Homemade Italian Sausage Mom's Recipe

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Homemade Sausage baked in the oven with roasted potatoes or just make patties out of it with peppers and mushrooms grill, baked or fried.


Sausage and Pepper Upstate New York Style



This recipe uses 25 to 26 pounds of pork shoulder, which creates about 24 pounds of sausage, have the market grind this for you, or if you prefer you can use ground turkey in place of the pork shoulder. This recipe can cut in half also.
Hog Casings (Prepared As Instructed Below)
2/3 Cup of Salt
1/2 Cup Sweet Paprika
1/2 Cup Black Pepper
1/4 Cup Fennel Seed

1/2 Cup White Wine ( I use Chablis)

1/2 Cup Red Pepper Flakes this will make a medium-hot sausage

Flavor suggestions:
Make herb-flavored by adding minced garlic, parsley, oregano, and basil, usually a 1/4 cup of each to taste.
Prepare the hog casings the day before by soaking in water with a little orange juice and salt. Before using, rinse well and cut into pieces 18"- 2' long. Keep the casings in warm water to keep them soft and flexible. You will need a funnel tube and stuff by hand or buy an attachment for your industrial mixer sausage attachment.)
Mix all the ingredients together, usually, we mix by hand, until well combined with seasonings. Put casing on the funnel or machine and stuff. We usually freeze most of the links and you can use this to make many other Italian recipes)


  1. Lovely Claudia! I love sausage especially homemade. I might have get my machine out and make some now that you reminded me :) Cheers

  2. Love the look of those sausages

  3. I've never tried making my own sausage, but I should. I'm sure it would be better than anything I'd buy, even if I do doctor it up, usually just with fennel. Glad to learn your secret about preparing the casings.

  4. As always, as soon as I read "Mon's recipe", this was the first blog I read. I haven't been satisfied with the recipe I've used and I believe it's the lack of herbs that yours has - is this for fresh or dried herbs?

  5. I have never made homemade sausage before, but it is something to consider with deer season in effect.
    I like the blend of seasonings you used here-I have saved. Italian sausage is something we would enjoy-thanks for sharing!

  6. Hi Claudia! Years ago my ex-sister-in-law showed me how to make sausage but I never kept the recipe. Thanks for sharing this one!

  7. 24 pounds of sausage! If you would have laid those sausages end to end you would have ended up at my house and then I could have helped you eat them.

  8. Dear Claudia, Oh, what dear memories are brought back from making homemade sausage! I used to make sausage with my father. He would grind the pork and season it and we would stuff the casings. It was real team work. We would make the different types so everyone was happy. I am so glad to see that you have carried on your grandma's tradition. You have made me think that I should do this with my kids so that they will know how to make sausage. There is nothing like homemade sausage. I am very impressed. You are wonderful and ambitious. I wish you lived close by. We would have so much fun. I am just glad I got to know you. Blessings my friend. Catherine xoxo

  9. My dad used to make his own sausage. He loved the whole process. The sausage and potatoes makes my mouth water!

  10. I'll make a turkey sausage once in a while - a lot cheaper than buying it but have never done it with pork or done the casings. I may skip the casing but try this as loose sausage.I like that you can control the spice and the heat.

  11. You make your own sausages too, Claudia! You really are the Super Chef :) Looks great!

  12. Great sounding recipe. I love Italian sausage, and it would be interesting to see how this compares to what you buy in the store.

  13. I'm so impressed you make your own sausage! I bet they rock!

  14. Knowing this is endorsed by both you and your mom, I just know this is the most fabulous Italian sausage ever! I'm so impressed you make it from scratch, but worth it, I'm sure, when you take that first bite :)

    Have a great Sunday, Claudia!

  15. I love this idea of making homemade sausage, something I have tried before but I have a better one after seeing yours... have FedEX ship overnight packed with dry ice... I will be forever indebted... (or my checks are good too)... seriously, this is just great.. love the fact that it is your Mom's, make it taste so much better.....

  16. My Uncle was the sausage man, rest his soul. I miss him. He made the best venison sausage I ever ate. Sadly, I never learned how to make it.

    It is a wonderful tribute to the family when on carries on a tradition like this. Kudos to you my friend. Bet your mom is loving smiling down at you!

  17. Great post on homemade sausages, Claudia. Thanks for sharing this.

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