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JOHNNY CAKES INSPIRED BY THE SOPRANOS

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4,112,595 views  There's a wealth of food showcased in HBO's genre-defining classic The Sopranos, but few (if any) surround a real, actual human romance. That's right, the short-but-passionate affair between a noticeably thinner Vito and his mystery-fireman-studmuffin Jim "Johnny Cakes". Labor under the delusion that these star-crossed lovers won't meet a tragic end as we share in their shared New England indulgence, johnny cakes with housemade sausage.

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INGREDIENTS

For the Sausage

For the Sausage

pork butt

4 pounds pork butt

fresh sage

2 ½ tsp fresh sage

fresh thyme

2 tsp fresh thyme

fresh rosemary

2 tsp fresh rosemary

Salt

Salt

Pepper

Pepper

dark brown sugar

1 tbsp dark brown sugar

maple syrup

½ tbsp maple syrup

marjoram

shake marjoram

cayenne pepper

2 tsp cayenne pepper

red pepper flakes

1 tsp red pepper flakes

Freshly grated nutmeg

Freshly grated nutmeg

smoked paprika

½ tsp smoked paprika

Sausage casings

Sausage casings

For the Johnny Cakes

For the Johnny Cakes

cornmeal

1 cup cornmeal

water, boiling

1 cup water, boiling

milk, room temperature

⅓ cup milk, room temperature

Bacon fat

Bacon fat

Maple syrup and butter, for serving

Maple syrup and butter, for serving

DIRECTIONS

1.

For the Sausage

1.

Start by cutting your pork butt into 1 inch cubes and then place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and put in the freezer for 15-20 minutes.

pork butt

4 pounds pork butt

2.

Next, finely chop your sage, thyme, and rosemary and place in a mixing bowl. In the mixing bowl you can also add the salt, pepper, brown sugar, maple syrup, marjoram, cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, nutmeg, and smoked paprika. Stir to combine.

fresh sage

2 ½ tsp fresh sage

fresh thyme

2 tsp fresh thyme

fresh rosemary

2 tsp fresh rosemary

Salt

Salt

Pepper

Pepper

dark brown sugar

1 tbsp dark brown sugar

maple syrup

½ tbsp maple syrup

marjoram

shake marjoram

cayenne pepper

2 tsp cayenne pepper

red pepper flakes

1 tsp red pepper flakes

Freshly grated nutmeg

Freshly grated nutmeg

smoked paprika

½ tsp smoked paprika

3.

Remove pork from the freezer and add to the mixing bowl. Using your hands, mix everything together until it’s all well incorporated.

4.

Using your meat grinder, put the pork through at the grind of your choice, making sure the meat stays cold so it doesn’t clog the grinder.

5.

Once all of your meat is ground, remove sausage casings from the packaging, rinse the salt and off of them and then soak in warm water for 45 minutes.

Sausage casings

Sausage casings

6.

When the casings are ready, thread them onto your sausage stuffer, leaving about 6 inches off of the end. Start slowly by regulating how much you’re putting through until you get the hang of it and then slowly pick up speed.

7.

Once all of the meat is cased, figure out your desired sausage length, and pinch, squeeze and turn to make links.

8.

Fry the links up in a pan on a medium-high heat until cooked through.

9.

For the Johnny Cakes

1.

In a mixing bowl combine cornmeal along with boiling water. Stir to combine before adding room temperature milk. If needed, add more milk until you get a thick pancake batter consistency.

cornmeal

1 cup cornmeal

water, boiling

1 cup water, boiling

milk, room temperature

⅓ cup milk, room temperature

2.

Add some bacon fat to a pan over medium-high heat and then add your desired amount of batter for perfect pancakes.

Bacon fat

Bacon fat

3.

Don’t flip until the bottoms have turned a golden brown. Flip and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes (these take longer to cook than pancakes).

4.

Once they’re done, plate them up with some butter on top, some maple syrup, and some of your homemade sausages.

Maple syrup and butter, for serving

Maple syrup and butter, for serving

5.

Serve and enjoy!

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