Hot Italian Sausage

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Ingredients:

1 ¼ lb. of ground pork (pork butt works best)
3 tsp. of paprika
1 tsp. of fennel seed
1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
2 cloves garlic run through a garlic press or chopped very fine
Olive oil as needed
Directions
(For this recipe I could only find ground pork loin which is a much leaner cut of pork. If you can find ground pork butt, you will have to add some olive oil to the ground pork loin.)

Place everything into a bowl and add a couple of tablespoons of oil to the meat. Mix well with your hands. When you have the spices mixed well into the meat, roll out portions of the sausage meat on a cutting board and shape into sausages. It’s like play-doh when you were a kid!

The ingredients create five sausages.

Place the sausages into the refrigerator and let stand for an hour before cooking. I baked the sausage and fried it in a nonstick pan with a little olive oil. The results are about the same. Bake for 30 minutes at 400 or pan fry in a nonstick pan until brown on all sides and finish in a hot oven for ten minutes.