When you think of Italian sausage, the first thing that probably comes to mind are the dough-filled bread dough that you find when you buy it in the store. But did you know that not only is this type of bread made with the Italian method of making sausage, it is actually one of the oldest types of baked goods ever created? There is no way that anyone could have gotten this early style of bread made without the help of onions, peppers, salt, flour, eggs, yeast, and wood. It is amazing how early man managed to use all of these things, but it does show that they were aware of their ingredients and how to make bread. And now you can get this delicious Italian sausage at any Italian food joint, and you will love the fact that you can learn how to make it as well.
Although the basic ingredients for making Italian sausage are usually identical, depending on what you use, the preparation process may vary slightly among various parts of the country. Some places will use fresh onions and peppers, others will use dried ones, and still others will use garlic alongside the peppers and onions. For example, in the Veneto area of Italy, there are plenty of homes that use a mixture of dried oregano, fresh parsley, chopped onion, and fresh garlic to prepare their homemade sausage. The result is an Italian sausage that have lots of flavor and is very thick.
In the Piedmont area of Italy, people will typically make their own homemade sausage. This is because it is simple to make, and requires ingredients from your local deli. All you really have to do is buy the meat, which can be found in the Italian section of your supermarket, and then cut it into strips. Then you mix it with some oil or fat of your choice and spread it onto the bread. Next you need to start rolling it into sausage shapes. As long as you keep it moving and stretching, it will end up looking like the original product that you bought.
Cooking Italian Sausage
Here in London, UK there is an interesting take on the old-time Italian sausage roll. Instead of using mozzarella cheese, the Italians now use mozzarella soy sauce. The ingredients are more or less the same, but instead of rolling it into sausage shapes, you use it to make a flat pizza. Once it is baked, it goes well as a topping for pasta dishes, or even mixed with some olive oil and herbs to make a delicious herb butter. The great thing about using soy sauce instead of mozzarella is that you can also use it to cook bacon.
Because of its incredible texture, sausage is usually served on its own. However, if you want it to taste as good as it looks, it is important to marinate it for a few hours in cider vinegar and olive oil. While it is soaking in those liquids, you should be careful not to touch it with your bare hands. This way, you can ensure that the pungent odor of the vinegar does not escape into your digestive tract. It is also important to drain the liquid before serving the sausage. If you have a wood-burning oven, you can bake the sausage in it, which will give it a longer cooking time and give it a more even brown color.
Many Italian recipes call for ground meat. In this case, it is best to use lower fat ground beef, preferably grass-fed. Grass-fed beef has a much higher fat content than the commercially produced meat. You may choose to substitute a turkey or chicken instead of beef. Just be sure to add poultry fat or drippings from vegetable oil, if it is available, to make it healthier for you.
In The End
To make the sausage, first you need to cut up the bell pepper and onion into thin slices. Place the sliced pieces into a zip lock bag and crush with your fist. Once you have made the mixture, add the garlic and sauteed onions. Continue cranking the mixture until the meat becomes soft and then remove from the bag and place into the slow cooker.
You may choose to make a sausage mixture that is shaped like a log. This type of mixture is called a “pizza roll.” To make this delicious dish, you need to combine the softened sausage, milk, flour, and chopped onion. Cover the lid of the slow cooker, and set the cooker to medium heat. When the sausage is done, it will be ready to serve. Just make sure to remove the Italian sausage from the bottom of the pan before serving.