Wednesday, October 10, 2012

My "Italian" Sausage

We have been buying pork from a farmer for a couple of years now, it really is a wonderful thing.  Pigs that get to root through acorns and roots are such happy pigs!  On top of that, they are super tasty too!!  I have been trying to get a recipe nailed down for Italian Sausage and I have tried a few and always decided there was something I just didn't like something about them...and that something is fennel.  Okay so fennel, it taste like licorice!?! So, I am wondering what business it has in my lasagna??  I finally just scrapped the recipes and seasoned up my own "Italian" Sausage.  Please assume, this isn't the real thing.  However it is really tasty.  

If pork isn't your thing, first I would like to say I'm sorry that you are living your life without ham and bacon.  Second, if I haven't offended you enough so that you have left, you could easily use ground turkey or chicken for this recipe both meats would absorb the flavors fine.

My "Italian" Sausage

1-1.5 lbs of ground pork, chicken, or turkey
1 tbsp. of Italian seasoning
1/8 tsp. of crushed red pepper flakes (this is somewhere between mild and hot, double it if you like "hot" from the store)
1/4 tsp. of garlic powder
1 tsp. of sea salt

Mix ingredients into meat.  I usually do this in the pan while I am browning the meat.  You could do it in the raw meat and then put it into casings to make links.  I haven't gotten that brave yet....yet!!!

Love and Butter,

Mishelle


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