Archive for February 15th, 2011

Summer Sausage

February 15, 2011

Sounds like an odd time of the year to be making Summer Sausage, but I found an old recipe of mine and thought I would try it.  The recipe calls for it to be cooked in the oven and this is a good time of year to use the oven.

SUMMER SAUSAGE

5 lbs hamburger

3 tsp garlic powder

5 Tbsp sea salt

3 tsp mustard seed

3 Tbsp cracked black pepper

2 tsp liquid smoke

I threw it all in Layla again with the dough hook.  Don’t get me wrong, you have to use a rubber spatula to get it all mixed, but it sure is easier than by hand.

I divided the mixture into four parts…..1.25 lbs each, huh….and formed it into sort of square logs, removing any air pockets.

Roll it in heavy duty foil and poke on all sides.  I used a meat fork for the poking.  A dinner fork just didn’t cut it.  Bake on a rack on a cookie sheet at 350 for 2 hours and then reduce the heat to 200 and bake for 4 more hours.

When you take it out of the oven, depending on the quality of hamburger you use, you will find alot of shrinkage.  I used one of those 5lb chubs you can get at the grocery store.  I was not going to use burger from the beef we raised last year.  Maybe next Fall, if we have any left.

The foil will look really icky, so rewrap it and put it in the freezer….that is what you don’t slice and enjoy now.

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