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Italian Sausage Substitute

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by mickey jay, Nov 8, 2013.

  1. mickey jay

    mickey jay Meat Mopper

    So my wife isn't a fan of fennel, which basically eliminates almost all Italian sausage recipes from my kitchen. I tried making an Italian sausage recipe leaving out the fennel and it just tasted weird. Any suggestions on a good bulk sausage recipe without fennel that would go well with tomato based pasta dishes?

    Even a name of a particular sausage would be helpful so I could research recipes on my own.. I just don't even know what to look for.

    thanks all!
  2. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Legendary Pitmaster Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I like AC Leggs brand Sausage kits.

    Does she like brats or kielbasa?
  3. stanjk

    stanjk Smoke Blower

  4. diamondmarco

    diamondmarco Smoke Blower

    That was a very useful link. Thanks for providing it!!
  5. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    good luck let us know who it comes out if you do some
  6. darwin101

    darwin101 Meat Mopper

    I am going to guess she also would not like anise in the sausage.  So think about going a bit spicier with more herbs, garlic, sun dried tomato or a hard cheese.  Find something you both like, or make 2 batches.  

    Me, I would just say too bad and keep the fennel and add anise.  :)
  7. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    Search len poli's site for roasted garlic sausage. I made it with caraway in place of fennel last week and I must say this was an awesome sausage recipe. It is a smoked cured recipe but a pretty easy one. I like easy.
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2013
  8. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

  9. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    also you can substitute rosemary (fresh). Heck everybody likes rosemary right?
  10. mickey jay

    mickey jay Meat Mopper

    Thank you stanjk! There's enough on that site to keep me very busy.

    Darwin, you're correct that anise doesn't fly, and caraway either for that matter. I'm leaning towards something with sun dried tomatoes I think..
  11. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I'm thinking maybe a good Portagee Linguica?

    Maybe a good Spanish style Chorizo. Not the Mexican variety.

    Good luck and good smoking.