I love Italian Sausage! I just don't love paying $3-4 a lb. for it. This is a great recipe to turn regular breakfast sausage or ground pork into delicious Italian Sausage.
Home-Made Mild Italian Sausage
1 lb. ground pork (or breakfast/regular sausage)
1 1/2 tsp. salt (1/2 tsp. if using sausage)
2 tsp. fennel seed
1 tsp. paprika
1-2 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
Mix all ingredients into meat.
Can be used immediately, but best if set in the fridge for 12 hours.
This can also be frozen.
For Sweet Italian Sausage:
Omit the chili powder and add 1 1/2 tsp. sugar
For Hot Italian Sausage:
Increase the paprika to 1 1/2 tsp.
Increase the chili powder to 1 1/2 tsp.