If you’re not a huge fan of Vienna sausages, you may be wrinkling your nose up at the idea of Vienna sausage recipes, but before you navigate away from this article, hear me out first.
I, myself, am not the kind of person who eats plain Vienna sausages straight from the can. I don’t even really enjoy them with crackers.
However, Vienna sausages take on an entirely different, much more exciting flavor when used in recipes.
That means that even if you aren’t a fan of Vienna sausages, there are probably still some recipes on this list that you’ll enjoy.
1. Pigs in a Blanket
Pigs in a blanket are always fun, no matter how young or old you are. But did you know you can make traditional pigs in a blanket using Vienna sausages?
The taste is essentially the same, but you may notice a bit more salt in the Vienna sausage version.
Additionally, you can play with the flavor by purchasing smoked, jalapeno, or BBQ Vienna sausages.
Because the recipe also calls for cheese, I think original or jalapeno Viennas work best.
2. Jalapeno Popper Pigs in a Blanket
Speaking of jalapenos, this recipe combines two of America’s most famous easy appetizers – jalapeno poppers and pigs in a blanket.
They’re meaty, cheesy, spicy, and salty, and they have a perfectly soft puff pastry crust. It’s hard not to overdo it on these.
3. Filipino-Style Spaghetti
This recipe is the only one on the list that I’m not particularly fond of eating.
However, I seem to be the only person in my family who doesn’t like it.
As a bit of a spaghetti snob, I just can’t do sweetened spaghetti, but apparently, I’m in the minority, as everyone I know thinks spaghetti just isn’t spaghetti without sugar.
The Viennas and ground beef add a rich, meaty flavor, and the veggies help mellow the sugar some, but it’s still a bit too sweet for my tastes.
Still, if you’re a fan of sweet spaghetti, you’ll love this recipe.
Embutido is an odd way to make meatloaf, but odd doesn’t always mean bad, and in this case, it certainly doesn’t.
The meatloaf itself has a full, rich, complex taste, thanks to the addition of a wide range of ingredients like onions, carrots, pineapples, raisins, banana ketchup, and more.
At the center of each slice, you’ll find a hard-boiled egg and a chunk of Vienna sausage.
It’s like a hidden sausage and egg surprise in the middle of each one, and it’s pretty tasty.
5. Sausage and Macaroni Casserole
This recipe is something my grandmother would make. It combines so many things into one nifty dish.
Surprisingly, though, the beans, mac and cheese, and Viennas work well together.
The green beans have a bit of zestiness from the Dijon mustard, and the parmesan cheese on top of the Kraft mac and cheese adds a delightful double cheesiness.
The Vienna sausages taste like they always do, but the dusting of parmesan on top improves their taste, especially if you aren’t a massive fan of them by themselves.
6. Little Smokies Wrapped in Bacon
If you love to combine sweet and salty foods, use this recipe for little smokies with bacon, but substitute Vienna sausages for the smokies.
The saltiness of the Viennas and bacon pairs wonderfully with the sweetness of the caramelized brown sugar, making these an incredible treat that’ll have you returning for additional helpings.
7. Grape Jelly and Mustard Sausages
All you’ll need to make these bite-sized, three-ingredient mouthfuls are sausages (Viennas work fine), yellow mustard, and grape jelly.
It sounds like a super weird combination, I know, but the two condiments give the sausages a sweet and tangy taste that’s incredible.
It makes them thick and saucy, as well.
8. Arroz con Salchichas (Sausages and Rice)
This fluffy, easy-to-prepare dish is an everyday staple of both Cuban and Puerto Rican fare, and once you try it, you’ll quickly understand why.
The rice is fluffy and herby, and thanks to the peppers, onions, tomatoes, tomato sauce, capers, olives, Vienna sausages, and more, it’s unbelievably filling, as well.
The ingredients list is a little long, but the rice takes only 20 minutes to prepare and another 35 to finish cooking.
If you’re looking to make a complete dinner in under an hour, this is a great choice.
9. Franks and Beans
There’s nothing exotic or unique about franks and beans, but when something is good, it doesn’t need all the bells and whistles.
This savory side dish combines canned baked beans, Vienna sausages, brown sugar, mustard, celery salt, onions, and margarine.
It’s thick and chunky, almost stew-like without being an actual stew.
Whether you eat it alone or as part of a meal, it’s sure to fill you up and keep you full.
10. Vienna Sausage Burritos
If you enjoy fat breakfast burritos overflowing with both ingredients and flavor, you’ll love this recipe.
Additionally, if you enjoy full, balanced breakfasts but don’t have time to cook them in the mornings, this recipe is for you, as well.
It takes less than 30 minutes to whip up these hearty burritos, and they have it all – scrambled eggs, Vienna sausages, refried beans, onions, and cheddar cheese.
You’ll get everything you want out of your breakfast in a fraction of the time.
Salchipapas is the Peruvian version of “meat and taters.”
It’s a plate of well-seasoned French fries, topped with fried Vienna sausages and served with mayo and aji Amarillo paste dipping sauce.
It’s a savory, salty meal with lots of flavor and protein.
It’s pretty high in both calories and carbs, though, so this probably isn’t the one for you if you’re watching your weight.
12. Bacon-Wrapped Brown Sugar Sausage
At first glance, these may not look as appetizing as you’d like them to be.
However, after one bite, the taste will make up for anything lacking in the presentation.
The bacon and sausages are salty and filling; the brown sugar and maple syrup are sweet; the Dijon mustard and Sriracha add zest and heat, respectively.
There’s also a light smokiness to these appetizers that’s hard not to love.
If you’re a fan of sweet heat BBQ, you’ll love these bacon-wrapped brown sugar sausages.
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