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Have you ever made sausage? Have you ever thought about making sausage?

It is a fun affair.

I would rather talk about sausage right now than the aftermath of the horrible loss I experienced last week. That has consisted of drama and me eating a box of truffles in preparation to open three Fedex boxes that I didn’t want to open.

So I’m going to talk about sausages instead.

These are my sausages. From left to right their names are: Venison Sausage, Cotechino Sausage, Venison Kielbasa, Chorizo, Porchetta Sausage.

I made them from the pigs I hunted and the venison at deer camp. Even the fat I used was from the very big hog on the preserve.

Then I roasted them over an open fire and sliced them so we could do a little taste test. It is all for my next book Girl Hunter, coming to a store near you in the fall.

It has been very hard to write lately. But I’m trying.

Nevertheless, there will be all five of these sausage recipes in the book. And some handy “how to’s” so that you can make sausage in your own kitchen, or properly butcher if you’re so inclined. Because that is what I’m here for. Or so I think…

Here is a prelude in case you’re feeling impatient…which I am, more often than not…

“Sweet Porchetta ‘Wild Hog’ Sausage”

Prep Time12 hours
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time12 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 5 pounds

Ingredients

  • 4 pounds hog butt diced into 1” pieces
  • 1 pound hog or domestic pork belly fat diced into 1” pieces
  • 3 tablespoons Kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons fennel seeds toasted
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons sweet paprika
  • ¾ cup ice water
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar chilled

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients except water and vinegar and toss to distribute the seasonings. Chill until ready to grind.
  • With a meat grinder or Kitchen Aid attachment, grind the mixture through a small die into a mixing bowl set over ice.
  • Add the water and vinegar to the meat mixture and mix with the paddle attachment or your hands until the liquids are incorporated and the mixture has developed a uniform, sticky appearance, about 1 minute on medium speed in a mixer, or longer with your hands.
  • Sauté a small portion of the sausage over medium heat, taste, and adjust the seasoning if necessary.
  • With a sausage stuffer, stuff mixture into pork middles 6 to 8 inches long, pricking the casings with a needle as you go to prevent air bubbles. Twist the casing off into links and let sit overnight in the refrigerator.
  • To cook, heat oil in a skillet and sear on medium-low heat for about 15 minutes, turning often. The internal temperature should be 160 degrees F.

13 Comments

  • Wenderly
    Posted January 20, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    So cool! I can just picture those little gems cooking up in my cast iron skillet on a cold winters night! Divine! I'm so sorry about your horrible loss love! Big ((((hugs)))) to you! And CAN'T WAIT for Girl Hunter! Xo

  • Big Steve
    Posted January 20, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Just in time. I actually purchased an old hand cranked sausage stuffer at an auction last weekend. I'd been thinking about giving sausage making a try for a couple of weeks. When the stuffer showed up at the auction…couldn't resist. Cost me $5.00. I remember my mom and dad use to make sausage right after hog killing time. Thanks for the inspiration Georgia P. I trust you're feeling better. Be Blessed!!! –Big Steve

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      Georgia
      Posted January 20, 2011 at 6:57 pm

      Wow. Where can I find an auction like that?

  • Hornd
    Posted January 21, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    I thought I posted her yesterday? Did you delete?

    • Post Author
      Georgia
      Posted January 21, 2011 at 9:29 pm

      I think it got lost in the spam folder… I'll take a look at your article, thanks for sharing.

  • Hornd
    Posted January 21, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    You might appreciate this as it is parrallel to your site:
    http://www.fieldandstream.com/blogs/hunting/2011/

  • Roxikon
    Posted January 24, 2011 at 4:23 am

    We make sausages almost in the same way. They are very appreciated at Christmas time 🙂

  • Cubicle
    Posted January 24, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    This sounds like a fun project for me and some of my foodie friends to try!

  • Athena Gee
    Posted January 24, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    I recently received some homemade jerky from a family friend….I think homemade sausage will be our next fun endeavor

  • Steve
    Posted January 26, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Yum, I love sausage! You should make jerkey next. The best jerkey I've enjoyed is from http://www.mr-mrs-jerky.com/

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      Georgia
      Posted January 29, 2011 at 3:30 pm

      I actually have jerky marinating right now : )

  • Bowmanave
    Posted January 29, 2011 at 12:10 am

    Awesome to find a recipes for hog sausage! What would the taste be with this recipe? Italian sausage or breakfast sausage?

    • Post Author
      Georgia
      Posted January 29, 2011 at 3:29 pm

      Porchetta is a bit sweet with nice seasoning. You can really eat it whenever.

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