The beauty of making your own sausages is being able to have 100% control of what goes in. Many commercial sausages have grains incorporated as binders, extenders etc. This typically brings gluten into the mix. A number of commercial spices also contain gluten (I only learned this recently).
I am fortunate enough not to have a gluten intolerance. Others not so lucky generally don't get to tuck into good old pork sausages (porkies). Hence I decided to make a batch of gluten free porkies for a family lunch the weekend.
Although in all likelihood most if not all of my homemade sausages are gluten free, I was just more aware of not adding any ingredient containing gluten.
The recipe for these was a simple batch of pork trimming cubed and mixed with:
- coarse milled black pepper
- Chopped fresh Sage
- minced Garlic fried in a little butter
- Chopped fresh thyme leaves
- Chopped fresh chives
After giving this mix a couple of hours in the fridge for the flavours to infuse, the mix was ground, mixed well (±2 minutes in Kenwood Mixer) with iced water then stuffed and ready to braai and add to the lunch menu. I like to make sausages the day before to allow them to stand in the fridge for flavours to properly blend. I also prefer to cook my garlic a little before adding; this changes the taste completely and removes any pungent garlic undertone.
|Freshly stuffed gluten free pork sausages|
This was served with a little pot of warm home made sweet jalapeno chilli chutney
|Porkies off the braai|