Cooking: Homemade Sausage

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Homemade Sausage



Never in a million years would I have thought to make homemade sausage.  That's just crazy talk!  Then I saw Rachel Ray make it as part of a 30-minute meal.  Sausage in less than 30-minutes.  Hmmmm!  The idea intrigued me!

Turns out, homemade sausage is REALLY easy to make.  "Sausage Spice" is just a mixture of seasonings and herbs.  Add that to meat and voila - you've got sausage.

There are a TON of sausage recipes on the web and I can't recommend one in particular.  About a year ago I discovered a sausage spice that I REFUSE to live without!  It's called Frying Pan Pork Sausage Spice.   I buy it from a spice shop near my home.  They're NOT paying me to recommend them (oh lord how I wish they would - they could pay me in spices!).   This stuff is AWESOME!  

Even though their sausage spice is good, I still add to it.

Sausage tips:
- use any raw ground meat you like (we like chicken)
- use spice as directed!  Too much and your sausage will be too salty
- don't be afraid to toss in some herbs
- DO NOT use an entire egg.  Use only the white OR the yolk - NOT BOTH.
   (egg white holds the meat together and doesn't change the flavor.  Egg yolk gives the sausage a deeper, richer, flavor).  It's good either way.

Kathy's Chicken Apple Sausage 

1 lb ground chicken (or any meat you like)
1 Tablespoon Frying Pan Pork Sausage Spice
1/4 cup applesauce (any kind is fine.  Homemade works great)
1 egg white (or 1 egg yolk) NOT BOTH
1/4 teaspoon fennel seed

Optional add in's
1 Tablespoon fresh or dried parsley (optional)
1/4 small onion (finely chopped)
1/2 teaspoon dried chives

SPECIAL NOTE:  If you decide to leave out the applesauce, you can leave out the egg.

Mix everything together in a bowl and allow the mixture to rest for 15 minutes.

Form sausage into patties and fry in a pan over medium heat.  Do not over cook.  Be careful not to press the sausage too much.  You don't want to dry it out.

Serve hot with your favorite breakfast foods.


PRO TIPS:

* Add a teaspoon of Sausage seasoning to homemade pasta sauce for a delicious kick.
* Sausage is even better the next day because the seasoning have had time to set.
* Add left over sausage to pizza, sauces or gravy



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