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8 Southern dishes with sausage that are so good you'll make em' twice

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Southern cooking is diverse, generous and delicious. One of the many ingredients that Southern cooks know how to handle exceptionally well is the good ol' sausage.
Seriously, who doesn't love sausage? They feature spiced, herby, meaty deliciousness that can be cooked in so many different ways. Some fabulous Southern recipes have been rounded up that celebrate that humble food hero, the sausage.
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Chicken sausage fennel apples (h/t Southern Living)
This is such a fantastic and easy dish. The apples and fennel caramelize on a bed of cooked rice alongside the meaty sausages for a quick and hearty feast.
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Onions and peppers are a classic combination for sausage dishes, but this recipe uses fennel instead. Fennel has the same great texture as onions, but it bursts with fresh anise flavors. Use apple chicken sausage in this dish because it's so much healthier than pork sausage, and the flavor of apples goes so well with fennel. Prepare this now in the video below.
Sausage gravy and biscuits (h/t Tastes Better From Scratch)
Any day that starts with a breakfast this fabulous is going to be a very good day. The butter-rich sauce is flecked with herbs and is absolutely perfect poured over crisp, warm biscuits.
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You can make the biscuits from scratch, but it’s just as easy (and tasty) to use Pillsbury biscuits. If you’re looking for a vegetarian meal, substitute your favorite mushrooms for the sausage. Prepare this dish now by watching the video below.
One pot spicy Southern sausage rice (h/t The Wanderlust Kitchen)
Spicy, warming and satisfying. this delicious one-pot dish is a real crowd-pleaser. The herbs and chicken broth really dial up the flavors. If you prefer less heat, just cut back on the amount of red pepper flakes. It will still taste amazing.
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This quick-and-easy recipe will get dinner on the table in less than an hour. Feel free to change up the ingredients based on what you have handy. If you have bulk sausage instead of link sausage, go for it! Watch the video below to prepare this dish now.
Homemade pork breakfast sausage (h/t The Spruce)
Making your own sausage patties is so worthwhile and fun to try with the kids, too. This recipe has enough spices and herbs to give a really tasty mouthful.
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Perfect for breakfast, these yummy patties freeze beautifully until you need to rustle up something fabulous fast. The patties make excellent sides of sausage and are perfect for breakfast biscuit sandwiches. Watch the video below to prepare.
Southern sausage cake (h/t Elizabeth's Edible Experience)
One thing is for sure, you won't make this awesome recipe just once. Sausage cake might sound a little unusual but savory cakes are ingenious and delicious. This fabulous version adds peppers and parmesan cheese making it perfect for picnics, breakfast or a late night snack.
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Don't let the word cake fool you here - this recipe is seriously savory in the best ways. The deeply seasoned pork sausage gets a fresh boost from crisp red bell peppers and spicy jalapeno peppers. See video below to make this dish now.
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