How to Make Italian Sausage

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You’re going to love learning How to Make Italian Sausage.  This is, of course, a sweet and spicy recipe that can be easily adjusted to your specific tastes and, most importantly, reveals the secret to actually making it taste like sausage instead of just seasoned ground pork.

The secret lies in 3 places.  First, the sausage has got to have a 2 to 1 ratio; 2 parts meat and 1 part Fat and in this particular case it’s 2 parts Pork Picnic Shoulder Muscle(which is very tender) and 1 part Bacon or Fat Back.  If you’re wondering what Fat Back is, it’s just exactly what it sounds like; the Fat in the back of the pig; which is where bacon is derived from anyway so why not just use bacon.  Plus, for me personally, I can’t get Fat Back where I live without ordering a minimum of 60 lbs and I’ll never make that much sausage.

The Second secret is the ingredients.  This means any kind of sausage you want to make, whether it be Breakfast, Italian, or Chorizo etc., will all depend on the ingredients, or seasonings, going into the 2 to 1 ratio.

The Third thing is all about the binder.  The binder is what fuses the meat and ingredients together and keeps them from falling apart.  I’ve also found that it’s a big part of the the seasoning which also effects the performance in the sausage when it cooks.

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For example:  Most Italian Sausage recipes add a red wine and vinegar combination as a binder, which is fine, but this creates a bitter taste so you have to compensate with a sweetener, like sugar.  But I have found that Corn Syrup works even better and I add Vegetable Shortening.  Why the Shortening?  Cooking the sausage without it leaves the meat very dry.  It leaves an added quality to the sausage that improves the flavor and adds a moist tenderness to the meat when it’s done.

If you’re interested in more of my recipes with sausage in them, check out my Egg Noodle Lasagna and my Spaghetti with Meatballs.

Italian Sausage Ingredients:

2 lbs Pork shoulder Cusion Meat
1 lbs Bacon
6 Garlic Cloves, finely chopped
1/4 cup Fresh Parsly, chopped
1 tbsp Fennel Seed
1 tbsp Italian Seasoning
1 tbsp Paprika
1 tbsp Red Chili Flakes
Salt and Pepper to taste, approximately 1/2 tbsp of each

Binders

1/3 cup Corn Syrup
1/4 cup Vegetable Shortening

Beer Bratwurst with Sauerkraut and Cheese Sauce

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I love these Beer Bratwursts or Beer Brats!  Seriously, this is something that is welcome at my barbecue any day of the week!  They’re fun and delicious, so I never get any complaints.  The Bratwursts themselves are first boiled in beer before they are taken to the grill, and then I make the cheese sauce out of the leftover Beer from the boil.  The Sauerkraut is the Bavarian Style of making Kraut and it tops these Brats off perfectly.  So you’re looking at a Beer Brat that has been boiled in beer, grilled, then topped off with a Beer Cheese sauce and Sauerkraut.  Doesn’t that look Delicious!

And just so you know, I make the world’s best Onion Rings and Sweet Potato fries and I’ve got the links and recipes below!

CLICK HERE for Onion Rings
CLICK HERE for Sweet Potato Fries

Ingredients:

1 pckg Bratwurst
1 bag of Hotdog Buns
2 Beers
3 cups Sauerkraut
2 tbsp Shortening
1 Onion
1 Bay Leaf
1 tsp caraway seed
1 tsp Sugar
1 pckg Cream Cheese
2 cups Cheddar Cheese, mild
Salt and Pepper to taste

Bodum Electric Indoor Table Grill and Griddle, Black


There’s just something about cooking right there on the dining table together with all the guests. It certainly creates more of a communal feeling than when the host is stuck in the kitchen while the guests are having a good time in the living room. This versatile electric table grill is more like two grills in one. The even side of the grill is perfect for pancakes, crepes and bacon. The wavy side cooks meats, fish and vegetables to perfection. It is so easy to switch between surfaces since the grill and griddle plate is one solid piece- just pick it up and flip it over to change sides. Both surfaces are made from non-stick coated aluminum, the handles from heat-resistant plastics. The table grill can be set to six temperatures, and it comes with a double-end heat-resistant spatula-one for each grilling surface. The powerful 1500 to 1800-watt heating element heats evenly and makes grilling a breeze. Whether your are making steaks, grilled cheese sandwiches, or pancakes, the large surface leaves plenty of room for cooking. The grill itself, as well as the drip pan underneath it is dishwasher safe. With the electric grill being perfect for cooking breakfast, lunch, and dinner-why even own a stove, is the only remaining question. Available in black, red, green and orange.
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