Red meat isn’t bad for you (in moderation), but processed meat is. All processed meats. The additives used in curing can be toxic in large amounts. Unfortunately, I like cured foods, stuff like lunch meats, hot dogs, bacon, sausage… I rarely eat processed meats now, yet I surely miss sausage. Sausage is a tasty ingredient in so many of my favorite dishes, such as jambalaya.
One day while watching a segment of Rachael Ray’s 30 Minute Meals in which she turned ground meat into sausage, I was motivated to try making my own. I took it a step further and ground my own meat, which is easy using my Vita-mix machine. The result: delicious sausage without nitrites or nitrates. I love being in control of my food. 🙂
Here is how I made a pound (4 servings) of sausage:
- 1 pound lean meat (your choice)
- 1 Tbsp. ground sage
- 1 Tbsp. steak seasoning blend Mrs. Dash
- 1 Tbsp. dried parsley
- 2 tsp. fennel seeds
- 1/4 cup minced celery, onion, and bell pepper*
- 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
*You can mince these in your Vita-mix.
- I raided my freezer and found 2 top sirloins (approximately 4 oz. each) and 2 boneless pork chops (same size). I thawed them in my refrigerator.
- I sliced the meat into 1″ cubes.
- I turned on the Vita-mix to Variable Speed 5 then dropped in about a third of the meat.
- I ran the Vita-mix about 20 seconds then dumped the ground meat into a bowl.
- I repeated the process twice more (grinding meat in batches is actually faster).
- Into the bowl of ground steak and pork I added my spices and seasonings.
- Using my hands, I mixed the ingredients well, taking care not to overwork the meat.
- The sausage was ready to cook.
How simple and easy. Now if I can figure out how to make links . . .