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    Homemade Mild Italian Sausage

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    45 mins

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    Charlotte J's Note:

    To save time I'm using ground pork to make mine. From Emeril Lagasse Riverside Len, suggests leaving the cayenne pepper out all together.

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    1. 1
      Combine the pork butt, garlic, paprika, fennel seeds, salt, pepper, cayenne, anise, parsley, and red wine in a large bowl and toss well to coat.
    2. 2
      Refrigerate covered overnight or up to 24 hours.
    3. 3
      Pass the mixture through a meat grinder fitted with a medium die.
    4. 4
      (Alternately, transfer to a food processor in 2 batches and process until finely ground.).
    5. 5
      To test the seasoning, heat 1 teaspoon oil in a small skillet, and cook about 2 teaspoons of the mixture.
    6. 6
      Adjust seasonings, to taste.
    7. 7
      Using the sausage attachment on a mixer, stuff the meat into the casings, if being used.
    8. 8
      Twist and tie off to make 4-inch sausages.
    9. 9
      Alternately, shape into patties.
    10. 10
      Cook sausage in usual manner, making sure the internal temperature of the sausage links reaches at least 150 degrees F.
    11. 11
      Uncooked sausage can be stored in the refrigerator up to 3 days or freeze and use within 3 months.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on September 04, 2012


      It's pretty good. It's an Emeril Lagasse recipe and in my opinion his recipes tend to be very highly spiced and this one is no exception.

      I reduced the paprika to 1 tablespoon, the black pepper to 1 teaspoon, the salt to one teaspoon (my preference for lower sodium, if you don't care about that it would be ok to use the amount called for) and the cayenne to 1/2 teaspoon. Maybe Emeril's cayenne is less hot than mine but I can't imagine using 1 teaspoon and still call this sausage mild. Using the 1/2 teaspoon gives this an unmistakable hint of heat. Cayenne is a very hot spice and I'm sure that using the full teaspoon in 3 pounds of meat would make your taste buds stand up and take notice.

      Overall, I liked this sausage pretty well. It is well seasoned and has a more complex flavor than average Italian sausage. I used a 3.5 pound pork shoulder roast that I ground fresh. I like the procedure of seasoning the meat after you cut it but before you grind it, it makes distribution of the seasoning easy.

      My rating is based on my alterations and not the way the recipe is written.

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    • on April 11, 2009


      We stuffed this and really enjoyed them. They have a little kick to them but not too much.

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    Nutritional Facts for Homemade Mild Italian Sausage

    Serving Size: 1 (1471 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 1048.7
    Calories from Fat 647
    Total Fat 71.9 g
    Saturated Fat 24.8 g
    Cholesterol 299.3 mg
    Sodium 2608.8 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 6.4 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.4 g
    Sugars 0.5 g
    Protein 86.3 g

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