Pepperoni vs. Sausage

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Main Difference

The main difference between Pepperoni and Sausage is that the Pepperoni is a American variety of salami, usually made from cured pork and beef mixed together and Sausage is a food usually made from ground meat with a skin around it.

  • Pepperoni

    Pepperoni (also known as pepperoni sausage) is an American variety of salami, made from cured pork and beef mixed together and seasoned with paprika or other chili pepper.Pepperoni is characteristically soft, slightly smoky, and bright red in color. Thinly sliced pepperoni is a popular pizza topping in American-style pizzerias and is used as filling in the West Virginia pepperoni roll.

  • Sausage

    A sausage is a cylindrical meat product usually made from ground meat, often pork, beef, or veal, along with salt, spices and other flavourings, and breadcrumbs, encased by a skin. Typically, a sausage is formed in a casing traditionally made from intestine, but sometimes from synthetic materials. Sausages that are sold raw are cooked in many ways, including pan-frying, broiling and barbecuing. Some sausages are cooked during processing and the casing may then be removed.

    Sausage making is a traditional food preservation technique. Sausages may be preserved by curing, drying (often in association with fermentation or culturing, which can contribute to preservation), smoking, or freezing. Some cured or smoked sausages can be stored without refrigeration. Most fresh sausages must be refrigerated or frozen until they are cooked.

    Sausages come in a huge range of national and regional varieties, which differ by their flavouring or spicing ingredients (garlic, peppers, wine, etc.), the meat(s) used in them and their manner of preparation.

  • Pepperoni (noun)

    A spicy Italian-American sausage.

  • Pepperoni (noun)

    Pizza with pepperoni on it.

    “Yo Tony, gimme a slice of pepperoni and a coke.”

  • Sausage (noun)

    A food made of ground meat (or meat substitute) and seasoning, packed in a section of the animal’s intestine, or in a similarly cylindrical shaped synthetic casing; a length of this food.

  • Sausage (noun)

    A sausage-shaped thing.

  • Sausage (noun)


  • Sausage (noun)

    A term of endearment.

    “my little sausage”

    “Silly sausage.”

  • Sausage (noun)

    A saucisse.

  • Sausage (verb)

    To form a sausage-like shape, with a non-uniform cross section.

  • Sausage (noun)

    an item of food in the form of a cylindrical length of minced pork or other meat encased in a skin, typically sold raw to be grilled or fried before eating.

  • Sausage (noun)

    minced and seasoned meat encased in a skin and cooked or preserved, sold mainly to be eaten cold in slices

    “smoked German sausage”

  • Sausage (noun)

    an object shaped like a sausage

    “her hair hung in glossy black sausage curls”

  • Sausage (noun)

    used as an affectionate form of address, especially to a child

    “‘Silly sausage,’ he teased”

Oxford Dictionary

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