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Chipolatas have nothing to do with chips; their name comes, via French, from Italian cipollata, meaning ‘flavoured with onion’ (the Italian for ‘onion’ is cipolla, which is related to English chives). These small sausages make their first appearance in English in 1877, in Kettner's Book of the Table, but over the succeeding century they have secured a particular niche for themselves as accompaniments to Christmas turkey and as party nibbles.

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