There is a chap in the UK who sells sausages under the brand of Sosij. I've tried a few but the cheddar and jalapeno is my favourite. Last weekend I thought that I would try making them into a Toad in the Hole (an English delicacy that should ideally fill a hole in your belly!).
Smoked the sausages first using some apple wood. Video here - it was a breezy night! https://photos.app.goo.gl/9dJwC69D7igyxBPs8
They then went into a pan with some onions and beef dripping and back into the BGE to get the temperature up above 200C before adding the batter. After about 20 minutes it was done. There is a video of the almost final here - https://photos.app.goo.gl/iMudhLSbMS7fK8uc6. Excuse the quality. The flames got a little feisty because of the sausage fat on the platesetter.
Served with mustard mash potatoes, braised red cabbage and a mushroom, onion and sage gravy.
This spice blend would work equally well for pork or beef, I used beef of the 80/20 variety. The more fat the better.
1.5 pounds of ground meat
3 ts dried sage
1 3/4 ts salt
3 ts dried basil
1 ts ground black pepper
2 ts onion powder
1/2 ts dried marjoram
1 ts crushed red pepper
1 1/2 ts fennel seed
Combine spices only in a small bowl and mix them. This helps make sure you get even distribution in the meat. Then put the meat in a bowl and spread 1/3 of the spices and mix with hands until incorporated, then another 3rd, mix and finally the rest of the spice blend. Ball the meat, cover it tightly and place in the fridge for 24 hours to allow the flavors to develop. Next day form the meat in to 2 oz balls and press to 3/8" thick. Grill, pan fry or roast until done and enjoy!
Ingredients: 1 pound bacon, 2 pounds hot sausage, half a small block of pepper jack, 1 small bell pepper, 1 half of a kielbasa, and 1 hot link. Eggs to fry and put on top of when done.
Build: Weave bacon. Flatten sausage into square roughly the same size as the weave. Arrange other ingredients onto sausage. Mine looked like this:
Roll your sausage into a cylinder. Marry to sweet sweet bacon weave!
It should look something like this:
Next drop that fatty on at 250. This was after I finished the pulled pork in the morning, so my grill was already up to temp. I added a few more chunks of pecan and apple to put some smoke on it. Looked like the original smoke wood was burned up from the overnight cook. This beautiful heart stopper then rested peacefully at 250 for four hours until internal temp was at 160.
This is what I opened up to find!
Cooked an egg to top up the slices. So here is the money shot!
It was a crowd pleaser for sure! Full disclosure: this dish is pretty well stolen from Steven Raichlen's Tulsa Torpedo. Admittedly, this is my first time ever attempting a bacon weave or anything like this. I had a blast and can't wait to build on this theme in the future. Good luck everyone!
I am getting my plants ready for spring planting and some going to friends. What you see in the photos is Roma tomato plants in bin and on on shelf, some basil, jalapeño peppers, peppercini peppers, and sweet bell. I have some seeds germinating for spearmint, peppermint, lemon basil, sweet basil, Thai basil, cinnamon basil, marigold regular and jumbo, tarragon, lavender,
my my other seed starter has English daisy, rosemary, sage, summer thyme, Greek oregano, and egg plant that not yet ready for transplanting to small pots yet. The English daisy, sage, summer thyme should be ready for transplanting next weekend.