Recipe: $1.00 | Yield: 4 Tablespoons (16 servings)
Homemade sausage in 5 minutes? It’s possible! Well, sort of → easy Italian Sausage Seasoning to the rescue! There are a few posts on here about sausage soup and bolognese and homemade sausage, but I’m lying…just a little bit. Sausage requires aging and curing, and that is not something I do.
This post is here to clear it all up! I’ve been making sausage SEASONING (of various types) for the last couple of years. I love Maple Sage Breakfast Sausage for breakfast, but this Italian Sausage Seasoning mixture is perfect for…basically all other situations. If you live in Italy…or New Jersey…and you regularly hit up the butcher shop for high-end sausage, I’m sure this isn’t the same thing. It is, however, a much cheaper (& probably healthier) way to get your sausage fix. And since it’s a seasoning blend, you can add it to roasted potatoes (OMGyum), bolognese, lentils, roasted chickpeas, etc. Or when you’re having spinach & eggs for breakfast, mix it in with the spinach for a totally meat-free awesome sausage flavor. It’s awesome. Versatility, my friends.
You can also just make ground beef, pork, chicken, or turkey “sausage” with this stuff. Just mix it into the ground meat and cook it as normal. The earlier you mix it into the meat, the more “sausage-like” texture the meat will get. (Check out this awesome article by The Food Lab for more deets on that.)
As for the price. I generally assume between 5 cents – 10 cents for dried herbs & spices. This will become more accurate soon because I’m going to measure how many teaspoons are in a jar of spices. BUT that has to wait until I’m back in the states. So for this, you’re getting 4 Tablespoons, which is probably something around $1.00. Sorry it isn’t more accurate, but it’s the best I can do right now. Also, if you’d like to use this for making soup or cooking beans, I recommend omitting the salt and adding it to the final steps of cooking instead. This way you can have more control over how much salt you use.
Anyway, it’s a delicious seasoning blend and I highly recommend it. :)
- 2 teaspoons salt*
- 2 teaspoons fennel
- 2 teaspoons spicy cayenne
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- Combine all ingredients in a jar or small dish and stir well. Store in an airtight container. (Refrigeration not necessary.)
- To use: Stir 1 Tablespoons seasoning into 1 pound ground meat. Mix well and use immediately, or let rest for 30 minutes (up to overnight (in the fridge). Form into patties, or cook as you would any regular crumbled sausage. Alternatively, you can brown beef and sauté vegetables as usual, and add the seasoning during cooking.
Use 1 Tablespoon for 1 pound of meat.
It's also a delicious addition to potatoes, vegetables, soup, beans, rice, and more.