Garlic and Herb Sausage

“Lovage has a mysterious quality,” says chef Russell Moore (Camino; Oakland, California) of the underused herb, which “tastes like celery mixed with Middle Eastern spices.” It’s an unusual, delectable addition to this classic sausage mix.

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Garlic and Herb Sausage Garlic and Herb Sausage
Lovage adds a mysterious "celery mixed with Middle Eastern spice" quality to this otherwise classic sausage; helping to cut through the juicy, fatty links.
Yield: serves 6
Time: 3 hours, 30 minutes


  • 4 tsp. whole black peppercorns
  • 1 tsp. whole allspice berries
  • 2 bay leaves, torn into pieces
  • 2 espelette peppers, stemmed and torn into pieces
  • 2 14 lb. pork shoulder, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 34 lb. pork belly, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 12 cup white wine
  • 2 tbsp. kosher salt
  • 2 stalks green garlic, or 6 cloves garlic, peeled and mashed into a paste
  • 2 tbsp. roughly chopped oregano
  • 1 tbsp. roughly chopped lovage
  • Sheep’s casings, for stuffing


  1. Pulse peppercorns, allspice, bay leaves, and peppers in a spice grinder until fine. Combine spices, the pork, wine, salt, and garlic in a bowl; toss to combine and then cover. Chill until very cold, 3 hours. Pass meat mixture through a grinder set to large dice; stir in oregano and lovage. Stuff sausage mixture into casings (See the Basic Technique).