Macedonian Sausages With Mushrooms

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This recipe is inspired by a booklet I was reading that covered various Spanish Tapas ideas. The dish jumped out at me immediately and I had all of the ingredients save for the Chorizo.

I used Macedonian sausage. Greeks love their sausage but allegiances as to what type they like are very regional. In the south (Sparta), the Greeks enjoy a pork sausage with orange peel in it and they tend to shy away from anything spicy.

Head north to the provinces of Thessaly & Macedonia and you will find predominantly the Hot Pepper& Leek variety. A Greek butcher will often carry (make) both types of sausage. Being biased, I prefer the Macedonian one.

In creating this meze, I used ingredients that are found in the western mountains of Macedonia and in particular, Kastoria & Florina. Wild thyme grows in the mountains, grapes are cultivated for some of Greece’s best wines, oregano grows all over Greece and wild mushrooms can be found in it’s hilly forests soon after a rainfall.

Macedonian Sausages With Mushrooms

1/4 cup olive oil
2 Macedonian sausages, cut into 1/2 in. pieces

1 small onion, sliced

2 cloves of garlic, sliced

1 tsp sea salt

1 tsp of dried oregano

1 tsp of fresh thyme

1 large handful of cremini or button mushrooms, stems removed

1/4 cup good dry white wine

1/3 cup chopped parsley

sprinkle of hot chili flakes

squeeze of lemon juice
Bread for “mopping up”

  1. Heat your oil in a large heavy frying pan, add the sausage and cook over medium high heat until the sausages are browned. Add your onions & garlic and salt and cook, stirring occasionally over low-medium heat for 5-10 minutes or until the onions are soft.
  2. Add herbs, white wine and mushrooms and stir to incorporate and allow to simmer for 5-10 minutes or until mushrooms are tender.
  3. Add parsley, chili flakes and a squeeze of lemon juice and serve with crusty bread.

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Peter Minakis

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6 Comments for “Macedonian Sausages With Mushrooms”



That looks really good Peter! I’ve never seen Macedonian sausages at the grocery store… I suppose I’d have to go to a specialty shop…I’m intrigued.

Peter M


Janet, they are a tasty sausage with leeks, paprika, hot pepper and spices. You might find them at a Greek grocer or butcher in the Ottawa area.



Macedonian sausages rock! It’s all about the leeks for me. They add so much flavour to the sausages. You’ll need a loaf of bread with this one. Yum!

Katerina K



Looks good. The sausage with orange peel sounds interesting. I will have to look for those and the Macedonian sausages.

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen


Very inventive! I like how you cooked the sausages with ingredients that are in the same locale! Very cool, Peter!