LOUKANIKA – GREEK SAUSAGE WITH ORANGE PEEL AND A HINT OF OUZO

For July’s 5 Star Makeover we have to pick a classic Greek meze and make it our own.

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Everyone that knows me, knows my love of Greek food and my years involved in promoting and hosting at a Greek restaurant in Midtown-Manhattan.  I said so long, but the love of this cuisine stayed with me.

I decided to make one of my favorites:  Greek sausage with orange peel sans casing. Also, I wanted to serve it with a bit of sweetness and decided on a compote of pears and fennel.

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Ingredients:

Compote:

3 pears cut into cubes
1 medium size fennel, sliced
1/4 sugar
1/4 water
2 cinnamon sticks
2 star anise
3 tablespoons ouzo

cook covered over medium heat until fruit is tender.

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Sausage:  adapted from Food.com

2 lbs ground pork and 1/2 lb of pork fat (my butcher took care of this)
rind of 1 orange (pith removed) cut in small pieces and grated skin of half an orange
4 garlic cloves crushed
3 tablespoons minced parsley
2 tablespoons Greek oregano
2-3 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons anise seeds
2 teaspoons ground coriander
1 1/2 teaspoons ground allspice
2  teaspoon pepper
3-4 tablespoons ouzo

Combine all ingredients.  Shape with plastic wrap and refrigerate for a few hours or overnight.

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Remove from wrapping and grill.

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Thanks to Natasha and Lazaro for another fun roundup. 

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καλή όρεξη kali orexi

Buen Provecho!

 

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27 Responses to LOUKANIKA – GREEK SAUSAGE WITH ORANGE PEEL AND A HINT OF OUZO

  1. You sausage looks wonderful and ot intimidating to make since there is no casing :-) Love the orange peel and ouzo in there. The compote is a great final touch.

  2. mwkitchen says:

    anise and orange is a great flavour combo and I really like the idea of it in this sausage,, paired with a boozed up compote too! Will be giving this a go!

  3. angelamroberts says:

    You got the Greek thing so down. I’ve yet to make my own sausage, but someday.

  4. The sausage looks totally cool! Flavourful and delicious!

  5. Faith says:

    I’ve been wanting to play around with making my own sausage, thanks for the inspiration — this looks delicious! Sounds perfect with that fruity compote.

  6. What a creative way of making sausage. I love the use of Ouzo and orange peel. I’m sure this tastes delicious.

  7. Trix says:

    Nice job on the casing-less sausage. Impressive work! I love the flavors here.

  8. Shannon says:

    homemade sausage looks so easy, i’ll have to give it a try! and how delicious with the orange peel and ouzo–great work :)

  9. Nydia says:

    This is a wonderful recipe Norma. I never try Greek sausage, but yours look fantastic.

  10. Oh, such beautiful flavors! I love homemade sausages the best and now you’ve shown me how to make one Greek-style :)

  11. I just tried to leave a comment, but am not certain what went wrong. Great post. This is possibly the most interesting sausage and condiment combination I have ever seen. The orange and ouzo are inspired. Thanks so much for sharing!

    saludos,
    victoria

    Victoria Challancin

    Flavors of the Sun International Cooking School

  12. Want! This looks like a wonderful combination of favors and textures. I really
    love the fruit pairing. Well done Amiga.

    Joan Nova
    http://foodalogue.com

  13. Tanantha says:

    Oh the sausage. Great job on that! the combination of flavors sounds divine the compote is a great addition!

  14. Val Harrison says:

    Yum tp these Greek inspired sausages Norma, and to the compote.

  15. Laz says:

    Your passion for the cuisine is evident in your dish. Love the sausage and the flavor pairing.

    Bravo!

  16. Wow, a homemade loukanika sounds amazing, and I love the accompanying compote!

  17. Victoria says:

    Norma, this looks fantastic! The sausage looks delicious and I love the orange peel, and the compote is a great sweet balance to the dish.

  18. A very nice job on the 5 star makeover. I am always impressed with what everyone comes up with. I don’t think I am a good enough cook to try making something over like that! I love you photos and it really makes me want to eat it! Yum! :)

  19. This is a must make for me. I got the sausage attachment for the Kitchenaid and love making sausage… it takes a little practice but the result is fantastic. I am fussy about “happy pork” (well-raised) and like the idea of making my own sausage for that reason most of all… well, and taste! This is a must make for me. Great recipe!!

  20. What a delicious combination of flavours! It would have paired beautifully with the pears.. :)

  21. magicofspice says:

    Your sausage looks perfect, and what a fantastic dish! I really love the flavor pairing with your compote and I am sure it paired beautifully with the sausage…fantastic!

  22. What a delicious meal! Those sausages must taste wonderful and I really like that compote.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  23. Joanne says:

    I love the flavors you infused into this sausage! Some of my favorite spices.

  24. Katie says:

    I must say that I’ve had very limited exposure to Greek food, but this sausage looks and sounds divine. The combination of fruits, spices and pork has to be incredible. Love this one, Norma.

  25. Such a flavorful dish! Very creative, love it! Always love to see what you come up with for the challenges! Have a great weekend =]

  26. Sally says:

    I’m going to make that sausage – really fragrant recipe.

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