We had about twenty pounds of ground venison, so just under a quarter of it was made into breakfast sausage.
Don't ask me why haven't made it up until now. Maybe because we never really had enough ground meat just sitting around. The hog we got earlier this year yielded sixty or so pounds of breakfast sausage (made by the butcher), so we didn't make a big batch of the venison version. And besides, I was saving most of it for Italian sausage.
Anyhow, I looked up venison breakfast sausage recipes online and found a plethora of information. But almost all of them had basically the same ingredients; sage, garlic, black pepper and red pepper. The amount of venison to pork or pork fat varied from 4:1 to 3:1. So I took something from here and another thing from there and came up with our own recipe.
Kind'a Spicy Maple Venison Breakfast Sausage
4 pounds ground venison
1 pound pork fatback
2 tsp. sage
1 Tbsp. plus 1 tsp. garlic salt
1 Tbsp. red pepper flakes
1 tsp. each thyme, marjoram & black pepper
1/2 cup ice water
1/2 cup maple syrup
First off, it is much easier to grind semi-frozen chunks of meat. So either chunk up your meat and then freeze it or freeze the meat and then cut hunks off with a big honk'n knife. You'll also want your fatback frozen or darn near frozen.
Combine all the spices in a small bowl. Set up your grinder and put the larger plate setting on it. Have a large bowl under your grinder and run alternating hunks of venison and fatback through it. Mix up a bit with your hands (or a spoon if you're a big sissy, but you'll eventually have to get your hands into it so just do it now and get it over with), then evenly distribute the seasoning mixture and smoosh around again with your hands. Pour in the ice water and maple syrup....and smoosh some more.
If the venison/fat/spice mixture is getting warm and overly mushy, which it probably is by now, put it in the freezer for a while to firm up again.
This time, run the cooled mixture through the fine setting on your grinder:
|Most definitely a hands-on experience.|
Thank goodness I actually wrote down what we did this time!