This is an excellent basic recipe. I've now made it twice. The first time, I followed the directions exactly as written using pre-ground pork from my butcher and the sausage was very good but the texture was a little dry. The second time, I ground my own using 2.5lbs pork shoulder and .5lb added pork back fat. I also used red wine instead of the red wine vinegar and added a couple of ice cubes to chill it and increase the total liquid to about 1/4 cup. I used whole fennel seed, not ground so I doubled the amount to 1 1/2 teaspoons, which I ground in a mortar and pestle with the salt and red pepper flakes. The texture was much better than my first effort due to the added fat and liquid. For a mild Italian sausage, this was everything I'd hoped for. Next time, I plan to try fresh parsley and garlic and perhaps even some chopped green onion tops. I may try adding a little ground anise as well but the recipe is fine as written except that it could use a little more liquid and added fat.
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This is an excellent basic recipe. I've now made it twice. The first time, I followed the...