How To Make Sausage, Take 1

As promised, here’s the sausage that I made for the pizza. If you like your sausage really mild, go with this recipe. I left out the fennel seeds that are characteristic of most sausage, because my wife hates them. I’m not such a huge fan either, so that’s fine with me.

But even had I included them this would have been exceedingly mild. I resisted my normal inclination to up the spices and cut down on the second try if it’s too much. This time I’m going to work my way up to the level of spiciness that I like. I wonder how many tries it will take.


1 pound lean ground pork
2 cloves minced garlic
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon fresh thyme
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds (optional)
1/8 teaspoon chipotle powder (or cayenne)
1/2 teaspoon salt


I got this recipe from Amanda, who also has a sauce recipe that looks really tasty. The only changes I made were to use chipotle instead of cayenne pepper — because that’s that I already had — and I left out the fennel.

Oh, and I started by grinding my own pork. These were the pieces of tenderloin that were left after doing the pork chops with pan sauce. Slice the pieces into strips then cut crosswise into bite-size pieces.

Meat grinds better if it’s nearly frozen. If it’s warm it gets mashed around instead of chopping cleanly. Put the pieces on a baking sheet with a piece of wax paper, and put it in the freezer for about 20 minutes.

Once it’s cold, run it through the grinder.

Mince the garlic and add it to the ground pork.

And the paprika.

Strip the leaves from the thyme and add them.

Finally the chile powder and salt.

Mix everything together … get right in there with your hands. Sure it’s messy, but it’ll remind you of playing with your food as a child. It’s good for you.

And that’s it. For now.

Oh sure, of course you have to cook it. That’s coming tomorrow. It’s late, and I’ve got to get to bed. I’ll have the finished product for you as soon as I can.