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Pork sausage with dandelion greens and chili flakes

Recipe by:Executive Chef Evan Gotanda
Salt House, San Francisco

Ingredients

  • Sausage
    2 tsp. paprika
    1 1/2 tsp. salt
    1 tsp. garlic powder
    1 tsp. black pepper
    2/3 tsp. fennel seed
    1/2 tsp. chili flakes
    1/2 tsp. dried oregano
    1/2 tsp. dried sage
    1/2 tsp. dried basil
    1/2 tsp. dried thyme
    1 lb. ground pork

    To finish
    1 tbsp. olive oil
    1 lb. fresh fettuccine 
    4 cups chopped dandelion greens
    1 tsp. chili flakes
    2 cups white wine
    1 1/4 cups grated Parmesan

Directions

For sausage: Grind seasonings in a spice grinder or blender. In a bowl, mix ground pork and seasonings by hand until it starts to come together, 2 to 3 minutes. Cover and set aside until ready to cook.

To finish: In a large pot, boil water with enough salt to make it slightly salty (about 1 tsp. for every 4 cups). In a large sauté pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add sausage and break apart using a wooden spoon. Cook until done and slightly caramelized, 4 to 5 minutes. Don't worry about the amount of fat that builds up; you'll use that to emulsify the sauce.

While sausage is cooking, drop pasta into boiling water. Cook to al dente, 4 to 5 minutes. Meanwhile, stir dandelion greens and chili flakes into cooked sausage. Give it a few tosses and deglaze with wine. Reduce liquid by half, then add pasta. Give it a few more tosses and reduce until it starts to thicken, 2 to 3 minutes. Add 1/4 cup of the Parmesan and toss a few more times. Transfer to a serving plate and top with remaining cheese.

Serves 4 to 6

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