Sausage Fest: Best Game-Day Sausage Recipes

Set out a savory starting lineup on game day with 23 of Cooking Channel's best sausage recipes. Kick off the feast with one-bite appetizers and gain yardage with star quarterback-quality main dishes.

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Mexican Potato Skin Bites

Inspired by our neighbor to the south, Aida fills crispy potato skins with Mexican chorizo and Monterey Jack cheese.

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Smoked Turkey Kielbasa Dogs with Red Onion Sauce

Take Rev Run's secret sauce and claim it as your own. Onions sauteed with ketchup, hot sauce and a pinch of cinnamon make for a sweet, spicy and tangy topping.

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Mimi's Sausage Dip

This old-school party pleaser is a breeze to prepare with only three main ingredients: ground Italian sausage, a brick of cream cheese and a can of diced tomatoes with green chiles.

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Sausage-Stuffed Mushrooms

Give stuffed mushrooms instant flair with a creamy filling of sweet Italian sausage and Parmesan.

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Chorizo-Stuffed Fried Olives

Plump and perfect for popping between plays, Kelsey's green olives are stuffed with a creamy Spanish chorizo filling, rolled in cayenne breadcrumbs and fried to a golden-brown crisp.

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Chorizo Bites with Arugula Pesto

This super-easy bite on a stick from Chuck is a sure-fire crowd-pleaser.

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Totally Lazy Mini Sausage Rolls

These crowd-pleasing bites put a savvy spin on pigs in blankets with herby snack-size sausages and a sprinkling of thyme leaves. To guarantee that the sausage does not escape its roll during cooking, slip off the sausage "skin" before rolling it in the pastry.

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Smoked Gouda-Chorizo Jalapeno Poppers

Get the party started with this sports bar staple. Sunny elevates the dish by stuffing peppers with smoked Gouda and Mexican sausage.

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Beef and Chorizo Chili Cheese Nachos

Jalapeno pickling juice brightens and gives these meaty nachos a tangy kick. The beef-and-chorizo chili in this recipe is hearty and flavorful; make it on its own for an easy weeknight dinner.

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Chorizo Corn Dogs with Grainy Maple Mustard

Corn dogs have long been favored carnival fare, but Nadia G. proves you can teach old dogs new tricks with her beer-battered spicy chorizos and maple-mustard dipping sauce. Hot dawg, these are good.

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Mortadella with Balsamico

Mortadella is an Italian cured sausage similar to bologna. In Italy, it's often studded with pistachios, which makes the nutty topping for this savory spread especially authentic. Slather the mortadella mousse on crusty bread slices and drizzle each one with balsamic when serving.

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Sausage with Apple and Sage

Sweet, sour and savory, these tiny pork sausage, apple and sage bites make the perfect party starter, as they are both enticing and easy to prepare.

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Italian Sausage Sandwiches with Giardiniera

Nadia G.'s stacked sub is all about the pickled vegetable mix piled high over hot sausage. Make the colorful condiment two days ahead by submerging your favorite veggies in a hot chile-spiked, Italian-spiced vinegar brine.

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Spicy Chicken and Chorizo Tacos

The fiery toppers for these tacos –– chipotle sour cream and quick pickled jalapenos –– can both be fully prepped in the time it takes the meats to roast in the oven. 

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Bratwurst Stewed with Sauerkraut

Michael Symon stews brats with spices and sauerkraut for a rib-sticking game-day meal. For utensil-free eating, he serves it up on baguettes.

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San Gennaro Sausage and Pepper Burgers

Form spicy Italian sausages into patties, grill them with peppers and serve them on herbed focaccia for a surprising twist on basic burgers.

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Chicken Brats with Celery Salad

Turn out chest bump-worthy brats by braising them in beer and Dijon mustard, then stuffing them into buns along with cayenne-peppered, Greek yogurt-based celery salad.

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Southside Slopes

Hailing from the University of Pittsburgh, this head-size hall-of-fame sandwich stuffs kielbasa, pierogi, grilled onions, American cheese and spicy mayo into a massive bun.

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Turkey Sausages with Spicy Beans

In Debi and Gabriele's easy recipe, turkey sausage mingles with cannellini beans stewed in hot peppers and cherry tomatoes.

Get the Recipe: Turkey Sausages with Spicy Beans : Sausages with Fagioli All'uccelletta

Beef and Andouille Chili

Slow-braised beef chunks stand in for ground beef, and spicy andouille sausage adds a Southern kick to this comforting chili recipe.

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Rosticciana (Spare Ribs) & Sausages Braised in Beer

If you're hosting a particularly carnivorous crowd on game day, this doubly meaty grilled dish will ensure that everyone gets their fair share of protein. Reserve the fragrant rosemary- and Belgian ale-infused braising liquid for serving on the side.

Get the Recipe: Rosticciana (Spare Ribs) and Sausages Braised in Beer and Olives

Sloppy Lous

Rachael swaps standard ground beef for andouille sausage and ground pork in her sloppy spinoff of the all-American sandwich. Great as a make-ahead meal for game day, Sloppy Lous taste best with plenty of spicy pickled vegetables piled on top.

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Game-Time Chili Dogs

Ground chicken, kidney beans and whole-wheat buns are the main players in Bobby Deen's lighter take on the game-day dog.

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