Some sausages also include other ingredients like meats for flavoring. When cooking Italian sausage, the ingredients are first marinated in brine for several hours before cooking. It is then cooked in a variety of ways to suit the taste and preferences of the cook.
Most Italian sausages are made of lean meat such as pork, chicken, turkey, or lamb. But they can also be made with fish, game, and poultry. Italian sausage can be made from a large skillet or casserole dish, which is usually filled with rice, meat, vegetables, and cheeses. This Italian sausage is easy to make and it makes a fine Italian lunch or dinner.
Remove The Gills And Bone From The Meat
To make a one pound package of Italian sausage, gather 8 pounds (2.25 lbs. each), or about one pound and a half medium size ham or swan. Remove the gills and bone from the meat. Remove any fat that may remain on the meat. Salt and pepper to taste. Make sure the ham or swan is not frozen.
Rinse the ham or swan in cold water to remove any excess moisture. Place the meat in a large stockpot or Dutch oven with the gills out. Add one tablespoon of each of dried Rosemary, thyme, and garlic powders. Season with pepper and salt to taste.
Remove The Garlic And Any Visible Drippings
Bring the mixture to a boil then lower the heat. Cover the meat and cook for about one hour, turning often. Remove the garlic and any visible drippings from the pan. Use a wire rack to keep the Italian sausage from falling through the cracks in the pan. When you are ready to make Italian sausage at home, cut the meat into one-inch pieces.
In a food processor or blender, combine the following Italian sausage ingredients: pork meat, onion powder, bacon, celery, green pepper, garlic, seasonings, and salt to taste. Puree the ingredients until smooth and creamy. Next, add the wine and bring to a simmer. Cover and cook for approximately two hours, or until the flavors have melded together.
Carefully Drop Them Into The Hot Liquids
Unwrap the Italian sausage, cut it into one-inch pieces, and carefully drop them into the hot liquids. Cover the pot and let simmer for approximately two hours longer. At the end, uncover the pot and fluff up the mixture. Add the reserved tomato mixture and parsley and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Place the sausages on top of the prepared crust, cover tightly and cook in the same manner as you would for a traditional Italian sausage. Remove the skillet from the oven and strain into a serving dish. Top with the reserved garlic powder and parsley, toasted for a bit and serve warm. You’ll be so impressed with the simplicity of cooking this dish – a must try when you’re looking for new and interesting ways to incorporate peppers into your meal planning!
A Meat Grinder At Home
If you have a meat grinder at home, it would be worth investing in to finely mince the meat before you start cooking. Finely chopped meat will enhance the flavor of any Italian sausage. If you don’t have a meat grinder at home, feel free to purchase one and use it to chop your own ingredients. Just be sure to season your meat with salt before chopping. To finish your Italian sausage, top each slice with a slice of prosciutto. If using fresh pork, cut off a slice and then use that as the bottom part of the meat grinder. Next, use a fork to gently crack the meat into pieces.
Place all the pieces in the bottom of the pan and arrange the sausages over the top, pressing down gently but firmly so that they don’t slide out of the pan. Then, carefully place the top side of each slice into the crock pot and bring to a boil. Cover the pot tightly and let the Italian sausage cook for approximately 2 hours or until the meat begins to strain. At this point, you can make slight changes to your recipe by adding in your favorite herbs and seasonings.
In order to avoid burning, turn the heat down a notch and cover the pot tightly. Allow the mixture to cook an additional hour or so before serving. The final steps in making Italian sausage include adding your vegetables and a pinch of salt and pepper to your mixture. Cook your mixture until your mixture starts to steam and then add your cooked vegetables and garlic at the end. Serve with your favorite crusty breads or on their own and enjoy your new Italian sausage.