked it for the breakfast sausage recipe as that is a type of sausage I have not found anything remotely similar here (yet).
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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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Re: "Italian sausage"

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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

Enjoy
I know this is an old thread, but I have been using the lockdown to try to recreate recipes I made before moving here. I have not found a substitute for the American "Italian Sausage. Chorizo and Merguez aren't the same. I tried this recipe for making my own and it worked perfectly! I think it was the fennel seeds that did the trick.
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Re: "Italian sausage"

I think the Schweinsbratwurst is somewhat close, but still not the same as an American Italian Sausage.
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Re: "Italian sausage"

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My goodness, that’s a lot of salt!
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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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