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Recipe: Election day sausage sizzle

Sizzling sausages are an election day tradition in Australia.
Sizzling sausages are an election day tradition in Australia.

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An Australian election day wouldn’t be the same without a good old sausage sizzle. They're typically a community run barbeque held at polling booths where there's a 'willing' audience from which to raise money for charities, local clubs and organisations.

With Australia's federal polling day coming up on July 2, here's a recipe to help you create a sausage sizzle of your own. Keep it simple for something original and nostalgic, or add some local ingredients to give it an international flair.


1 barbeque if possible (or you can use a frying pan)
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 fresh, crisp bread rolls, halved and buttered (or a thick slices of white sandwich bread)
4 good quality sausages
1 onion, sliced finely
1 bottle of tomato sauce
1 jar mustard

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium - high heat. Add onions and cook until they are translucent. Continue to cook until onions get the desired colour. Then turn down heat very low so that onions stop cooking, but retain some heat.

In a separate pan or on a different part of the barbeque, add the other tablespoon of olive oil to medium - high heat. Add sausages. There’s no need to pierce the skin as long as the cooking surface isn’t too hot. Once a nice glossy finish has appeared on the sausages, reduce to medium heat. Keep cooking for around 5 - 8 minutes until cooked through.

While sausages are cooking, halve the bread rolls and butter.

Election day sausage sizzle
An election day sausage sizzle

ABC: Clarissa Thorpe

Serving suggestion
Gather the voters or your hungry friends and family and distribute paper plates and serviettes. Allow the eaters to add a sausage and onions to their rolls or bread.

Garnish with obligatory tomato sauce, and mustard for the brave.

Use any delicious local ingredients at your disposal to add a personalised, global touch.

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