Salsicce All’Erbe {Sausages w/Herbs}


Okay first off let me say that SAUSAGES are incredibly hard to photograph! Seriously, I almost didn’t post this because the foto does in no way shape or form convey the deliciousness of this dish! So let’s go with the don’t judge a book by it’s cover motto, shall we…These Sausages would be equally fantabulous over a bed of polenta. Matter of fact, I would have put it over polenta had I had any in the pantry. But alas no such luck so the potato was the next best option (& well let’s face it, it was in the pantry). The Italian Sausages are full of flavor. Be sure to pierce them before you cook them or else they’ll explode like a water balloon & who wants to have a mess of sausage in the pan, just sayin.

The herbs, ah the glorious aromatic herbs! Here’s the deal. If you don’t like one of the herbs I used don’t use it! I don’t know why you wouldn’t, but hey that’s for another day. Substitute it for another herb. Thyme would be awesome in here. Rosemary, one of my favorite herbs.. but she’s fickle! Be sure to chop that Rosemary up pretty fine. You don’t want to get stuck in the gums with a long sharp piece! Trust me, I know.


This meal is a version of a 10 herb sausage dish that I had while I was in Italy. I just didn’t have 10 herbs at home (I will of course when it warms up) & I just didn’t want to use dried herbs. Yes, I’m an herb snob! I said it! Don’t judge! So it’s more like a 5 herb Sausage dish ; )

It’s a great quick fix HEARTY meal that you can just add a simple side dish to & Voila’!


What you’ll need:
4 Italian Sausages
1 tbsp Fresh Basil – chopped
1 tbsp Fresh Sage – chopped
1 tbsp fresh Parsley – chopped
1 tbsp fresh Mint – chopped
1 tbsp fresh Rosemary – chopped
1 onion – minced
1 celery stalk – minced
1/2 cup white wine
6 potatoes – peeled
3 tbsp unsalted butter
1/4 cup milk
Olive Oil

What to do:
Peel & cube your potatoes and put them into a large pot of water seasoned well with salt. Cook over med-high heat until fork tender. When cooked, drain, add the butter & milk & mash with your potato masher. Check for seasoning. Add salt if necessary. Set aside.

WHILE potatoes are cooking, spray a medium saute pan with cooking spray. Gently pierce your sausages with a fork or skewer and put them into the pan. Cook over medium-low heat until golden, turning often (add a tad of water if sausages are browning too quickly). Approx 10-15 mins. Remove the sausages & keep warm. Into the same pan, add a turn of Olive Oil (approx 1 tbsp)  the onion & celery and saute until translucent.  Add the herbs & wine and cook until wine has evaporated. Return the sausages to pan.

WHILE the sausages are cooking, into a separate saute pan sprayed with cooking spray, add approx 1 cup of potatoes into pan, using a wooden spoon form it into a disc. Cook until golden on both sides. Turning it only once (approx 5-6 mins). Continue until you have four potato discs.

To plate: Place your potato cake on serving plate, slice your sausages on the diagonal and add pieces to top of potato cake, spoon onion mixture on top.

Buon Appetito!



  1. 1

    I think your pictures look great… and the dish sounds *wonderful*!

  2. 2

    Ok, this sounds SO good! I’m loving the sound of the potato cake. Mmmmm…. And notwithstanding the sausage…that is a pretty looking cover to judge this “book” by… I’m curious to know: what is your favorite kind of potato to use for things like this? Is there a particular variety that is authentic to Italian cooking?

  3. 3

    This looks like a delicious meal! What a great combination of flavors. I love love love meals like this one. You’re making me hungry…!

  4. 4

    Oh that looks so delicious. It’s like midnight here and I am drooling over this dish… 🙂

  5. 5

    The photos turned out well.

  6. 6

    Sausages may be difficult to photograph, but you’ve done a stellar job of it… they look delicious. And I love the thought of all of those herbs! I’d concur on the topic of polenta — that would be wonderful here.

  7. 7

    I agree, sausages are hard to photograph but I think you did a great job!

  8. 8

    That. Looks. Awesome. Love the potato cakes, I’ve had terrible luck making those myself.

  9. 9

    as always mouth watering I make something similar over polenta love this

  10. 10

    If this is your idea of a non-appetizing photograph of sausages, then lord help me when you get it right. I am practically salivating over this one.

  11. 11

    Your sausage looks divine!

  12. 12

    My husband would love this – can’t wait to give it a go soon.

    (P.S. I think photographing any meat is horrendous. It’s difficult to make it look appetizing but you did a fantabulous job here.)

  13. 13

    I love this! Your pictures are beautiful!

  14. 14

    I don’t know what you mean, your pictures have me salivating! and the idea of the potato cake is ingenious!

  15. 15

    Made this last night…delish! Very easy to prepare and not much time which is my favorite part.

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    Lizette /

    I made these last night. I didn’t have a lot of time so I used dried herbs and trader joe’s potato pancakes. It was still Delian (although not as pretty to look at). Leftovers are even better. Next time I might try chicken Italian sausages and polenta.

    • 16.1
      Lizette /

      That should say delish not Delian (whatever that means). Not loving the spell check function on this ipad.

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