Friday, December 19, 2008

More Christmas Traditions

This year my goal was to get our neighbors and friends a "more personal" Christmas gift. I think last year I didn't do anything since we were in Texas, yeah, pretty sure. So this year I went back to when I was a kid (something I don't do very often) and remembered the beef "sausage" stick that my mom used to make. I've made it several times throughout the years but only for our family and a few close friends. Everybody has said they like it.....everybody but Jake.
After three days of mixing and kneading up the ingredients, I start on the baking voyage of three days for three different 5 pound batches that cooks 8 hours each. My house smell quite delicious and homey. If you want the recipe click here.
So the question comes down to this....As I was mixing the meat with the spices and kneading it, Jake asks, "Isn't that disgusting to your hands?" I said, "Yeah but what do you do?" He responded, "Use a mixer?" I laughed.

So, is that really possible? I personally don't think so.


Jacob said...

I was referring to a dough hook on a large counter top mixer like a bosch or kitchenaid.

Eliza said...

I would think that if you could knead meat with a mixer, it would be with the same mixer and hook that you use for bread--like a KitchenAid or Bosch, as Jake said. But I don't have either of those, I just have a hand mixer, and the dough hook on that is no good for bread so it probably wouldn't be good for making sausages.

I try never to touch raw meat, but I don't mind eating it once it's cooked.

I think it's a good idea to give that instead of sweets--we are drowning in sweets over here. One friend gave us homemade focaccia bread this year--that was good.