Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Sausagefest

This probably isn't the first time I've used this title, but this is the first time that a post of mine truly lives up to the  title; fore you see, as of today I am a sausage-maker.

Yeah, yeah, it's summer break. What have I done? I've played Trials Evolution on the xbox 360 and brought chame (my friend's word) to a bunch of n00bs. I watched the first season of Game of Thrones. Pause. Wait for it. Let. That. Sink. In. That's right, "chame friend" brought me season 1 on DVD. Have you seen this show? Seriously, have you seen it? It's incredible! There's sword fighting, masturbation jokes, boobies and breast-feeding, incest and intrigue, armies, dragons, ale and wine, feasts... BRING ME SEASON 2!!!!!!!!

I was supposed to have a date this evening. I probably shouldn't be going on dates with women when I know that I'm moving to Austin in a few weeks, but I'm not so good at getting second dates, so it probably doesn't matter. In any case, I canceled due to tremendous storms. We rescheduled for Sunday. I have another date with another lady tomorrow evening. We're supposed to go kayaking, but we'll see if the weather permits.

On Friday I'm hosting a dinner for two thirds of a dozen of new Teach for America teachers. I'm planning on making pizzas. They were great last time, so hopefully they won't suck. I used this as an excuse to buy a Cuisinart Prep 11 Plus. Holy crap this thing is amazing. It's cut through everything I've given it in instants. I made salsa earlier today (actually it was more of a cilantro pesto, but still tasty), sliced three onions and a few jalapenos to serve with my sausages, and shredded potatoes the other day for hash browns. This machine is incredible. I'm going to use it often. I'm guessing that it's going to cut my pizza prep time by at least 50%.

I made two types of sausages today, but I'm just going to post the Bratwurst recipe today. I'll post the other one sometime soon.

Bratwurst
(Makes 6 - 8 Sausages)


0.9 lb Pork
0.4 lb Beef



1-2 Sausage Casings*
1.5 tsp Salt
1.5 tsp Pepper
1 tsp Marjoram
0.5 tsp Caraway Seeds
0.5 tsp Nutmeg
0.25 tsp Ground Ginger
1 Egg White
1 shot Rahr & Sons Ugly Pug Schwarzbier (Dark Lager)

Grind the Meat.



Mix with the Seasonings, Egg White, and Beer. Stuff into Sausage Casings.





Cook as you would any other Brat.  


*I purchased the Sausage Casings at Central Market. They were $4.49 for the pack, of which I've used maybe 1% of them and made roughly 20 Sausages. They're heavily salted and the directions on the package instruct you to rinse them off and to run water through the inside. They're a little cumbersome, but make really delicious Sausage. These were at least as good as the best I've ever bought in the store!

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