Let’s make some sausage people. LET’S MAKE SOME GODDAMN SAUSAGE!!!!!!
There’s a lot of bullshit when it comes to cooking. There’s this myth that a kitchen is a sacred place, where chefs shouldn’t be questioned, and time-honored practices shouldn’t be questioned. Sushi is incredibly hard to make and should be left to a professional. Steaks should be done on a grill. Mushrooms soak up water, so brush ’em off one by one. These aren’t facts, it’s bullshit, perpetrated by an industry with its head up its ass.
Sushi, steaks, and sausage all have something in common, and that’s skipping rope. You’ve got a rope? Good. Go try and skip rope. Seriously, get off your fat ass, grab some rope or an old Playnendo controller and try skipping rope. I’ll wait…
Now, you’ve probably not done the above instructions, and I commend you for not doing as I say. The world has enough sheep. I do have a skipping rope, though, and I’ll put it bluntly; Skipping rope is hard. It takes practice. It took me a week of doing it every day before I could even put five consecutive jumps in a row. Now, sushi, steaks and sausage are similar because you’re not going to be any good when you start. It takes practice. You’re going to fuck up occasionally. The beautiful thing about sausage? If you make a mistake, you have a bunch of flavored ground meat. With that being said, let’s stuff some meat into tubes, people.
Mr. Charlton’s Curry Chicken Sausage
We’re going to whip up up some tasty sausage, with a twist; We’re using chicken this time. Why? Because this sausage is a request, and Indian spices are awesome. Here’s what you’ll need.
- A cutting board
- A paring knife
- A bowl, or two
- Spice grinder (coffee grinder or pestle and mortar work)
- Something to grind the meat
- Something to stuff the sausage
I’ve got a stand mixer with a meat grinder / sausage stuffer combo. Works A-OK.
- 2-3 pounds of chicken, with the skin (I just grabbed a whole chicken)
- Hog casings
- A bunch of salt (2-3 tablespoons worth)
- 5 cloves
- 1 tablespoon Cumin seeds
- 2 teaspoons Cardamom seeds
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Coriander seeds
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Fennel seeds
- 1 – 3 dried chiles (depending how much you like heat)
- 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon powder
- 1/4 teaspoon Tumeric powder
- 2 – 3 garlic cloves
- Hunk of grated Ginger (about a tablespoons worth)
Note 1: Nobody is going to really notice if you use powdered garlic or powdered ginger. Except me. I’ll notice.
Note 2: If you’re lazy, you could get away with replacing the spices with curry powder, but it will absolutely make a huge difference.
Making the damn sausage:
- Grab that chicken. Grab it! You need to get all tho bones out of that sucker. Explaining it in words would be almost goddamned impossible, so I’m going to let a pro show you how it’s done.
I’m not going to lie, this gets me excited.
- You got the bones out of the chicken, right? Cut up the chicken into 1 inch pieces. Keep the skin. KEEP IT! It’s fatty, and you need fat in sausages. Chicken is all kinds of lean, anyways.
- Save the bones for delicious chicken stock, or throw them away. I don’t care.
- Put the chicken onto a cookie tray, then stick it in the freezer for twenty minutes. Put the meat grinder stuff in the freezer, too. You’ll want it cold.
- All those seeds, cloves, and chiles? Put ’em in a pan and toast them for a bit. When your house smells like a tasty Indian restaurant, grind them up.
- Mince the garlic and ginger, set aside.
- Chicken should be ready to go, so take it and the grinder out of the freezer. You want it almost frozen, like a meat popscicle. You don’t want it solid, though.
- Assemble the grinder, get a bowl and get ready to grind!
- Grind the meat. Throw the chicken into the hopper and push it down.
- Once the meat is ground, throw all the spices, garlic, ginger and salt in the mix and toss it with your hands. Put it in the fridge.
- Clean up the grinder.
- Get the casing ready by cleaning it. Smells funky? That’s because it came from the end of an animal’s asshole.
- Now that it’s been rinsed out, put in on the sausage stuffer, tie off the end, then get the meat.
- Stuff the ground meat into the hopper. This is the tricky part, and it’s a whole pile easier if you have someone to help you. It’s not something that’s easy to explain, but after the first batch you’ll get the hang of it, I promise.
Here are some pictures of the chicken sausage I made. With time, practice, and some equipment, you too can bask in sausage glory.
The spice must flow.
Grinder, looking for meat!
Chicken: Ground and Spicy
Separating a pig’s asshole
Getting ready to stuff
Breakfast the next day
The big question; Is it worth it?
I love making sausage because I love being in the kitchen. The truth, you’re not going to be saving any money by making these. Even if I’m using super cheap cuts of meat, I’m still breaking even. On the other hand, my sausages are far, far better than anything you’d be buying at the supermarket, mostly because even the cheapest cuts are better than the leftovers most sausages are made out of.
In the end, if you love to cook and you appreciate good food, give it a go. If cooking’s a chore, then all I’ve done is give you a job you aren’t going to enjoy.
The Illustrious Mr. Charlton
p.s. I did two sausages recently. Chicken might be my new big thing.
p.s.s. There’s both a Dune reference and a Judas Priest reference in the pictures. Because I’m topical.