Cranberry Orange Sausage...

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by danmcg, Dec 12, 2009.

  1. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I had a few pounds of ground pork left over from my last sausage making adventure that I had to use up, so I went for a cranberry, cherry and orange breakfast sausage. Yeah I know it sounds odd, but what the heck, you never know till ya try it.
    I took some dried cranberries and some maraschino cherries and chopped them up. (In hind sight I should have chopped them finer, the pieces were a little large for the 22mm casings) added fresh orange zest and mixed in some concentrated frozen orange juice. The only spices were salt and white pepper.
    I stuffed it all into sheep casings and poached then in 180° water till they got to 160° internal. The meat had been in the frig for a couple days so I wanted to cook them up, plus this also makes them a brown and serve sausage.
    Stuffed and ready for the warm water bath;

    poached and ready for the frying pan;
    and encase you never seen a cooked sausage here's some ready for eating;
    Considering I had no clue where I was going with this recipe they are pretty good. I think they could use some more spice of some kind but I’m still not sure what would work with this mix. But that’s what I love about sausage making is the trail and error and eating your mistakes.
    Thanks for checking out my sausage.
  2. gnubee

    gnubee Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    From the recipe it sounds like they'd be good. Can they be flash frozen and sent to friends?? Like for example to Canada? Just wondering. [​IMG]
  3. irishteabear

    irishteabear Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    The sausage looks and sounds good, Dan. Sage might be a good addition for next time. [​IMG]
  4. bassman

    bassman Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Good looking sausage, Dan. I'll go along with what Dawn said. Maybe a little sage would perk it up a little.
  5. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I'm going out th other side and I think some heat would work better Dan maybe alittle cayenne pepper it combat the sweet of the fruit would make a banger of a sausage. I saw your Qview and I was glad when you stopped at the cooked sausage I thought you mite have been going for the next step like after eating.
    Oh thats bad thats really bad.
  6. smokeguy

    smokeguy Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks great! Interesting combination of fruits. [​IMG]
  7. bigtrain74

    bigtrain74 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great job there Dan!!! I know I keep saying I can't wait to make my first batch of sausage, but... I can't freaking wait!
  8. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks Great...[​IMG]
  9. alx

    alx Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    LOL....Sounds like a winner!!!
  10. desertlites

    desertlites Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Interesting mix Dan,and ya I think sage also for a breakfast sausage,heck like you say it's all fun playing with it.
  11. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Looks good Dan interesting combo of ingredients
  12. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Well I'm certainly throwing points your way.
    Nothing better than experimenting and I gotta say that was a really interesting experiment you did.

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