Pepper Crusted Mortadella

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5 from 3 votes


Elegant and delicious
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 30 mins
How much do you want to make? 1000 grams


Optional Ingredients


  • Dice backfat into small cubes and blanch for 3 minutes
  • Grind the lean pork and the fat separately twice. First time through a 6 mm plate, partially refreeze then grind again through a 3 mm plate.
  • mix the gelatin with your wine until fully dissolved.
  • Mix the salt and the cure in with the ground lean pork and place in your food processor. Chop for 3 minutes adding half the chilled wine. Try to keep the temperature between 35-39F
  • After meat has been chopped add the fat and the rest of your seasonings. Emulsify in your food processor. Add the rest of the wine and the ice water while chopping. Chop till the temperature reaches 57F.
  • Dust your whole ingredients (blanched fat, pistachios, etc.) with potato starch to help them adhere better to the meat.
  • Mix your meat batter with whatever whole ingredients you plan on adding (cubed fat, pistachios, etc.)
  • Stuff into your casings and let rest in the fridge over night.
  • If you plan on smoking your mortadella then smoke low and slow. Start at 110F and slowly work the temp up to 175F (over a 10 hour period) until the internal temp reaches 150F
  • If you plan on poaching then place the mortadella in 176F water and cook till the internal temp reaches 155F.
  • After it's cooks cool it down in an ice water bath and refrigerate overnight. Enjoy

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10 thoughts on “Pepper Crusted Mortadella

  1. Robert

    Can I substitute Pork belly for Back Fat?

  2. Tom Wohl
    Tom Wohl

    The Sausage Makers don’t carry the pepper crusted casings anymore. Do you have another source for them?
    Thank you.

    1. Eric

      That’s unfortunate. I’m not sure who else might sell them..

  3. Wally

    How long will it keep in a vacuum and refrigerated?

    1. Eric

      If no cure is added it will only be good for 2-3 days. If cure is added it can be good for 7-10 days

  4. Mike

    5 stars
    I always see pork back fat being used but about fat from beef? Could that be used? I trimmed a whole strip loin and the fat from it seems like it would work.
    I love this recipe have made 4 or 5 time now!!

    1. Eric

      You could use beef fat. Check out my beef mortadella post:

  5. JR

    Why is the fat blanched? Is this for food safety or another reason?

    1. Eric

      It helps preserve the color and allows it to “stick” easier in the sausage

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