I have something of a love-hate relationship with my sausage stuffer. I adore sausage but, now that I have a sausage stuffer, I insist that whatever sausage we eat at home be homemade. There’s a certain amount of setup required to make sausages and I feel the need to make a large batch to make it worth the effort. Therefore, I ended up rolling the dice when trying a new recipe as to how they’ll turn out.
In this case, I knew I hit the jackpot as soon as I offered Angela a piece of the sample I used to check the seasoning. No words were needed. I could see the answer in her face. And while Angela likes sausage, her level of appreciation is not equivalent to my own. This sausage may have changed her mind.
I had been looking for a new Italian sausage recipe to use. My last attempt, while decent, had too much coriander seed for one. It just wasn’t quite right.
While this sausage can fill in for an “Italian sausage” (it is in fact a recipe of Italian extraction), it is not an Italian sausage in the traditional American sense. It doesn’t have the fennel seed which is almost the defining characteristics of such sausages. It does, however, have a lot of garlic and ginger to provide flavor. It’s a lot simpler but still tasty. It can also be used as a breakfast sausage in a pinch (actually the first way I cooked it).
When I have 5 lbs. of sausage in the freezer, I remember why I like to have a sausage stuffer. When viewing the cornucopia of sausages at a megamart (or even the farmer’s market for that matter), it’s hard to remember why I enjoy making my own. Part of it’s just enjoying making sausages with Angela, part of it’s the quality, and part of it is choosing exactly what I want in a sausage.
Salsiccie di Lucania (Pork Sausage from Lucania)
Adapted from Molto Italiano: 327 Simple Italian Recipes to Cook at Home
12 cloves of garlic, finely diced
1 oz. ginger, peeled and finely diced
6 oz. pancetta, chopped
5 lbs. pork shoulder, cut into 1″ pieces
1 lbs. pork fat, cut into 1″ pieces
tsp red pepper flakes
3 tbsp kosher salt
1 cup red wine
8 ft. pork sausage casings
- In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients except for the red wine sausage casings. Refrigerate until thoroughly cooled.
- Place the bowl containing the meat in an ice bath. Grind the meat mixture through the smallest holes into another bowl in an ice bath.
- Add the wine to the mixture and beat with a paddle mixer at low speed for 1 minute.
- Cook a small portion of the sausage mixture in olive oil to verify seasoning. While cooking the sample sausage mixture, place the remaining sausage mixture in the refrigerator.
- Stuff the sausage mixture into the sausage casings. Twist into individual sausages.
Makes 6 lbs. sausages