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italian essentials: sausage cakes in tomato sauce

Recipe by
Andy Anderson !
Wichita, KS

This is one of those recipes where I just wanted to see what I could come up with… And this is it. You’ve heard of crab cakes; well, these are Italian sausage cakes. They are a minimum of work to assemble, and look (and taste) awesome. So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.

yield 3 - 4
prep time 15 Min
cook time 15 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For italian essentials: sausage cakes in tomato sauce

  • 1/2 lb
    italian sausage, mild or hot, your choice
  • 1 lg
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 2 Tbsp
    ricotta cheese
  • 1 tsp
    powered mustard
  • 3 Tbsp
    dry bread crumbs
  • salt, kosher variety to taste
  • black pepper, freshly ground, to taste
  • tomato sauce, your favorite, for serving
  • cheese for topping, your choice

How To Make italian essentials: sausage cakes in tomato sauce

  • 1
  • 2
    Gather your Ingredients (mise en place).
  • 3
    Add the Italian sausage to a pan over medium heat.
  • 4
    Sauté, breaking apart with a wooden spoon until thoroughly cooked.
  • 5
    Chef's Tip: Don't crumble the sausage too fine... leave it a bit chunky.
  • 6
    Allow to drain on paper towels, and thoroughly cool.
  • 7
    In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg, mayonnaise, ricotta cheese and powdered mustard.
  • 8
    Add the bread crumbs and Italian sausage, and combine.
  • 9
    Chef’s Note: Season with a bit of salt and pepper, to taste.
  • 10
    Divide into four cakes… like crab cakes.
  • 11
    Place into a lightly oiled sauté pan, over medium heat.
  • 12
    Cook until nice and brown, about 4 to 6 minutes per side.
  • 13
    Place some cheese on top (I’m using provolone).
  • 14
    Put under a broiler until the cheese is bubbly.
  • 15
  • 16
    Place on a plate with some warm tomato sauce, and maybe a sprinkle, or shave of Parmesan. Enjoy.
  • 17
    Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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