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Old 07-07-2005, 12:25 PM   #1
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I need suggestions to use up sausage

I pulled 6 hot Italian sausages out of the freezer the other day, but never used them so now I need to cook them up today or they are trash. I was planning on just crumbling them up and cooking and then freezing again to use when I need, but I thought I would post here first and see what great ideas all of you can come up with. It is probably about a pound and a half or so. What should I make?


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Old 07-07-2005, 12:42 PM   #2
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Give this sauce a try. I had an old recipe I came across while revising my cookbook. I made it for the first time in a long while with some modifications and we both liked it a lot.

Sausage & Porcini Sauce

14 Oz Chicken Broth
1 Oz Dry Porcini
1/2 Lb Hot Italian Sausage
2 Tb Olive oil
1 Onion, diced
2 Garlic, minced
28 Oz Canned Tomato
1 Tb Basil
1/2 Tb Oregano
1/4 C Dry Vermouth
TT Salt & Black Pepper
1/4 C Pine nuts, toasted OPTIONAL

Bring the broth to a boil and reconstitute the mushrooms in the broth for 30 minutes.

Remove the mushrooms from the broth and filter the broth through a paper towel. Reserve the liquid.

Pierce the sausage casings with the point of a knife to allow the fat to drain then brown the sausages, remove and cut into bite-size pieces.

Heat the oil in the pan and sauté the onion and garlic.

Dice the reconstituted mushrooms and add them to the pan. Add the filtered mushroom liquid and reduce to ⅓ volume.

Add the tomato, herbs, the vermouth and sausage pieces.

Season with salt and black pepper to taste.

Simmer for 45 minutes to an hour. Add the pine nuts prior to serving.

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Old 07-07-2005, 12:45 PM   #3
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Just off the top of my head

Any egg dishes (scrambled, fritatta, quiche, ect.)
Noodle dishes (baked ziti, A la vodka sauce, spaghetti, lasagna)
Put them into stuffed mushrooms
spicy gravy and biscuits
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Old 07-07-2005, 01:09 PM   #4
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We like to serve them with spaghetti. We steam/fry them in water and then add to the plate like meatballs.
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Old 07-07-2005, 01:21 PM   #5
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To add to Rainee's reply, we sometimes add the sausage in with the spaghetti sauce along with the meatballs. Or, how about sausage, peppers, and onions on a sub roll? Or maybe stuffed peppers using the sausage along with some rice.
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Old 07-07-2005, 03:03 PM   #6
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i was gonna say use them in an egg casserole but you don't like eggs. (you HAVE to be difficult and not like eggs, geebs, don't ya? )
other than that, like amber said, how about just having them w/ peppers and onions on a roll? unless you already made them like that....
the only other way i've had hot sausage is like rainee said, w/ spaghetti.
i have a recipe here for sausage ziti, too, if you want it.
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Old 07-07-2005, 03:52 PM   #7
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make a stuffing with the sausage as you might for peppers and stuff them or squash. rice, rough breadcrumbs, and small vegie bits make a great mixer. If those zucchini or acorn squash are coming in, cut them open and stuff them.

Or make a sweet pepper chili with the sausage as your meet.
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Old 07-07-2005, 04:32 PM   #8
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Paella or Jambalaya. Italian Sausage gives a different but tasty flavor to each, as opposed to using chorizo and andouille.
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My ideas were all taken!
However, I'm like you - I'll take out meat, cook it, and then re-freeze for an easy mix in with sauces.
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Old 07-07-2005, 05:50 PM   #10
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we often use the sausages in pasta sauces, but one of my husbands favorites for the hot or the sweet are to just brown them in their casings, , then brown slices of potato, onion and red and yellow peppers, thus sausages and peppers Me I leave out the potato and just plop the sausage and some peppers on top of a buttered slice of thick french or italian bread and munch It's easy, one dish and a tossed salad and a glass of wine or even beer and your set.
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