How to season pork sausage

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How to season pork sausage
For best results, use freshly ground pork. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Sausage is created by combining herbs, salts and spices with ground meat before using it in a recipe. The ground meat can be from any type of animal, but it commonly comes from cattle or pigs. Pork sausage has a strong, spiced flavour with a smoky taste reminiscent of bacon. Once you season pork sausage, you can stuff it into casings, form it into patties or add it to ground-meat dishes.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 4 tbsp paprika
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seed
  • Spice grinder
  • 0.454kg. ground pork
  • Mixing bowl
  • Cling film

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Combine the paprika, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, crushed red pepper and fennel seed in a spice grinder. Pulse the spice grinder for two 10-second increments to blend the spices into a fine powder.

  2. 2

    Place the ground pork into a mixing bowl, and pour the spice powder over the top. Work the spices into the meat with your hands to blend the sausage seasonings thoroughly.

  3. 3

    Remove the seasoned pork from the mixing bowl, and encase it with a sheet of cling film. Ensure no air can reach the meat. Place it in the refrigerator for 5 hours.

  4. 4

    Use the seasoned pork in any recipe calling for pork sausage.

Tips and warnings

  • Never store the seasoned pork in the refrigerator for more than 3 days.
  • If you do not have a spice grinder on hand, you can use a mortar and pestle instead.

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