Last summer I conducted multiple trials to come up with a gluten-free sausage that would not only taste great but would hold up on the grill. After many attempts, I came up with a recipe that I thought passed the test.
But I knew I still wanted to play around and improve upon it. I needed a recipe that would let me say "Keep your gluten-filled Field Roast and Tofurky sausage. Mine is just as good and won't lead to inflammation or tummy troubles." Not to mention (though I guess I'm mentioning it) mine are not processed and way less expensive. So HA!
Improving the recipe didn't take much. I just switched out the pinto beans for black-eyed peas and amped up the spice mix a bit. A few more mushrooms and a bit more Worcestershire sauce (vegan and gluten-free, of course). If you don't have gluten-free Worcestershire sauce, you can substitute equal amounts of gluten-free tamari and balsamic vinegar. The result was my best work yet!
These sausages are firm enough to hold up on the grill. When you cook them, they are crispy on the outside, tender on the inside but not mushy, and filled with spicy, Italian flavor. Using black-eyed peas instead of pintos removed the "beany" taste and provided a neutral background for the spices to shine through.
The same recipe can be used with different spice mixes to make breakfast sausages, chorizo sausages or apple sage sausages. They can be sliced up to use in other recipes or eaten whole on a hero with sauteed peppers and onions. You can shape them into links or patties.
However you decide to make them, make several batches because you are going to love them and eat them all. Say goodbye to gluten and hello to greatness! Enjoy!
Gluten-Free Spicy Italian Sausage, Part II
For the Spice Mix:
1 ½ tsp. garlic powder
1 ½ tsp. fennel, crushed
½ tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. salt
1 ½ tsp. sweet paprika
1 ½ tsp. smoked paprika
½ tsp. red pepper flakes
1 tsp. oregano
When ready to use, unwrap and cook them however you desire. We cooked them on a grill pan and topped them with mustard and sautéed bell peppers and onions. Yum!
The "V" Word: Say it. Eat it. Live it.