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   Sausage Tops Food Trends For 2011
by Pamela Johnson, The Pork Checkoff's Pork Leader
Posted: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 3:12PM EST

From its leaner nutrition profile to its powerful flavor experience, pork sausage is capturing the culinary world's attention in the New Year. The Food Channel has even ranked sausage among the leading food trends for 2011.

"Look for a leaner, better quality sausage, sourced locally at farmers markets, to take on the role as the 'new bacon,'" proclaims the Food Network. "Home butchery and the charcuterie trend that has led to renewed interest in cured meats are additional factors here, as well."

Thanks to the great taste, versatility and value of sausage, both professional chefs and home cooks are experimenting more with this perennial pork favorite, says Pamela Johnson, director of consumer communications for the Pork Checkoff. "Sausage isn't just for breakfast anymore, and it's not just a pizza topping or center-of-the-plate item, either. From jambalaya to soups to salads, people are finding many new ways to incorporate sausage as an ingredient and add a punch of flavor to their meals."

To read the rest of the story, please go to: The Pork Checkoff's Pork Leader

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