It’s almost a battle of the pizza toppings for lovers of this circular meal: pepperoni or sausage? Well, for this blog post, we’ll be covering all you need to know about sausage; the meaty, seasoned, salty, juicy topping. So without further ado, let’s dive in and soon enough your mouth will be watering and your car will almost be driving itself to Upper Crust Pizza.

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What Kind of Meat?

Sausage is typically made with around 30 to 40 percent pork, but can also be made with beef, duck, turkey, chicken, venison, lamb, and even fish or scallops. Generally, if there is enough muscle and fat in the protein, it can be made into a sausage. Basically, there are three different types of sausage:

  • Fresh or raw sausage: This is one of the more common types. It is often sold in casings, but you can also find it in patties or loose like other types of ground meat. The ground meat is mixed with fat and spices, but the meat has not been cooked or cured.
  • Cooked Sausage: This is the easiest form to purchase for consumers who want to simply reheat the meat. It often comes in links or patties but is not loose. This type works well for breakfast but should stay far away from any fresh pizzas, as they are often less juicy and won’t add a lot of flavor.
  • Cured, Dry, or Summer Sausage: This type means that the sausage has been smoked and/or fermented before you eat it. These types of sausage are perfectly edible at room temperature and gives your body a supply of high-quality protein. Chorizo and salami fall into this category, both of which make great pizza toppings.

What Seasonings?

A fine balance of seasonings is definitely an important part of making great sausage. However, it comes down to personal taste and what kind of sausage it is. A 

variety of seasonings can go into making sausage. A great sausage will have a significant amount of salt mixed in, which helps bring out the flavor, texture, as well as helps preserve the meat.

  • Pizza in Santa FeSalami often has garlic, salt, pepper, and sugar mixed in.
  • Sweet Italian sausage you can expect to find garlic, sugar, anise, and fennel
  • Hot Italian sausage has paprika, chili, peppers, onion, garlic, fennel, and parsley.
  • Pepperoni is made from pork and beef and has a lot of black and red pepper.
  • Chorizo will have cilantro, paprika, garlic, chili powder, and is commonly spicier than the average sausage.
  • Andouille can be smoked or fresh and has sugar, paprika, red pepper, garlic, and sage.

How to Cook It?

We’re talking about pizza here, not your standard breakfast links, bratwurst, or Polish sausage, so simple is best. With many pizzerias, the sausage is put on the dough raw and is cooked in the oven. Add a little flour to the sausage to help with browning and crisping up the meat and the heat will pull the fat out and give the surrounding dough and cheese a delicious juicy flavor.

One of the most loved pizza toppings is sausage, and for good reason. A slight spice, a firm yet chewy texture, the juicy flavor — add sausage to any pizza and each bite will be a little piece of heaven. For a memorable sausage pizza, great memories, and a night of family-friendly fun, come to Upper Crust Pizza in Santa Fe.