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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!

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    1. 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.

      1. Make it into sausage burgers and BBQ? It will be nice for meat sauce or even chili when the weather gets a little cooler; I would get a sharp cleaver and break it up into a few pieces, unless you are having a major party in the near future!

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        1. re: coll

          My thought too.
          Can't you hack off a bit at a time with a clever?

        2. 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.

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          1. re: sedimental

            Defintely add some chop meat to meatballs, I made it out of all sausage not long ago and ended up throwing most away because on one would eat it!

          2. 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.