Fresh Sausage and Broccoli Rabe (Salsicce e Friarelli)

Total Time:
50 min
Prep:
30 min
Cook:
20 min

Yield:
8 servings

Ingredients
  • 4 pounds fresh pork shoulder, run through the largest holes of butcher's grinder
  • 2 pounds pancetta, run through the same grinder
  • 2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 3 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons hot chili flakes
  • Sheep casings, 8 feet, about 1/2 pound
  • 2 bunches broccoli rabe
  • 4 cloves garlic thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Directions
  • In a mixing bowl, stir together the pork shoulder and pancetta with your hands until well-mixed. Add pepper, salt, wine, oregano and chili flakes and mix until well-blended, again with your hands. Work quickly here so that body temperature does not change the texture of the fat.

  • Set up the sausage stuffer and place the casing over the funnel feeder. If you do not have a sausage stuffer, form the sausage into 1/4-pound logs by hand. If using a sausage stuffer, stuff the sausage into the casings, twisting every 3 1/2 to 4 inches, to yield 4-ounce sausages, and form 22 to 25 sausages. Prick them all over with a needle and set aside in a cool place.

  • Bring 6 quarts of water to a boil and add 2 tablespoons salt. Set up an ice bath next to the stove top. Blanch the broccoli rabe for 2 minutes, refresh in the ice bath and drain.

  • Preheat the broiler. Place the pricked sausages in an oven-proof pan and broil until halfway cooked, 5 minutes per side. Place the pan over medium heat and continue to cook until the sausages are deep golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Add the garlic and broccoli rabe and, stirring, cook until the broccoli rabe is hot, 5 to 7 more minutes. Meanwhile, on a small sheet tray, toast the bread crumbs under the broiler until golden brown. Remove to a small bowl, add the oil and mix well. Pile the broccoli rabe on a plate, sprinkle with the bread crumbs, place the sausages next to the broccoli rabe and serve.


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