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Hot Italian Venison Sausage

Number of Servings:  Varies

Ingredients:

5 pounds venison trimmings
1 pound pork shoulder or butt
1/2 pound pork fat cubed
1 1/2 tablespoons salt
1 tablespoon pepper
1 teaspoons sugar
6 cloves garlic crushed or pressed
1/4 teaspoons cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 cup water
4 teaspoon fennel seed
5 teaspoon crushed hot peppers
1 teaspoon parsley dried

Directions:

Grind game meat, pork, and fat together.  Mix spices in blender or container with lid.  Add water to spices and blend or shake.  Let spices sit for a few minutes to mingle flavors.  Pour spices over meat and knead with hands until thoroughly mixed.  Cover meat and refrigerate 12 to 24 hours for spices to penetrate meat.  If the sausage will not be used in a couple days, bag and wrap into individual packages (about 3/4 pound packages) and freeze.

For information on wrapping and freezing go to Freezing Big Game Meat.

Notes & Variations:

For extra hot add 1 more teaspoon of hot peppers and 1/8 teaspoon more of cayenne pepper.
Can use 1 1/2 pounds of pork butt instead of adding pork fat.

Caution: The sausage must be cooked before serving.

Contributor:  Mike Estes, RRGC