Make Italian Salsiccia Yourself - Here's How


Buy Italian Salsiccia or make it Yourself?

Which is better - buy Italian salsiccia or make it yourself? Why not both? It works with our recipes from all over the world. Since we were on one Enjoyment trip through Hessen at one hessian sausage sommelier have learned how to make the bratwurst ourselves, we also do this at home. Not everyone has time to make their own bratwurst. Therefore you can get your buy italian sausage specialties *. However, if you want to know what's inside, it is worth taking the time to do it yourself. Hans Schmid from Jägerhof Maar in Lauterbach in Hessen revealed his salsiccia recipe for the fennel sausage. This Italian sausage is an Italian sausage specialty that often appears in the country's recipes.

Buy Italian salsiccia or make it yourself
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Italian Bratwurst has been known since Ancient Times

There are legends about the origin of Salsiccia. It is said that Queen Teodolinda from Lombardy invented the salsiccia recipe. It is said that she gave it to the residents of Monza. Other Italian regions also claim the origin of Salsiccia for their area: Veneto, Campania and Basilicata. However, the origin can be traced back from historical sources. Cicero and Martial describe the "Lucanica". This is what they call a sausage specialty that Lucanian slaves introduced in Rome. Roman soldiers called it Lucanica because Lucanian slaves brought it with them. Apicius mentions the Salsiccia recipe in his treatise By Re Co Maquinaria. Marcus Terentius Varro also writes in his De Re Rustica"Its name is Lucanica because the soldiers knew it from the Lucanians."

Martial, the gastronomic poet, tells a century and a half later, that Lucanian slaves were very popular with noble families in Rome, because they "know how to cook pork, that is kept in the same gut as the animal."

The way of preparing the Salsiccia originates in the Basilicata in southern Italy. However, the spices can be traced to Roman influences. The Romans contributed to the spread of sausage preparation in their sphere of influence in the western world. This is how the regional variations of Salsiccia came about.

Pork Sausage

Salsiccia is an Italian sausage made from pork. The ancient Lucanians knew, how to process pork. The variety of sausages in Italy, however, only emerged between the fourteenth and seventeenth centuries. At that time, the butchers from Norcia in Umbria mainly specialized in the processing of pork. Guilds were created, that gave new impulses to certain meat products.

The butchers from Umbria offered their services in the winter months. They left their cities from late autumn to spring and traveled through the countryside during the butcher season. In winter, the pig was slaughtered, which provided meat for the family for the rest of the year. This tradition continued in Italy until the 1950s.

Salsiccia Recipe

With this Salsiccia recipe you can make about thirty sausages. In order to make it you need this:

Electric meat grinder stainless steel

You need these tools to make Salsiccia:


  • Two kilos of pork shoulder
  • a kilo of pork belly with fat (the fat is important, otherwise the sausage is too dry)
  • six meters pig intestine * (Size 28/30)

The Salsiccia spice mix *you can buy here or make your own Italian sausage specialty with these ingredients: I prefer to make it myself.

  • Two heaping tablespoons of salt
  • a tablespoon of pepper
  • half a tablespoon of fennel seeds
  • 120 ml of dry white wine
  • two gloves of garlic


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Preparation of Salsiccia

Finely chop the garlic and let it steep in the white wine for at least 24 hours.

Finely grind the fennel seeds in a mortar. Soak the pig intestine at least ten minutes before use, so that it becomes flexible.

Cut the meat into five centimeter cubes, salt and mix well.

Turn the meat through the meat grinder. It is best to use a 5 millimeter disc for this. Then you add the remaining spices and the wine and knead the meat mixture well.

Pull the pig intestine over the filling nozzle of the sausage filler. Then you fill the meat mass in the pig intestine with the sausage filler. Make sure that the intestine does not become too full, because afterwards you have to separate the individual sausages into portions.

You do this by squeezing the pig intestine in the desired length of sausage and pushing the meat fill to the side. Then you take these places and twist them. This will close the sausage. This is how you proceed with all the meat in the intestine.

The finished sausages then have to rest in the refrigerator for three to four hours so that they “set”. During this process, the salt loosens a muscle protein from the meat that holds the mass together like glue. Only then can you roast the sausages on the grill for three to four minutes. What you should pay attention to, we have described here. You can also freeze your sausages and later grilling.

In Italy, many Dishes are cooked with Salsiccia

The Italian bratwurst is not only eaten grilled. They are used in various dishes. You can put them on pizza Pasta Prepare with salsiccia, make a ragout out of it. Goes well with a grilled salsiccia Chimichurri sauce from Argentina or a Peperonata vegetable. The Italian sausage specialty is very versatile.

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