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Gourmet Sausage from Scratch

mmmmm.....bacon.

turkey, bacon and wild rice sounds divine. thanks for pointing me in the right direction.

Jan 30, 2008
picklesandcake in Home Cooking

Gourmet Sausage from Scratch

Here is a recipe that calls for crushed ice to "lighten the texture" ... sounds pretty good.

Chicken & Apple Sausage

Ingredients
Garnish
2 small leeks, cleaned
1 large Granny Smith apple
1 medium onion, peeled
1/4 cup parsley leaves
2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
1 lemon
1 pound chicken leg meat

Farce (Forcemeat)
1/2 pound finely ground chicken breast
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
1/2 cup crushed ice
Pastry bag fitted with No. 8 tip
Pre-soaked sausage casings
1/4 cup prepared mustard
1/4 cup sour cream
2 cups lingonberry preserves

Instructions
To make garnish, cut off most of the green portion of the leek and blanch in boiling salted water for 1 to 2 minutes until tender. Drain and squeeze out any excess moisture. Chop into small (1/4-inch) dice.

Peel, core and chop apple into small (1/4-inch) dice. Cut the onion into small (1/4-inch) dice and chop the parsley.

Heat oil in a heavy sauté pan over moderate heat. When oil is hot, add the leeks, apples, onions and parsley. Sauté for 3 to 5 minutes until golden brown. Transfer the apple/vegetable garnish to a bowl and refrigerate.

To make farce, place the ground chicken, salt and white pepper in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Process for 30 seconds.

With motor running, drop in the crushed ice and continue to process for 1 to 2 minutes or until combined. (Crushed ice, a substitute for fat which is traditionally added at this point, will lighten the texture of the sausage.) Transfer the farce to a bowl and refrigerate.

To assemble sausage, cut the chicken leg meat into small (1/4 inch) cubes. Remove zest from lemon in strips. (You should have 1 to 2 teaspoons.) Combine chilled farce, chilled apple/vegetable garnish and lemon zest in a large bowl. Add the cubed chicken meat, folding to combine.

Tie a knot at one end of the pre-soaked casing. Spoon mixture into a pastry bag fitted with a No. 8 plain tip. Pipe mixture into the casing and knot the other end.

Using your thumb and forefinger, squeeze the sausage every 3 or 4 inches to separate the mixture. Twist at those points to make individual sausage lengths.

Poach sausages in a pan of water (about 160 degrees F) for 12 to 15 minutes. Remove, drain and transfer to a 350 F oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until browned. (Or, sauté over medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes or until browned.)

Blend mustard and sour cream until smooth. Place a dollop of mustard sauce on individual plates (or, using a squeeze bottle, pipe mustard sauce in a decorative pattern across the center of the plate.) Cut the sausages into thin, slanting slices and arrange on plate. Garnish with a spoonful of lingonberry preserves to serve.

Yield: About 4 servings

Credits
From: Cooking at the Academy by California Culinary Academy (KQED)

Jan 30, 2008
picklesandcake in Home Cooking

Gourmet Sausage from Scratch

that's great - thanks. I'm trying to find it on Alibris.com right now.

Jan 30, 2008
picklesandcake in Home Cooking

Gourmet Sausage from Scratch

Has anyone made any lean homemade sausages with chicken or turkey? I'm finally ready to use my KitchenAid sausage attachment. I picked up some collagen casings but I can find any recipes or tips online. I have two flavors I want to try first....

Buffalo Chicken Sausage - coat boneless/skinless thighs with buffalo sauce - grind and stuff with crumbled gorgonzola.

Greek Chicken Sausage - grind and stuff boneless/skinless thighs with feta and sauteed spinach.

Any suggestions or flavor ideas?

Jan 30, 2008
picklesandcake in Home Cooking