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TIP OF THE DAY: Chicken Sausage

Turn a Waldorf Salad, made with apples and
walnuts, into a Sausage Waldorf with apple
chicken sausage. Photo courtesy


Most of us reach for pork sausage at the supermarket—it’s what we grew up with.

But demand for healthier foods has created a robust business in chicken sausage. Just by switching to chicken over pork sausage, you can save 70% of the fat. You can also enjoy more specialty flavors, since chicken’s milder flavor allows seasonings such as apple, chipotle, spinach and feta and sundried tomato to be more expressive.

Just as with pork sausage, there dinner and breakfast varieties as well as “cocktail franks.” In addition to far less fat than pork sausage, most chicken sausage brands are free of nitrites, nitrates, preservatives and artificial ingredients. A 3-ounce link is about 130 calories, depending on brand and filling (cheese flavors will add a few calories). That’s not much more than chicken.

We recently tried two of the nine fully-cooked flavors from Al Fresco, the country’s largest producer of chicken sausage, and look forward to trying the rest.

There are many recipes on the site, but we epecially love them as easy snacks and hors d’oeuvre—think Spicy Jalapeño Chicken Sausage with pineapple mango salsa.

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