Hearty, flavorful and generally low-food-cost sausage is gaining prominence on menus as a comfort food fix, and the most popular American member of its family, the hot dog, has even started to go upscale.
 Chefs are putting higher-end twists on the sausage, finding that those preparations are a non-threatening way to introduce guests to more exotic flavors and often can allow restaurants to charge a premium price for the humble dish.
 Drew Belline, chef of No. 246 in Decatur, Ga., recently ...

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