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We are in the midst of our honeymoon, and are traveling from Amsterdam to Brugges to Paris. Upon our first breakfast in Amsterdam we were presented with small (about 1.5 to 2 inches in length, about .75 inches in diameter) sausages. They were a regular breakfast item in Amsterdam, and then again in Brugges.

They are very light in both color and flavor. If I had to guess, they contain a mixture of chicken meat and pork fat. The contents are definitely emulsified. They are in natural casings, or at least they certainly were in Amsterdam. As I said, they are served with breakfast. In Amsterdam the sausages were very dense so the casi g would brown and pop open, whereas in Brugges the casing was much less full, which provided a pillowy, soft texture.

Does anyone know what these sausages are called? I'd love to make them for myself when I get back to the US.

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I am going to guess that you are likely getting british or irish breakfast sausage. The national dutch sausage, Frikandel, is minced, skinless, and not usually eaten at breakfast. There is a perception amongst the dutch that Americans eat nothing but meat and fat in huge portions.

I did a semester abroad in the Netherlands. For the first few days, the host family fed me eggs and sausages for breakfast. I usually have some toast or cereal for breakfast. So, after a couple days I asked them if this is what they had for breakfast every day. My host mother said, "No, this is what we were told Americans have for breakfast everyday!"

After a chat, they said they were buying British breakfast sausages and eggs for me. Their typical breakfast was a slice of bread, some cheese, and a very strongly flavored liverwurst. My tastes were not as developed back then. After two days of that I asked if there was any other breakfast choices. My host mother bought me suikerbrood. It is a loaf of bread with sugar baked in it. It was delicious! I told them that I enjoyed this new breakfast very much. This caused a lot of chortling for my two host siblings. It turns out that suikerbrood is a small children's breakfast.

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Excellent, thank you! I do have to admit that the liverwurst I had in both Holland and the Flemish portion of Belgium was probably the best I've had in my entire life - it was simply incredible. Also, does the suikerbrodje have a texture that makes it seem like it "melts in your mouth"? Like upon taking a bite, the initial texture of bread is felt, but where your teeth compress it it seems to melt in your mouth? I ask because we had a bread like that, and couldn't get over the strange but wonderful mouthfeel. It was served, you guessed it, at breakfast! –  Matthew Dec 13 '13 at 14:01
    
It is a very soft bread that contains lots of butter. It is dotted with sugar cubes (or sometimes sugar nibs). I still make it at home as it is one of my fondest food memories. –  BigHandsome Dec 13 '13 at 18:11

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