thanks guys. i think i'll try this soon.
jpbill, i agree about sausage meat. i've found the best (fresh not dried) sausage has slightly larger chunks of meat rather than finely ground. my old italian food purveyor/mentor taught me that this was how to tell a quality sausage as it's harder or impossible to mix in fillers like breadcrumbs and other stuff when the meat is chunkier.
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