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Recipes Tagged with “Sausage”

Green Chorizo

Main Course Mexican Sausage Untested


  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon whole coriander seeds
  • ⅛ teaspoon whole cumin seeds
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano, preferably Mexican
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 8 garlic cloves (do not peel)
  • 2 Serrano chiles
  • 1 poblano chile
  • ¼ cup sherry vinegar
  • 1 cup parsley leaves
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt


Place the ground pork in a large bowl. Set a cast-iron skillet over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add black peppercorns, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, oregano, bay leaf and cloves and toast briefly until fragrant, about 15 seconds. Remove from the heat, transfer to a spice grinder and grind to a fine powder. Add to the bowl with the ground pork.

Return the skillet to a high flame and heat for 5 minutes. Add garlic cloves, Serrano and poblano chiles and roast, turning them from time to time until softened slightly and blackened in spots, about 6 to 12 minutes, removing the pieces as they finish cooking. Set aside to cool at room temperature. Once garlic cloves are cool enough to handle, peel them and discard the skin. Wearing gloves if possible, remove the stems and seeds from the Serrano chiles. Remove the stems and seeds from the poblano chile, and peel away the charred skin.

In a blender, purée the roasted garlic cloves, Serrano and poblano chiles along with the sherry vinegar, parsley and kosher salt until smooth. Transfer to the bowl with the ground pork and spices.

Mix the chorizo with your (preferably gloved) hands until thoroughly combined. Transfer to a container and refrigerate until ready to use, or for up to 3 days. The chorizo can also be frozen in an airtight bag for up to 1 month.

New York Times

Moroccan Merguez and Vegetable Tagine

Main Course Mediterranean Moroccan Sausage Untested


  • 1 pound merguez sausage
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 1 fennel bulb, halved and sliced
  • 1 lemon, quartered [CP: can see no reason why this wouldn’t be a preserved lemon]
  • 1/2 pound carrots, peeled, cut into fourths, then sliced lengthwise
  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled and chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup green olives, pitted
  • 1/2 pound zucchini, cut into fourths, then sliced lengthwise
  • 1 cup cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 cup cooked chickpeas
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots, roughly chopped
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 3 teaspoons cumin
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 10-ounce box couscous


Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy pot. Use a tagine if you have one, but if not a big dutch oven will do. Add the cinnamon, coriander, paprika, turmeric and cumin to the pot.

Add the lemon, onion, fennel, garlic and green olives to the pot and cook until softened, for about 15 minutes. Taste for salt.

Meanwhile, brown the merguez sausage in a skillet over medium heat and reserve the cooking oils. Set aside.

Add the tablespoon of flour and mix well. Add 3 cups of chicken broth and allow to bubble for 5 minutes.

Place the merguez, plus the oil rendered from the merguez, and the remaining vegetables into the pot. Add the chickpeas, dried apricots and the raisins. Continue to cook over medium for 15 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender and the merguez is cooked through.

For the couscous, follow the directions on the box, and stir in the turmeric before covering the pot to give the couscous a bright yellow hue.

Garnish with cilantro and serve with couscous.

Laila Gohar, Food Republic

Fried Chickpeas with Chorizo and Spinach

Main Course Sausage Spanish Tapas


  • 1/4 cup olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 2 cups cooked or canned chickpeas, as dry as possible
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 4 ounces chorizo, diced
  • 1/2 pound spinach, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup sherry
  • 1 to 2 cups bread crumbs


Heat the broiler.

Put three tablespoons of the oil in a skillet large enough to hold chickpeas in one layer over medium-high heat. When it’s hot, add chickpeas and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, shaking the pan occasionally, until chickpeas begin to brown, about 10 minutes, then add chorizo. Continue cooking for another 5 to 8 minutes or until chickpeas are crisp; use a slotted spoon to remove chickpeas and chorizo from pan and set aside.

Add the remainder of the 1/4 cup of oil to the pan; when it’s hot, add spinach and sherry, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and cook spinach over medium-low heat until very soft and the liquid has evaporated. Add chickpeas and chorizo back to the pan and toss quickly to combine; top with bread crumbs, drizzle with a bit more oil and run pan under the broiler to lightly brown the top. Serve hot or at room temperature.

Serves 4

The New York Times

Beef and Sausage Meat Loaf with Mozzarella

Main Course Beef Cheese Italian Sausage


  • 2 pounds lean ground beef (15 percent fat)
  • 1 pound coarsely grated whole-milk mozzarella cheese
  • 1 pound sweet Italian sausages, casings removed, meat crumbled
  • 2 cups chopped fresh basil
  • 2 cups fresh breadcrumbs made from crustless French bread
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped drained oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup tomato sauce, divided
  • 3 large eggs, beaten to blend
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine


Preheat oven to 375°F. Combine first 11 ingredients in large bowl. Gently mix in 1/2 cup tomato sauce, eggs, and wine. Place meat mixture on large rimmed baking sheet and shape into 16x4-inch loaf. Brush with remaining 1/2 cup tomato sauce. Bake meat loaf until cooked through and thermometer inserted into center registers between 160°F and 170°F, about 1 hour 15 minutes.

Armandino Batali, Bon Appetit, September 2004

Stuffed Meatballs

Main Course Cheese Italian Pasta Sausage


  • 2 lb. italian sausage
  • 12 small mozzarella balls
  • 1 large (28 oz.) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 container store bought pesto
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • fresh basil (optional)
  • 1 lb. whole wheat pasta


Divide sausage into 12 parts, wrap it around the cheese balls. Cover a baking sheet with olive oil. Bake meatballs at 350 for 45 minutes (or so) – keep an eye on them, you’re looking for browned but not overcooked. Heat tomatoes w/ pesto, wine, red pepper flakes, heat through and cook gently for a while. Gently blend the whole thing with an immersion blender to break up the big chunks. Optionally top with a little chopped fresh basil. Serve the whole thing with whole wheat pasta. Oven-roasted broccoli is great on the side, as are fresh greens.


Fettuccine with Sausage, Sage, and Crispy Garlic

Main Course Italian Pasta Sausage


  • 3/4 pound fettuccine
  • 2 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 8 garlic cloves, peeled, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh sage
  • 1 pound sweet Italian sausages, casings removed
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper (optional)
  • 1 cup grated Asiago cheese (about 3 ounces)


Meanwhile, melt 1 tablespoon butter with oil in heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic slices and sauté until light golden, about 45 seconds. Using slotted spoon, transfer garlic to bowl.

Increase heat to medium-high; add sage to same skillet and stir until beginning to crisp, about 10 seconds. Add sausage and sauté until browned and crisp in spots, breaking up with fork, about 8 minutes.

Drain pasta; add pasta and remaining 1 tablespoon butter to skillet. Using tongs, toss pasta with sausage mixture. Add crushed red pepper, if desired; season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer pasta to large bowl. Top with crispy garlic and grated Asiago cheese.

Bon Appetit, March 2008

Pasta With Sausage, Shrimp, And Peperoncini

Main Course Italian Pasta Sausage Shrimp


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound spicy Italian sausages, casings removed
  • 1/2 cup sliced pepperoncini plus 1 cup liquid from jar
  • 1/2 cup chopped shallots
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 24-ounce jar marinara sauce
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 pound uncooked large shrimp, peeled, deveined
  • 8 ounces penne pasta
  • 3 tablespoons grated Asiago cheese
  • Sliced fresh basil (for garnish)
  • Additional grated Asiago cheese


Heat oil in heavy large pot over high heat. Add sausage; cook until browned, breaking into pieces, about 4 minutes. Add peperoncini, shallots, and next 6 ingredients; cook until shallots are tender, stirring often, about 5 minutes. Add pepperoncini liquid; stir until most of liquid is absorbed, about 1 minute. Add Marinara, cream, and shrimp. Cook until shrimp are cooked through, stirring often, about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, cook pasta in another large pot of boiling salted water until just tender but still firm to bite, stirring often. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup pasta cooking liquid.

Transfer pasta and 3 tablespoons cheese to pot with sauce; stir to incorporate. Transfer to bowl. Sprinkle with basil and additional cheese.

Storie Street Grille, Blowing Rock, NC

Italian Sausage

Main Course Italian Pork Sausage


  • 5 lbs well-marbled pork butt
  • 1 cup cold wine (red or white)
  • 1 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 5 tsp salt
  • 5 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh ground pepper
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  • 5 tbsp fennel seed
  • 2 tsp crushed chili peppers
  • 5 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp anise, optional (ground)


Cut the pork butt into long, relatively thin strips. Mix with all the remaining ingredients and marinate overnight. Process twice through a meat grinder.

Taken from Emeril Lagasse and Lesley’s Recipes

Brie and Sausage Breakfast Casserole

Breakfast Cheese Sausage


  • 1 (8 oz.) round brie (2 cups grated swiss can be substituted)
  • 1 lb. ground hot pork sausage
  • 6 white sandwich bread slices
  • 1 cup grated parmesan
  • 7 large eggs, divided
  • 3 cups whipping cream, divided
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 TBSP fresh sage, or 1 tsp. dried sage
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. dry mustard
  • Garnish: chopped green onions, shaved parmesan


Trim rind from brie and cut cheese into cubes.

Cook sausage until crumbled and done. Drain well.

Cut crusts from bread and place crusts evenly in the bottom of a greased 9x13 pan. Layer evenly with bread slices, sausage, brie and parmesan.

Whisk together 5 eggs, 2 cups whipping cream, and the next 4 ingredients; pour evenly over casserole. Cover and chill overnight.

Whisk together remaining 2 eggs and 1 cup whipping cream. Pour evenly over chilled casserole.

Bake at 350 for 1 hour or until set. Garnish, if desired.

Sausage and Lentils with Fennel

Main Course Fennel Lentil Sausage


  • 1 cup dried lentils (preferably French green lentils; 7 ounces)
  • 4 1/2 cups cold water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 medium (3/4-pound) fennel bulb, stalks discarded, reserving fronds
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 1/4 pounds sweet Italian sausage links
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar, or to taste
  • Extra-virgin olive oil for drizzling


Bring lentils, water, and 1/2 teaspoon salt to a boil in a 2-quart heavy saucepan, then reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until lentils are just tender but not falling apart, 12 to 25 minutes.

While lentils simmer, cut fennel bulb into 1/4-inch dice and chop enough fennel fronds to measure 2 tablespoons. Heat 3 tablespoons oil in a 3- to 4-quart heavy saucepan over moderate heat until hot but not smoking, then stir in onion, carrot, fennel bulb, fennel seeds, and remaining teaspoon salt. Cover pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are very tender, about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, lightly prick sausages in a couple of places with tip of a sharp knife, then cook sausages in remaining 1/2 tablespoon oil in a 10-inch nonstick skillet over moderately high heat, turning occasionally, until golden brown and cooked through, 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board.

Drain cooked lentils in a sieve set over a bowl and reserve cooking water. Stir lentils into vegetables with enough cooking water to moisten (1/4 to 1/2 cup) and cook over moderate heat until heated through. Stir in parsley, pepper, 1 tablespoon vinegar, and 1 tablespoon fennel fronds. Season with vinegar and salt.

Cut sausages diagonally into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Serve lentils topped with sausage and sprinkled with remaining tablespoon fennel fronds. Drizzle all over with extra-virgin olive oil.

Gourmet, January 2007