How-To & Diy

How to Grind Sausage at Home

August 19, 2014

Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun.  

Today: Merrill shows you how to grind your own sausage at home with the KitchenAid® Stand Mixer and Food Grinder attachment.

Homemade sausage is likely to be on your kitchen bucket list -- one of those intimidating but hugely appealing tasks that you keep telling yourself you'll try one of these days. It's easier than you'd think, though, especially with the right tools -- namely, a really good meat grinder.

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Today, Merrill is showing us how to grind and shape Italian sausage patties -- and turning them into super-easy broccoli rabe breakfast sandwiches. If you don't have a meat grinder, a handy stand mixer attachment will do the trick, and save you storage space. Plus, it gives you zero excuse not to make sausage-stuffed mushrooms, merguez ragout, and sausage-laden pastas.

Ladies and gentlemen: Start your grinders. 

More: Get over your grinding fears.

Spicy Italian Sausage

Makes 3 pounds of sausage

2.8 pounds boneless pork shoulder (or a combination of cuts), cut into 1-inch cubes
2 tablespoons ice water
2 tablespoons white wine
1 1/2 teaspoons fine sea salt
1 1/2 teaspoons fennel seeds
1 1/2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
Hog casings, rinsed (optional)

See the full recipe (and save it and print it) here.

Video by Kyle Orosz


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