How to Cook Potato Sausage (and What to Serve It With)

Potato sausage can be cooked and served with veggies, like potatoes, onions and peppers.
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Potato sausage is a delicious comfort food many people, especially those from Swedish and other European backgrounds, enjoy. If you cook potato sausage the right way, you'll end up with a savory treat that'll be the star of your dinner table.

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There are plenty of ways you can prepare potato sausage, and it comes pre-cooked and raw. If you want to save yourself time cooking potato sausage, opt for the pre-cooked, as it's already been boiled and just needs to be reheated.

That said, you can also cook raw potato sausage, it will just take a few extra steps and some patience.

What's in Potato Sausage?

A potato sausage is a long sausage that's typically made from a basic mixture of pork and beef meat, potatoes, and seasonings. Some people like to add pork cracklings or bacon to the mix, too.

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You can buy premade potato sausage in the refrigerator section of your grocery store or local butcher, or cook potato sausage you made at home from scratch.

For the best result, cook potato sausage on the stove. You can cook the whole sausage or slice it and add it to recipes.

How to Cook Potato Sausage

To cook potato sausage, all you need is some time and patience. Store-bought potato sausage typically comes pre-cooked

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Things You'll Need

  • Potato sausage

  • Saucepan

  • Serving platter

  • Tongs

  • Paper towels

  • Kitchen knife

  • Skillet

  • Vegetable oil spray

  • Spoon

Whole Potato Sausage

You can cook your whole potato sausage on the stove by first simmering it in water, then frying it in a pan for more browning and flavor (though this is an optional step). This method saves you the time of pre-slicing the sausage before cooking it and allows for customizable portions (i.e. people can cut and take what they want at the dinner table).

Keep in mind that some potato sausage comes fully cooked, which you'll know because it will say so on the product packaging. Steps one through four below are for cooking raw potato sausage, so skip to step five if yours is cooked.

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Here's how to cook whole raw potato sausage:

  1. Place your whole potato sausage ring into a large saucepan, and add enough water to submerge the sausage completely.
  2. Turn your stove burner to high heat and bring the water to a full boil.
  3. Reduce the burner heat to medium and simmer the sausage just below boiling point for 30 minutes.
  4. Transfer the cooked sausage to a serving platter with tongs and blot it with paper towels to dry.
  5. Spray the bottom of a skillet with cooking oil spray and heat the skillet over medium heat for about 1 minute.
  6. Place the potato sausage into the skillet and brown for 2 to 3 minutes. Flip and brown the other side for another 2 to 3 minutes.
  7. remove the potato sausage from the skillet and place it on your serving platter. Allow it to cool before slicing and serving.

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Sliced Potato Sausage

For dishes like sausage and peppers, you may instead choose to slice and fry potato sausage. You can also add other veggies to your skillet to create even more nutritious combinations.

Here's how to do it:

  1. Slice the boiled potato sausage ring into 1-inch pieces with a sharp kitchen knife.
  2. Spray the bottom of a skillet with cooking oil spray and heat the skillet over medium heat for about 1 minute.
  3. Add the sausage pieces to the warm skillet and stir-fry just long enough to brown; about 2 to 3 minutes.

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Tip

Potato sausage does not keep well. While the best choice is to cook and eat it on the date of purchase, it stores in the refrigerator for up to two days.

Recipes to Try With Potato Sausage

So you've cooked your potato sausage, but now you need something to serve it with. For an authentic experience, slap some sauerkraut on your plate (which also boasts some impressive gut benefits).

Below, we picked a few recipes that either incorporate potato sausage or make great sides:

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