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Old 02-19-2008, 01:08 PM   #1
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Italian Sausage Question

Some pasta recipes specify Italian Sausage without stating which type.

My market has three kinds, sweet, mild, and hot.

Are there guidelines that should determine my choice or it it just a matter of personal preference like most breakfast sausages?

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Old 02-19-2008, 01:16 PM   #2
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Usually it sweet unless specified. I'm not too fond of the sausage my butcher makes so I usually just buy the packages at the supermarket. It could also be personal preference.
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Old 02-19-2008, 01:24 PM   #3
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What he said ^^^^

The recipe is actually leaving you some flexibility in choosing.
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Old 02-19-2008, 01:42 PM   #4
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Since the husband & I enjoy spicy food, I nearly always buy the hot - even if the recipe specifies sweet. To be perfectly honest, most commercial brands of "hot" Italian sausage aren't really all that hot anyway. (And since I'm always buying turkey sausage anyway, my brand selections are somewhat limited.)
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Old 02-19-2008, 02:45 PM   #5
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I gotta agree with Breezy, most of what purports to be Italian hot sausage just isn't very picante (spicey), at least to us.

You can always buy hot and sweet and mix them. You have to try them and find out what you like.

It certainly is personal preference as is all cooking, IMHO.
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Old 02-19-2008, 04:03 PM   #6
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Thanks for your responses. Looks like a tie to me.

Guess I'll make a big pot of pasta, using sweet sausage in half, spicy in the other half and invite the neighbors to take a taste test.
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Old 02-29-2008, 06:54 AM   #7
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Picked up some hot Italian sausage from the butchers (They make their own and it's very hot) the other night. Fried it up and simmered in sauce for a couple of hours then refrigerated it for two days. Reheated it last night, added a salad with olive oil, balsemic vinegar, and red wine vinegar dressing, and a crusty hard roll.

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Old 02-29-2008, 08:15 AM   #8
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Picked up some hot Italian sausage from the butchers (They make their own and it's very hot) the other night. Fried it up and simmered in sauce for a couple of hours then refrigerated it for two days. Reheated it last night, added a salad with olive oil, balsemic vinegar, and red wine vinegar dressing, and a crusty hard roll.
that sure looks good.
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Old 02-29-2008, 09:19 AM   #9
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sweet is the norm, but if you and your family like hot sausage, go for it! or mix half of each (what I generally do)
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Old 02-29-2008, 09:42 AM   #10
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I do as Breezy does. The hot that I get in the market is not noticeably hot and I tend to like the flavor of the hot ones better.
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