Prep 4 mins
Cook 7 hrs
LIVER SAUSAGE AND BRAUNSCHWEIGER These are cured sausages traditionally made from pork liver and pork hearts. Braunschweiger is smoked after cooking, hence the "braun" in the name. They are best stuffed into beef middles as fibrous casings do not shrink with the sausage. This particular recipe is a modified version of the previous and has much better flavor and texture. The main difference is the addition of chicken liver and beef liver. The amounts of the various meats are not critical and just represent the amounts I ended up with and weighed on a gram scale. You can divide by 450 to get pounds. Source: Jack Schmidling Productions, Inc.
- 5 lbs meat
- 728 g pork liver
- 610 g chicken livers
- 584 g pork heart
- 208 g beef liver
- 100 g pork belly (mostly fat)
- 100 g salt pork (fatty bacon will do)
- 2 1⁄2 tablespoons salt
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 teaspoons pepper
- 1⁄2 teaspoon coriander
- 1⁄2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground mustard
- 1⁄4 teaspoon sage
- 1⁄4 teaspoon marjoram
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ginger
- Cook liver in simmering water for 10 minutes then chill before grinding.
- Grind all meat through 3/16 plate. Chill in freezer for 30 minute.
- Chop in blender or food processor. This sounds a lot easier than it is as you can only do about half a cup at a time. Commercial sausage kitchens use a machine called a chopper but we have to make due with what we have. The idea is to produce what is known as an emulsion. This process is also required for hot dogs, bologna and other sausages where a homogeneous texture is required.
- Stuff in beef middles.
- Place the sausage in a 165 degree F water for about one hour to internal temp of 152°F.
- Chill in cold water.
- Liver Sausage: Store in fridge for about a day before eating. Keeps for several weeks in fridge.
- Braunschweiger: Dry in smoker at 100F, then smoke for 5 hrs at 120°F.
I will definitely try this next fall when we butcher! It looks very tasty! Have the grinder and plates so this should not be too much work at all! Thank you! Jelly