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

Jamaican Jerk Chicken Recipe

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This Jamaican Jerk Chicken is one of those phenomenal recipes that just pops so much, everyone will be asking for the recipe.  It is a little bit spicy but the heat can be completely controlled so that you can dial this in to your specific tastes by swapping out different peppers and lowering the Chile and cayenne content in the Jerk Seasoning.

If you’re interested in other Chicken recipes be sure to check out my Beer Can Chicken and my Cantonese Chicken recipes.

Jamaican Jerk Chicken Ingredients:

1 Chicken or equal portions (4 breasts etc)
6 Green Onions, chopped
3 Scotch bonnet chili peppers or Habaneros Peppers, chopped
1 1″ piece Fresh Ginger, chopped
3 Garlic Cloves, chopped
2 tbsp Jerk Rub Seasoning
1 tbsp Soy Sauce
1 tbsp Honey
1/4 Olive or Vegetable Oil
1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Lime, freshly squeezed
Salt and Pepper to taste

JERK RUB SEASONING
2 1/2 tsp Allspice or Five Spice Powder
1/4 cup Salt
2 1/2 tbsp Garlic Powder
2 tbsp Brown Sugar
1/2 tbsp Chipotle Chile Powder
1 tsp Ground Cloves
1 tbsp Thyme Leaves, dried
1 tbsp Ground Black Pepper
2 tbsp Cayenne Pepper
1/2 tbsp Ground Cinnamon

Jalapeno Popper Dip

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I Love Jalapeno Popper Dip

This Jalapeno Popper Dip is a fun way to kick off any meal.  It’s also great for parties and barbecues.  I mean, who doesn’t love Poppers?  The great thing is you don’t have to fight over who gets the last one.  When you’ve got a dip like this one, the only thing you have to watch for is those sneaky double dippers!

Jalapeno Popper Dip

Jalapeno Popper Dip with Chips

If you’ve ever had bacon wrapped Jalapeno Poppers, you know they rock.  So I made sure to add some bacon to this recipe as well.  In the video recipe, I dip with Corn Chips but, truth be told, I honestly think it’s better with a Ritz or House Cracker.  I’ve even seen some people go for the toasted baguette but that’s entirely up to you.  This Jalapeno Popper Dip Rocks either way.  Just be sure to tell your friends where you got this recipe.

Also, check out my actual Jalapeno Poppers recipe and my Chili Con Queso Dip!

Jalapeno Popper Dip Ingredients:

5 Large Jalapenos, de-seeded & chopped
5 pcs Bacon, chopped
1 Green Onion, chopped
1/4 cup Fresh Cilantro, Chopped
2 pkg Cream Cheese
1 cup Colby Jack Cheese, grated
1 cup Sour Cream
1 cup Seasoned Bread Crumbs
1 Cup Parmesan Cheese
2 tbsp butter
Salt and Pepper to taste

Bake the Jalapeno Popper Dip at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes.