Recipe by P Bautsch
"This is a ground beef summer sausage you can make at home. It takes a while, but have you seen the prices of store bought summer sausage?! This recipe is well worth the wait. You can also wrap them in foil and freeze them."
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monosodium glutamate (MSG)
ground black pepper
2 1/2 teaspoons
whole black peppercorns
liquid smoke flavoring
I halved this recipe just in case we didn't like it. But Man oh man is this stuff good. Its easy to make. The only time-consuming part is waiting for the beef and seasonings to meld in the fridge as well as the slow cooking time. But it is well worth the wait. I served it on a meat and cheese platter with little slices of party rye. Everyone was amazed that we had made our own summer sausage.Thanks P Bautsch!
I omitted the MSG, and should have added some garlic salt. On the one hand, the taste was pretty good, but the presentation is absolutely awful (I'm sure I don't have to spell it out, hehe). I think this might be good as a sandwich filling, sliced thinly with some other meat and some cheese. I doubt I'll make this again, but it was a fun experiment!
Overall good flavor but tasted a little flat. I'll add some salt next time to see if that helps. Also, I cooked at 170 for 4 hours and it was browning nicely but still pretty raw in the middle so I bumped up the temp to 250 for another hour. I looked for other recipes to compare cooking temps b/c the 150 worried me a bit since it's ground meat. Most of the other recipes out there that cook at 150 had a cooking time of 6-8 hours which sounds about right.
Wasn't too bad. Didn't turn out like I expected and it seemed rather greasy.
Mu sister in-law makes this every Christmas, she cooks it at 250 for 2 hours and shapes the logs and lets it sit overnight - it is awesome and turns out quite well.
Turned the heat up a little as the meat stayed raw. Found out the MSG was not a good idea. MSG = headache :(
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Beef Summer Sausage
Serving Size: 1/20 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 20
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 281
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