The sausage maker strikes again. This time with a smaller load of chicken thighs.
I started with only 5 pounds of chicken thighs instead of 10+ pounds of meat like last time. The pieces were chopped up smaller this time, and I didn’t add any pork fat. This was just simple chicken, salt, pepper, and a little fresh rosemary from the garden.
Last time I was doing a lot of meat shoveling and stuffing, and ended up having to employ my lovely wife to help. I didn’t get many pictures as a result. This time my maker mom was in town. I figured out how to guide with one hand while I pressed with the other. Mom filled the hopper and took pictures.
I don’t know if it was the consistency difference, the smaller hunk size or what, but this batch went really smoothly. My diameter consistency needs help still, but I am improving. When all was said and done, we had two piles of lumpy but delicious looking sausage.
The batch with rosemary got grilled for dinner the same night as it was made. I don’t know if it should sit in the fridge a few nights for the flavors to meld or not, but this worked well. It was pretty tender and moist enough. Not as much as the brats were, but the fat content of this was a lot lower. A very delicious and cheap chicken sausage for the grill.
The second batch got smoked a few days later. It was also quite delicious. I am glad I didn’t use any white meat, the sausage was good, but could probably easily be dry if it were any leaner.