You know when you believe something about yourself? For example, I kick ass at tennis (well, not me personally, but someone out there surely feels this way…) and then you play someone who is actually good and realize that you are okay at best? Yeah, so that has been my week.
My wonderful, lovey boyfriend got me a three day class at Sur La Table: Everyday Kitchen Essentials. Some have accused him of getting me a self-serving present, but I couldn’t be more thrilled. I have ALWAYS wanted take a cooking class.
I went into the class thinking, “Sure I’ll learn things, but I am pretty sure they are going to be amazed with my cooking skills.” Not so much. They have taught me to do things I have never even attempted. For example, have you ever cut up a raw chicken into pieces? Seriously gross, right? Especially breaking the joints. Gag.
But, I am glad I know how to do it now. I have a chicken in my freezer just begging to be butchered.
Then, the next day we learned to make our own sausages.
Not only is making sausages fun, it is a little obscene – sheep intestines commonly used as casings were once the condom of choice. It takes zero imagination to see the similarities here. And the whole pumping the raw sausage into these condom-like casings? Um, yeah… dirty.
Taking away the giggling at phallic resemblances, making your own sausage is awesome and actually pretty easy.
(Look at the Bratwurst I made! I know, they are perfect, no need to gush…)
And it really was easy, that is, if you have a meat grinder. I guess there are some that attach to the Kitchen Aid Mixers (which I also don’t own) but, someday my dreams of owning a meat grinder will come true.
With you as my witness, IT WILL HAPPEN.
In the meantime, I will continue to make my own sausages that don’t require a meat grinder: breakfast sausages.
These mix the sausage seasonings with ground pork you can get at the store (or from farmers in dark parking lots). Personally, I like sausages with less caraway seed/fennel taste and more heat. This is the benefit of mixing the sausage at home and not buying pre-made stuff. Plus, if you were feeling like your pants were too tight, you could probably add some ground turkey to lighten up the meal. So many possibilities!
If only I could get my hands on a meat grinder…
Here is a Mary Sue modified recipe based on the one from Sur La Table: