Sage and pork go together. Apple and pork go together. Throwing all three into one bite is darn near perfection.
This is one of the many sausage recipes The Mister and I have made now. It also happens to be perfect for autumnal noshing! 🍂
Yes, making sausage can be a labor of love, but once you find your rhythm the process goes quickly. Grind, mix, stuff. Of course, if you don’t have a sausage maker, you can always make sausage patties and batch cook them!
- Assemble your meat grinder attachment with the coarse plate (the largest diameter for Kitchen Aid machines). Attach to KitchenAid mixer.
- Grind the meat, apple, and suet together.
- In a small bowl, mix together the salt, sage, onion flakes, and garlic powder.
- Sprinkle seasoning mixture over the ground meat and suet and mix thoroughly. Cover and pop in the fridge for 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, switch to the sausage maker attachment.
- Now is a good time to taste-test the sausage mixture. Fry up a tablespoon or two over medium heat and check seasoning. Adjust if you feel the need.
- Load the soaked and well-rinsed casing onto the tube. I have found it's best to run some of the meat through before it comes out before tying off the casing to prevent air bubbles.
- Continue loading ground meat as the machine pumps out the spiced meat mixture. Work slowly to get a plump sausage, but careful so the casing does not burst.
- Continue until the casing is filled, tie off the end. If you have any leftover mixture you can assemble sausage patties.
- Twist the sausage in four-inch lengths. Refrigerate and use within two days or freeze.
- To cook: In a large cast iron skillet, place 4 sausages with 1 TB rendered bacon fat, tallow or lard, and ¾ cup filtered water. The combination of water and fat allows you to slowly heat the sausage and cook evenly while crisping the edges. On my stove top, I use the notch below medium heat. Once the water is evaporated and one side begins to get color, flip the brats and finish cooking.
- Remove from heat and serve with your favorite roasted vegetables.