First Fatty w/Pics!

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by devolutionist, Jul 9, 2007.

  1. devolutionist

    devolutionist Meat Mopper

    I was digging through the freezer looking for something totally different, and found that I had a roll of Jimmy Dean Italian sausage in there - and realized that I finally had an excellent excuse to finally make a fatty!

    After some discussion with the wife, we determined that we should keep this one simple, especially in light of the fact that we only had one roll and wouldn't be able to make a "fat" fatty. This would be a "skinny" fatty. We rummaged though the fridge and found some mozzerella cheese, some portabello mushrooms, and some tomatoes.

    Since we were going to stuff it, step one was to flatten it out:

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    I thought flattening it would be easier with wax paper on top with a rolling pin, but as it turns out, just doing it by hand was much easier with less to clean up.

    Next step was to add the mozzerella:

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    Then the tomatoes, which we cubed and patted dry with a paper towel:

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    Then the portabellas which we also cubed:

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    Rolling it up was an interesting process. The key here definitely is to keep it cool. Mine was getting a bit on the warm side, but the parchment paper that it was sitting on made it easy to get wrapped up. It was a close fit - I *maybe* had a half inch of overlap and really had to press the roll together to get it formed into a roll:

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    Took the "skinny" fatty roll out to the smoker where it sat for about 4 hours at 250. It cooked faster than I thought - internal temp was at 160 after two hours, so I backed the heat down to the 200-215 range for the last two hours. Spent the afternoon washing cars and sitting in the bottom of the pool with the kids and a scuba tank. This pic was taken right at the 2 hour mark I think:

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    Time to focus on wrapping up the rest of the dinner... Here's a shot of it right out of the smoker. We wrapped it up in tin foil and let it sit while we took care of the sauce and penne pasta:

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    All finished! We cut it up into 1/2" slices and put it on top of some penne pasta with Jen's burgundy marinara sauce:

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    Turned out great and the kids loved it too. Told them it was "Daddy's Super Smoked Meatballs and Spaghetti". My wife got into it too and is already planning out the next 3 or 4 fatty excercises.

    Whoever came up with the fatty idea is a genius, BTW.
     
  2. blackhawk19

    blackhawk19 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    That turned out great, and I got some ideas. Thanks
     
  3. wvsmokeman

    wvsmokeman Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Congrats on the fatty!! That looks awesome.
     
  4. peculiarmike

    peculiarmike Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Looks good! See, now she's into it. A good thing!
     
  5. That looks awesome....I bet my kids would like it too[​IMG]
     
  6. peculiarmike

    peculiarmike Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Smokin N KC, where in south KC?
     
  7. That looks fantastic!
     
  8. ultramag

    ultramag SMF Events Planning Committee

    I think this wins the award for fanciest appearance by a fatty so far. Good job!
     
  9. tonto1117

    tonto1117 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Now that's what I'm talking about......great job devolutionist and nice pics!!!! [​IMG]
     
  10. gypsyseagod

    gypsyseagod Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    great job on your first fatty. now i bet the dr. frankenstein comes out.
     
  11. jts70

    jts70 Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Congrats nothing like a fatty!
     
  12. devolutionist

    devolutionist Meat Mopper

    You got that right! BTW, had the last leftovers of it today for lunch and dang was it good. Almost better reheated...
     
  13. devolutionist

    devolutionist Meat Mopper

    Thanks ultramag - I just do the cookin' though - my wife gets more into the presentation. Teamwork! [​IMG]
     
  14. t-bone tim

    t-bone tim Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Team action, gotta love it [​IMG] great job [​IMG][​IMG]
     
  15. gypc

    gypc Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    Man!! Great pics and presentation! .....Looks like the grub:)
     
  16. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That does look good. I have never done sausage from scratch and after seeing that, I just may give it a go.
     

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