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Nonno’s Pork Sausage
This comforting recipe is served with ragout and soft herb polenta.


  • Sausage

  • 600 gms pork mince

  • 200g caul fat, rinsed

  • 50 gms fennel seed

  • ½ bunch parsley, roughly chopped

  • ½ clove garlic, grated

  • salt & pepper

  • Ragout

  • 2 tbs olive oil

  • 500 gms pork neck

  • 100g butter

  • 1 onion, finely diced

  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped

  • 1 anchovy filet

  • 250 ml red wine

  • ½ cup basil leaves

  • 1 bay leaf

  • ¼ tsp dried chilli

  • 1 tsp fennel seeds, whole

  • 1 cup chicken stock

  • 1 litre tomato passata

  • Polenta

  • 3 tbs olive oil

  • ½ onion, finely diced

  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • 1 litre chicken stock

  • 150 g fine polenta (‘instant’ polenta is also acceptable)

  • 3 sprigs chopped thyme

  • 1 tbs parsley, chopped

  • 1 tbs chives, chopped

  • 150 g grated parmesan

  • salt & pepper


  • 1.

    For the sauce, heat olive oil in a heavy based pan. Brown the pork all over. Add the butter, onion, garlic, anchovy, basil leaves, bay leaf, chilli and fennel seeds. Cook over a low heat and stir in the wine and stock. Let it bubble vigorously for a couple of minutes to burn off the alcohol. Stir in the passata. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour, uncovered until the pork is tender.

  • 2.

    Remove the pork from the sauce and chop finely, return meat pieces and remove from heat.

  • 3.

    Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, combine ingredients for sausage except for the caul fat. Use your hands to mix everything together well.

  • 4.

    Stretch out the mince into a long sausage shape and wrap in the caul fat.

  • 5.

    Grease a round baking dish and lay sausage in a coil. Drizzle with olive oil. Transfer to a preheated oven at 180C for 12 to 15 minutes or until cooked.

  • 6.

    To cook the polenta, heat the oil in a large, heavy based pan. Add the onion, garlic and thyme and sweat gently for 5 minutes or until they are soft.

  • 7.

    Season with salt and pepper. Add the stock to the pan and bring to the boil. Pour in the polenta in a slow steady stream, whisking all the vigorously until the mixture begins to boil, then lower the heat to a brisk simmer. Cook for 5 – 10 minutes, stirring with a wooden spoon from time to time, until the mixture thickens and becomes smooth and creamy. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the chopped herbs and cheese. Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary – you may find the cheese is salty enough.

  • 8.

    Serve sausage on a bed of polenta topped with a generous amount of the meat ragout.

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Posted by Philippa WightmanReport
My great friend Leah Meixner's butcher hubby Uwe got me in some caul fat and we're having this tonight - temperatures in Brisbane have been around 6-8 DegC minimum so am really, really, I mean REALLY, looking forward to cooking this one today for our dinner tonight! Serves 4? Think it might, just, stretch to 2... will keep you posted on that one!