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Sweet Italian Pork Sausage

Recipe by: Chef John V., A Good Cooking Recipe!
History: Less fatty than commercially prepared. So easy to make---you will never buy store made again.
Description: All natural homemade Italian style sweet sausage!
Serving size: about 6 patties
Preparation time: about 30 minutes


1 lb. fresh ground pork, about 75 % lean
1 tsp. ground black pepper, fresh ground if possible
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. sugar dissolved with 2 tsp. cold water
1 tbsp. parsley, chopped coarsely
1 tbsp. basil, fresh and chopped like the parsley
1/2 tsp. oregano, dried
2 dashes nutmeg


Mix all ingredients well, then form into 6 equal portions and press into patties. Brown on both sides and cook through. Use in your favorite recipes!

For hot sausage---add 1 tsp. paprika, 1 tsp. crushed fennel seeds, 1 tsp. dried hot pepper flakes with no seeds and 1 tsp. chopped garlic