Recipe by Len Poli
"This sausage is typical of the homemade sausages found in the northern area of Italy, especially in Tuscany near the city of Lucca. They may be used in any recipe calling for Italian sausage. They are versatile in that they can be grilled, fried or boiled."
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coarse ground pork shoulder
coarse ground pork back fat
1 1/2 teaspoons
coarsely ground black pepper
ground cayenne pepper
inches sausage casing, 1 1/2 inches wide
Excellent recipe. We're kind of new to sausage making, but this is one of the best we've tried. Good balance of flavor and seasoning. I added a little fennel just because I like the flavor.
I love the depth of flavor this sausage has. I grind my own pork shoulder because the grocery store's ground pork is always bit and pieces of not very good meat. I added a little basil and oregano for this. Refridgate over night before stuffing so the flavors meld more. Makes divine spaghetti sauce!
I've tried several recipes for Italian sausage and this one is by far the best. I scale it to one pound of pork, reduce the salt to 1 tsp and add a teaspoon of fennel. Perfect sausage without fillers for half the price! Thanks for sharing!
I used ground venison, I forgot to have it made into sausage this year. It turned out GREAT! Used it in biscuits and gravy, and will use it tonight in a stuffed pizza. Added a pinch of Italian seasoning.
I used this recipe as a base to make 1lb. of sausage using ground pork (so I reduced all the ingredients by about 1/5th). I couldnt find star anise so I used a couple drops of pure anise oil. It worked great and turned out wonderful!
Update: we use this recipe all the time and love it! We just made a "sausage seasoning mix". We bumped the servings up to 40, added 1/2 an anise star (ground in the coffee grinder), added 1t paprika, teaspoon fennel, and doubled the black pepper. We just add 1 heaping tablespoon of the mix to a pound of meat. Delicious!
Ver good. Enjoyed the spices, nice flavor. Husband really enjoyed and he is fussy about Italian sausage. Thank you. Update: I made Sweet and Hot meatballs with this sausage and waterchestnuts, with a sweet sauce of maple syrup and cider vinegar. My kids loved this at Thanksgiving as an appetizer and now I am making again for Christmas. Thank you
Very tasty. We use ground turkey or chicken instead of ground beef. Since beef has more flavor than poultry, I will use this seasoning blend often to kick up the flavor.
The flavor was good but a bit too salty, probably from the salt in the casing. I used the sausage stufer attachment on my Kitchenaid mixer and it was quite easy!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Italian Sausage - Tuscan Style
Serving Size: 1/20 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 20
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 287
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