Home-made Sicilian Pork Sausage with Fennel

I am very excited about today’s post.  It is one of those recipes that I have been making for a long time and that I have been very keen on sharing.  The only reason why I hadn’t done it yet was the lack of reasonably good pictures.  But finally the wait is over… and I think we are still in time for the Northern Hemisphere grilling season.  But for all my Southern Hemisphere readers, do not worry… I am soon going to share a recipe that will allow you to enjoy this amazing sausage without using a barbecue.  Italy is very famous for sausages.  There are so many varieties and if you order sausage in the North, you will very likely get something completely different than what you would in the South.  They are different in shape, but above all in ingredients.  They are (almost) all made of pork, but their seasoning is different. In the North you often get a hint of cinnamon in sausages, while in the south they are often spicy and seasoned with either chilli or black pepper.  Sicilian sausage is yet another variation as it is characterised by the use of fennel seeds.  This is my favourite sausage ever as fennel seeds work wonders with pork and freshen up every bite.  I have eaten the best Sicilian fennel sausage in San Vito lo Capo where the butchers are quite famous for it.  When my dad was young, he used to be friends with one of the first local butchers and saw him making this sausage time and time again.  So… here you have the recipe that my dad passed on to me.  I urge you to try it.  It is AMAZING, preservative free and easy to make.  I bet you won’t buy ready made sausage ever again!  Enjoy and don’t forget to check out my other Regional Italian dishes!

Home-made Sicilian Pork Sausage with Fennel

Home-made Sicilian Pork Sausage with Fennel

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Recipe type: Sausage Tutorial
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: makes 1.2 kg – 2.65 lbs.
  • 800 gms – 1.75 lbs. pork scotch fillet
  • 400 gms – 0.9 lbs. pork rashers, skin removed
  • 20 gms – 1.25 tbsp salt
  • 2 tbsp fennel seeds
  • 115 ml – ½ cup red or white wine
  • 1 tbsp freshly ground pepper
  • Edible sausage casing
  1. Roughly chop the scotch fillet and the rashers.
  2. Grind the scotch fillet and the rashers using a 0.5 cm – 0.2 inch diameter grinder.
  3. Put the ground meat in a bowl. Add the salt, wine, fennel seeds and ground pepper and knead well.
  4. Stuff the sausage into the casing and tie it off with a bubble knot.
  5. Let it dry in the fridge overnight before cooking (or freezing) it.
This sausage can be frozen for up to 3 months, just wrap it in foil and then put it into a Ziploc bag before freezing it.

Home-made Sicilian Pork Sausage with Fennel

Home-made Sicilian Pork Sausage with Fennel

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  1. Such artisanship. I don’t even eat pork and I am drooling over this. :)

  2. Terra says:

    What a great recipe, hubby would love to grill some!! I have on my to do list to make homemade sausage. It looks fun to make! Hugs, Terra

  3. Danny says:

    Yum. My parent have been making these here in Sydney for years.
    I know sometime my papa uses his wild fennel leaves instead
    of fennel seeds or aniseed seeds (he reckons they are closer to wild
    fennel seeds in sicilia…boh???) I know around Catania they call
    these SALSICCIA AL CEPPO- because they mince the
    pork with a knife on a tree stump(ceppo).

  4. This looks fantastic Manuela! i always shy away from making sausage because I don’t want to deal with the casings. But I love fennel sausage albeit a bit spicier. must give it a try!!

  5. cristina says:

    OMG! This is how my daddy use to make sausages. So authentic! This looks fantastic!!! I am so trying this. I know my Home and Family viewers will love this!!!!

  6. I formulate sausages for our own food business and this caught my attention and intense interest. I definitely will try it and come out with a new variety here in Philippines. Thank you very much. Your pic looks so tempting. Great!

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