How are ya holdin’ up out there? I know things are gettin’ kinda crazy.
Just when we think we are heading into the time of the year that we can settle into warm and comfy vibes and BOOM things go sideways!
It might not mean much, but I am here for ya, as much as I can be.
Even if it is just working on recipes in my kitchen, or typing up a post, I am here.
That is why I decided to take a teensy break from the holiday-ish recipes and bring you a more comfort-foody kind of recipe.
I know sausage in itself might not seem like comfort food to some, but I have another recipe planned for this Sunday that will make my little plan much more clear so bear with me my darling foodies OK?
Now, why homemade sausage you are asking right?
Well, that is because storebought sausage can hide a multitude of things, some of which I do not even want to go into!
But, as it pertains to the low carb lifestyle, the main thing being CARBS.
Depending on who and how your storebought sausage is made, those carbs can start to really stack up.
And I don’t know about you, but there is nothing I hate more than thinking I am being a really good girl only to find out that carbs were snuck in on me without my knowledge via shady shi……errrrr ways like corn syrup, or other unnecessary ingredients or fillers.
Plus, I just like to know what is in my food, and honestly? I think it tastes better!
INGREDIENTS NEEDED TO MAKE KETO ITALIAN SAUSAGE
Detailed measurements and instructions can be found on the printable recipe card at the bottom of the page.
Red pepper flakes (omit if you want a mild sausage)
HOW TO MAKE KETO ITALIAN SAUSAGE
Please see the recipe card below for the complete recipe, including measurements and cooking time!
Mix all of the seasonings together in a small bowl.
In a large bowl, sprinkle the seasoning blend over the ground pork and combine well with your hands.
Wrap the sausage in plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator for 8 to 24 hours.
Form into patties or use in recipes in place of store-bought sausage.
FAQ ABOUT KETO ITALIAN SAUSAGE
Do I have to make this with pork? No, Italian sausage is traditionally made with pork, but you can make this sausage with chicken, turkey, beef, etc. I do try to use a fattier cut of meat to get my macros in, and sausage is just usually fattier. So, if I am using chicken or turkey I go for thighs, beef I go for chuck.
Do I really have to let the sausage rest in the fridge for 8 to 24 hours? Well, I say yes, because it really allows the flavors to get together and party. I really try to let it go for the full 24 hours. But I have also been that girl that has forgotten to plan ahead and needs to get the recipe going in 4 hours. So, just know that the longer you can let it sit the better OK?
Can I freeze the uncooked sausage? How about the cooked sausage? Yes, you can freeze the uncooked sausage provided the ground pork you used was never frozen. I mean, if it was handled properly it technically can be refrozen, but I just don’t like to mess with it. At that point, I would cook it and then freeze it. Uncooked sausage can be frozen for 2 to 3 months and cooked sausage can be frozen for 1 to 2 months.
Last thoughts about Keto Italian Sausage
Between wanting to know and control what is in my food, and also wanting to save money whenever possible, homemade DIY food has kinda become a thing for me.
I am really enjoying feeling like I can serve my family and friends food I am proud of, knowing there isn’t anything in it that I can’t pronounce, and also enjoying watching my grocery bill go down.
If you haven’t tried making your own spice blends at home, that is a really good way to save money. I buy my spices in bulk and then I can whip up whatever spice blend my little heart desires right in my kitchen for a fraction of the cost!
Plus I know it is fresh and if I run out I can just make more, no need for a trip to the store!
KETO AND LOW CARB RECIPES THAT USE ITALIAN SAUSAGE
Hi Bobbi…great recipe. I like to grind my own meat (like fresh chuck steak for meatloaf) so I know a little about the quality of what I eat. What "Cut" of pork would you recommend using for the Italian sausage?
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