If you have been wondering why I have not been sharing as many recipes as I usually do, there are a few reasons why this is the case:
- Recipe testing and creating cost money
- Our budget is getting tighter and tighter
- So many recipes suck
Yup, I said it. I look at a recipe and think, oh, that sounds healthy, affordable and easy. Let’s try that one.
You end up with a HUGE pot of food you do not want to eat. This is a vegetarian stew with quinoa I tried that had lots of herbs and spices. I really thought it was going to be a winner but Reg said it best, “How can a dish with so much texture and stuff have no flavour?”
Determined to not throw out all that food, I asked myself, “What would Mom do?”
I heard her quite clearly, “ADD MEAT!”
You got it Mom!
I decided to make my own beef Italian sausages. Well, OK, meatballs at this point. I normally just cut up the sausages anyway so why not? It had all the flavours of the sausage and that is what counts.
I toasted 1 tsp fennel seeds in a shallow pan over low heat until fragrant. I let them cool.
I used my spice grinder which is a coffee grinder to grind down the seeds as much as it could.
To a pound of lean ground beef I added 1 tbsp of hot smoked paprika. This made a very HOT sausage so if you want to go milder, use 3/4 tsp regular smoked paprica.
I added some chopped parsley, 1 clove of crushed garlic and seasoned with 1 1/2 tsp salt and some freshly ground pepper. I mixed together with my hands but handled gently. You should let meat sit covered in the fridge for a while to let flavours meld but I was in a hurry.
I made a few small meatballs and sautéd in a hot pan with some olive oil.
I browned them on all sides and then finished them in a 350F oven for 10 minutes.
As I said, these were HOT! Too hot for me but they definitely added more flavour to the veggie stew to make it more edible. Thank goodness!
The next day I just cooked up some of the meat and used it as a topping for a pizza with my super fast, easy & tasty pizza sauce.
Made one of the best pizzas I have ever had! So good!!! Mom was right, as usual. Meat really adds flavour and spiced meat takes food to a whole new level.
Sausage Odyssey Continues
Thanks to KitchenAid, I am now able to make REAL sausages! I already had the KitchenAid Food Grinder Attachment (watch unboxing and product testing video here) but they sent me their Sausage Stuffer Kit Attachment. I am so excited! To make my owns sausages from scratch? What could be better.
Tomorrow I will share the technique, the story, the challenges of making your own sausage. I had tech issues attack my kitchen but I did it. I used this recipe and made my own sausages from scratch. One of the coolest foodie days for me ever. Thank you KitchenAid!
Debra She Who Seeks says
“Add meat!” That gave me a good laugh. Your Mom knew which end is up alright!
Suzie Ridler says
Yup! Granddaughter of a butcher, that would have been her response. Made me smile too Debra.