Sausage is seasoned ground pork that is often enclosed in a casing. The ground pork used for sausage can come from a variety of cuts of pork including the shoulder butt and the loin. Sausage may be fresh, smoked or cured.
Sausage is a highly versatile type of ground pork. Supermarkets offer a variety of pre-seasoned and ready-to-cook options that are perfect for breakfast or the grill. Adventurous home cooks also may choose to prepare homemade sausage by combining ground pork with their choice of seasonings.
Sausage has the capacity to blend well with a variety of herbs, spices, fruits and vegetables. Different ingredient combinations also yield ethnic sausage varieties, including Andouille (French/Cajun), Bratwurst (German) and Chorizo (Mexican and Spanish).