MAKE YOUR OWN ITALIAN SAUSAGE…

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Going on a cruise soon…practicing…

Here’s another “Make it Yourself”.  Pretty simple one–and you can do so much from this mix:  Meatballs, Meat Sauce, or even add it to Meatloaf and use plain ground meat for the other 1/2.

1 lb. ground meat (I’ve been using Ground turkey for everything, but you can use ground chicken, Pork of course, or Hey!  How about good old Ground Beef!)

Mix into meat:

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. Fennel seed (I always toast my fennel seeds in a dry skillet for about 2 minutes)

1/2 to 2 tsp. crushed red peppers

1 tsp. oregano or Italian seasoning

1 tsp. Paprika

1 tsp. garlic powder or granulated garlic

Mix all the above together until thoroughly mixed.  Use exactly as you would use any sausage.  Meat sauces, meatballs*, etc.

*For meatballs:   Add  1 beaten egg, 1/3 cup parmesan cheese, 1/3 cup bread crumbs, parsley, Italian seasoning, pepper, salt.  Roll into golf ball sized balls.  I like to bake mine at 350 for about 15 minutes on a cookie sheet then add to sauces, so I can drain off any grease.


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