Five pounds of Italian sausage (what to do with 5 lb. of ground Italian sausage)
Hi Hounds! I have five pounds of ground Italian sausage in the freezer. What can I do with that much sausage? And since it is frozen, I suppose I need to thaw and cook all at the same time.
Grateful for any suggestions! Thanks!
lasagna and assorted other baked pasta dishes
classic tuscan soup (Zuppa Toscana)
assorted breakfast stratas/casseroles
stuffing for raviolis and tortellini
Stuffed peppers. Actually made them this week and they were scrumptious! Used hot sausage that dear MIL bought, raw rice, a can of diced tomatoes with onion and garlic, chopped onion and topped with shredded mozzarella. 45 minutes at 350 degrees.
I would thaw it, mix some into ground beef for a burger/meatball/ meat loaf mix, then cook up the rest into crumbles in 1 or 2 cup measures and freeze for later use. I use ground pork crumbles in soups, chili, egg rolls, and various Asian dishes a lot and it's nice to have it ready to go.
I frequently have ground beef & Italian sausage that I have frozen on hand because my supermarket only discounts the largest sized packs. I will use it to make tomato based meat sauce or chili although for chili I generally mix it with ground beef but I have made it with 50% or more Italian sausage. The chili spices just take over the flavor so don't worry about the fennel tasting weird. I make entrée chili and much hotter condiment chili that I freezer in small containers for when I'm having hot dogs or hamburgers.