How many types of sausage are there?

There are literally thousands of types of sausages worldwide, each with its own unique flavor profile, ingredients, and preparation methods. Sausages can vary greatly depending on the region, culture, and culinary traditions. Wurst means sausage in German. Here are some of the most well-known types of sausages from around the world:

  1. Bratwurst (Germany): A German sausage made primarily of pork, seasoned with various spices like nutmeg, coriander, and white pepper.
  2. Chorizo (Spain/Mexico): A highly seasoned sausage made from pork, chili peppers, and other spices. Spanish chorizo is typically cured, while Mexican chorizo is fresh and requires cooking.
  3. Italian Sausage (Italy): Seasoned with fennel and garlic, Italian sausage can be sweet (mild) or hot (spicy). It's commonly used in dishes like spaghetti and sausage.
  4. Andouille (France/Creole Cuisine): A smoked sausage made from pork, originating in France but heavily used in Creole and Cajun cooking, particularly in dishes like gumbo.
  5. Kielbasa (Poland): A popular Polish sausage made of pork, beef, or veal, seasoned with garlic and smoked over hardwood.
  6. Merguez (North Africa/France): A spicy sausage originating in North Africa, often made with lamb or beef and flavored with spices like cumin and chili pepper. It's also popular in France.
  7. Cervelat (Switzerland): A Swiss sausage made of beef, pork, bacon, and a mixture of spices. It can be dried or cooked and is often served in a sandwich.
  8. Loukaniko (Greece): A Greek pork sausage flavored with orange peel, fennel seed, and various other herbs.
  9. Morcilla (Spain/Latin America): Also known as blood sausage, morcilla is made with pork blood, rice, and spices. Variations of blood sausage are found in many cultures around the world.
  10. Chai Kway (China): A Chinese sausage made from pork, typically sweet and savory, and used in various Chinese dishes.