The rightful shape for a sausage
is square. I say this because when one has no grill
the only option for cooking
sausages is in a frying pan
. The traditional circular
shape of sausages is not conducive
to being evenly cooked in a frying pan. What usually seems to happen is the sausage starts to bend into a slight U shape as it cooks, with the sausage ends bending up away from the pan. Coupled
with the roundness of the sausage it proves very hard to rotate
the sausage in order to evenly
cook it all over. Every time you attempt to move the sausage it rolls back to the original position. Obviously an improperly
cooked sausage can lead to a substandard
meal, or worse still, food poisoning
Therefore, the rightful shape for a sausage should be square - although this may not prevent the bending of the sausage it should alleviate the rolling back to the original position, and thus one can better reach the nirvana of the perfectly evenly cooked sausage.
It is worth pointing out I'm referring to the European-style sausage, the stalwart of the English Breakfast, not its American cousin, which I believe is more of a patty of sausagemeat.