Lets talk sausages

19 Jul

On an effort to eat better in my household my hubby and I made homemade sausages yesterday. We love sausages but just can’t get past the fact that most store bought ones have so much fat and sodium. So we took things into our own hands! My hubby is a sweetheart and bought me the sausage grinder and maker attachment for my kitchen-aid mixer last year. We finally used it and it’s amazing. We skipped the step of actually grinding your own meat this time. In its place we used pre-ground lean turkey breast we bought from costco. We didn’t use any fatback in order to keep them super lean. All we wanted in these babies were pure turkey and spices. I encourage you all to try your own sausages at home. Cheaper and tastier. The bonus is you know exactly what’s in them. We made three different flavors. Hot & Spicy, Italian, and Cheddar. You can experiment on your own and find your flavors suited to you and your family. Next time I’m going to try Mexican or maybe an Indian version..or maybe a thanksgiving one with cranberries. So many options!

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Hot & Spicy Sausage

2 lbs ground turkey
1/2 cup minced garlic
6 tsp chili powder
4 tbsp paprika (we used smoked)
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp salt
1 tsp crushed chili
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp black pepper
2 splash hot sauce
10 crushed up saltine crackers

mix all together and feed through sausage maker and your done!

*you will need to buy sausage casings (intestines) from your local butcher. we got ours for $25 for a frozen batch. We could make hundreds with what is in the package. keeps in a fridge for a long time.
*before you put the casings on the sausage maker make sure the attachment is well oiled with extra virgin olive oil. as well i like to wash out my casings before hand with water. just open one end and rinse through to the other end (you have to cut your casings as they come in long strips)
*if you have never made these on your mixer you tube has a lot of great informative videos. thats where i learned! good luck 🙂

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