A Quick Overview Of How To Say Salsiccia, Salsicce
How to pronounce Salsiccia
'Salsiccia, salsicce' is Italian for 'sausage, sausages'. English-speakers tend to add in an extra syllable when they say 'salsiccia' so it sounds like 'sahl/SEE/
tchee/ah'. This is incorrect. Salsiccia has only three syllables, so make sure you pronounce it like an Italian and not like a clueless English speaker.
The singular is 'salsiccia' which means 'sausage'. If you are talking about 'sausages', say 'salsiccie'. If you are a fan of grammar, and not many are, note that nouns which end in 'a' in the singular and 'e' in the plural are usually feminine in Italian.
Salsiccie vs Salami
An Italian would never confuse a cooked sausage with a cured salami, so neither should you. A salame (salami is the plural) is always a cured sausage served cold. A salsiccia on the other hand, is a sausage which you cook and serve hot. That said, I've never come across a sausage I couldn't force down once cold. Italian sausages are not the biggest feature of the cuisine, but that doesn't mean they are any less delicious.
Recipes with Salsiccie
The best known salsiccia recipe is Salsiccia al Vino. It's very easy to make at home. Even if you can't get your hands on proper fresh Italian salsiccie, you can approximate the dish. Fry some good quality pork sausages until golden. Then throw in a glass or two of red wine (preferably Italian), a fresh or dried bayleaf, and lower the heat and cook through. The wine will reduce to make a delicious sauce. It's delicious served with salad and good bread, chips, or vegetables.
If you have brown lentils on hand, you can try another version of the dish: Drain a can of cooked brown lentils and put it into a casserole dish. Season with salt and pepper, add a glug of olive oil and a glass of wine. The recipe works with both red and white wine, so use either. Then lie the raw sausage on top of the lentils and bake until they are cooked through. If the lentils are too watery and the sausages are done, cook the wine and lentil mix down until the wine reaches sauce level.
Italian salsiccie are often made in one long sausage, and not twisted into links like English pork sausages, though this isn't always the case. There are many regional variants. The most famous is probably luganeghe.
Luganeghe are traditional to Lombardia or, Lombardy, as we say in English. The sausages are spicy and go very well with wine. If you make the recipe with lentils too, be aware this is quite a heavy meal. You shouldn't have a huge appetizer or dessert.
- salsicce al vino - sausages with wine
How do you say 'sausages' in French?
- French saucisses