Its officially grilling season here at the Kirk household. Tyler and I decided that this was the weekend we need to buy a grill, and of course that means that every meal this week will somehow incorporate this new toy of ours!
I am a huge fan of the Food Network channel, in fact you can probably just call it an obsession as that and HGTV are the only things I watch on cable. So naturally, I get most of my ideas from things that I see on the various shows. Damaris Philips from Southern At Heart, was making homemade sausages, and it gave me the idea to just make my own.
Sausages are one of those foods that are super simple to grab from the meat aisle at the grocery store and not think twice about, but when you take a closer look at the ingredient list you will notice that most contain hidden sugars, fillers, and of course the worst parts of the animal.
I wanted to make a sausage that not only tasted good but was actually better for you and your body.
Note: Make sure that when you are at the grocery store to either ask your butcher for freshly ground meat( we used chicken) or to buy clean grass fed grass finished meat as this is the highest quality where the animals are feed using the local natural grasses and NO grinds or hormones. Remember, everything they eat, we eat.
2 pounds of freshly ground meat( we used chicken)
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons of regular milk ( always use fresh whole milk)
2 tablespoons of red chili flakes
1 tablespoon of rosemary
1 tablespoon of oregano
1 tablespoon of sage
2 good pinches of salt ( remember meat lOVES salt)
2 good pinches of pepper
8 long pieces of plastic wrap
a pot of boiling water
a hand mixer or kitchen aid mixer with paddle attachment
1/2 cup ice cream scooper
1. In a large bowl( I used our kitchen aid mixer) add your ground meat and spices. Turn the mixer on and mix until all spices are incorporated ( about 30 seconds)
2. Add in your milk ( this is the binder for this recipe and what makes the meat easier to mold). Mix this until a tacky mixture is made. ( another 30 seconds)
3. Take your bowl and place it to the side, take your first piece of plastic wrap and lag it long ways in front of you so that it is wider than it is deep.
4. Using your 1/2 cup scooper, place 2 scoops on the front of your long sides plastic wrap. Form a long, 6-7 inch log and make sure it is all secure and formed without any holes.
5. Wrap the sausage in the remaining plastic wrap and then take the two ends and tie them so that the sausage is nice and tight without and air bubbles inside the plastic wrap.
6. Repeat this until 8-10 sausages are made.
7. Place all 8-10 sausages into the boiling water and let them boil for 6 minutes or until firm to touch and completed white.
8. At this point you have two options, you can bake or grill. If you are grilling pals them on the grill for 3 minutes on each side until the sausages are slightly brown with grill marks.
If you are baking, place them on a baking sheet in the oven at 350 for 10-15 minutes until golden brown with a little crust on the outside.
Enjoy these for up to 4 days in the fridge!