Thursday, August 18, 2011

ITALIAN SAUSAGE

Oh my goodness, this sausage tastes SO good and goes together in a flash. The recipe says you can use it right away, but I let mine sit in the fridge for a few hours to blend the flavors, then fried it all up and froze it in small packages so it will be instantly ready for pizzas (or a million other things). This is going to be a regular at our house from now on!!

ITALIAN SAUSAGE
2 pounds of ground pork
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon dry parsley
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
½ teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
¾ teaspoon fennel seeds
½ teaspoon paprika (not the hot kind)
½ teaspoon dry minced onion flakes
1½ teaspoon salt

Mix the spices together before you add to the meat.  A note about the fennel, onion flakes, red pepper flakes and Italian seasoning: I measured the ingredients first, THEN I ground them with my mortar and pestle so that they would distribute evenly throughout the sausage. Knead the spices into the meat with your hands and chill completely.
 
After the sausage has "mellowed" in the fridge for a few hours, or overnight, either fry (for about 10 minutes for until browned and crumbly), or package and freeze.

This was SO good, I'll NEVER buy pre-made Italian sausage again!! It is also delicious in a meat sauce


NOTE: I make my own Italian seasoning with equal parts of: dried basil, dried marjoram, dried oregano, dried thyme, dried rosemary and dried sage (measure the rosemary...THEN crush it a little before you add it to the blend.

10 comments:

Donna-FFW said...

Ive never made my own sausage .. it sounds so easy to do. Definitely worth a try! Thanks for the idea.

Pip said...

That is one of the most delicious meals I have ever laid eyes on. I want to go home and cook this NOW! Thanks for sharing.

jackatessa said...

YUM! This is a great idea! They always have ground pork on sale at our store, too. Thanks Coleen!

charlotte mgcc said...

I have made something similar with a combination of ground turkey and pork. your recipe sounds so good. i will try it when all our kids come home again. I can almost taste it, yum.

Julie said...

It sounds amazing, and your pasta dish looks mouth-watering good!

Mary said...

This sounds delicious and it really is great to be able to make your own sausage whenyou need it. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

teresa said...

so yummy! i have to try this!

Donna said...

now you've got me curious enough
to try this! Have only bought it from one place for years but am willing to try something new. Thanks Coleen.

Donna said...

Had to write back. Made the sausage today. OMG!! Wonderful.I did add a little pecorino cheese and it is yummy in it. I agree with you-Ill never buy sausage again. Didn't know it was this easy to make. Coleen,thank you sooo much. I love learning new things and try each day to learn one new thing.

Trish said...

You are amazing....I am definitely going to be trying this.