Thursday, June 16, 2011

Homemade Pork Sausage

I use my Kitchen Aid mixer's food grinder attachment to make all of my sausages but you can use any electric brand or a hand food grinder.
There are 100's of sausage recipes out there and this one that I've made isn't too mild or too hot, but just right!

2lbs boneless pork sirlion chops or porb rib meat (fat included)
1/4tsp red pepper flakes
3 dashes chili powder
1 egg
1 dash ginger
2 tbsp milk
1 dash dry mustard
1tbsp minced garlic
1tsp garlic powder
1/2 medium minced onion
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp dried marjoram
1/4 tsp parsley
1tsp butter

In a small skillet, melt butter over medium heat, add minced onion and cover for about 5 minutes.  When onion is translucent add minced garlic, stir for a minute and remove pan from heat.  Cool for 15 minutes before adding to sausage mixture.

Cut up pork into about 2 inch cubes and put into a ziplock bag.  Put into freezer for 20 minutes.  This firms up the meat and helps to keep the fat in the pork from binding up your food grinder.  Remove from freezer and grind pork in mixer on setting #4.  Add all ingredients into pork mixture in the same mixing bowl.  Mix on setting #2 for 3 minutes or until all ingredients are well combined.

In the same small skillet that you used to cook the onion and garlic add a couple of tsps of the sausage mixture and cook until browned.  Taste to see if you need to add more salt (you can always add more salt but you can't take it away!).  If you are in a spicier mood you can add more chili powder too.

Put sausage back into the ziplock bag and remove all air.  Place in fridge for 24hrs so all ingredients can combine well and become really yummy. 

You can make sausage patties, use in cassaroles or stuff into natural casings and cook them on the grill.  There are many manufacturers online that sell sausage casings if you would like to grill your sausage and/or smoke them.

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