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The Hirshon Yooper Venison and Pork Cudighi Sandwich

The Hirshon Yooper Venison and Pork Cudighi Sandwich

  • Author: The Generalissimo


Units Scale
  • 3 1/2 lbs. ground venison
  • 6 1/2 lbs. ground fatty pork shoulder
  • 6 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1 tsp. freshly-ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. freshly-ground white pepper
  • 3 Tbsp. Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. freshly-ground Ceylon cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly-ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. mace
  • 1 tsp. freshly-ground allspice
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 3/4 tsp. freshly-ground juniper berries
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly-ground clove
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 2 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup sweet Italian Marsala wine (NOT cooking wine!)
  • 1 cup homemade (preferred) or low-salt chicken stock
  • ***
  • For the sandwich:
  • Ciabatta rolls
  • Mozzarella slices
  • Garnishes: Roasted bell peppers, sautéed onions, sautéed mushrooms Italian pickled cherry peppers


  1. Thoroughly mix the ground pork and venison together – you can grind them together at least once in a meat grinder if you prefer a smoother texture (most Yoopers do).
  2. Hand mix all seasonings, marsala, and stock with the meat mixture. Let stand in refrigerator for 24–48 hours to marinate.
  3. Package as patties, links or bulk, and freeze or use within three days.
  4. For the sandwich:
  5. Divide the pork mixture into 6 round patties. You can shape these however you like, but I make mine slightly oval and oblong so it fits in a hoagie roll nicely. You can cook these either on a frying pan, skillet, or electric grill, all lightly oiled.
  6. Bring the heat up to medium-heat and cook on each side for 5 to 8 minutes or until a nice crispy sear has been formed and the inside has reached about 70C/160F. Once cooked, go ahead and put sliced mozzarella on top and continue to cook for 2 minutes or until cheese is well melted.
  7. In a separate pan, sauté bell peppers, onions, and mushrooms.
  8. Plating:
  9. Assemble your buns. Place a cooked patty on the bottom half of the bun. Pour your favorite marinara sauce on top (heat the sauce beforehand…). Then, add your toppings. Warm up your favorite pizza sauce. Layer patty, sauce and garnishes on your bun and enjoy!

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