Saturday, November 03, 2012

Cooking Club: SAUSAGE FEST!

Summer has been wanting to experiment with making her own sausages, so we did a Sausage Fest theme for the November cooking club! I decided to try a recipe from the Silver Palate Good Times cookbook, for Rosy Seafood Sausage. This sausage is primarily made of salmon, but also includes bay scallops.

This is what two pounds of poached salmon looks like after a whirl through the food processor. Mmm!

Summer's pups were really excited when we all arrived at the house.

So excited, in fact, that Milo knocked Valerie's wine onto Brisby's FACE!!! Wino!

For our first course, Yumi brought tostada fixings! She made some spicy chorizo sausage from local pork! We layered that with some black beans, queso fresco, pico de gallo, lettuce and sour cream on top of crispy tortillas!

They were sooooooooooooooooooooo good!!!! ¡OlĂ©!

Valerie made tempeh sausage links and patties.

And she MADE buns!!!!!! Look at that beautiful basket full of buns!!!

Summer  made apple and wine chicken sausage! Look at how professional those sausages look!


Getting them nice and brown.

On Valerie's homemade buns!

We enjoyed both the chicken and tempeh sausages on the homemade buns, with some mustard sauce that Valerie made, and slaw that Summer made.

Munchin' on sausages!

Sooooooo, here are those seafood sausages that I made. The recipe instructed me to wrap them tightly in plastic wrap, securing with kitchen string if necessary.

Then you boil the WHOLE THING in a pot of boiling water. I had no idea that you could boil plastic wrap! But you totally can!

I also attempted to make a tomato buerre blanc sauce.

When it was time to pull the sausages out of the pot, this is what they looked like!!! Gross!! I have no idea what went wrong. Perhaps my plastic wrap wasn't tight enough, or wasn't watertight???

Eek, and then when I tried to pull off the plastic, they fell apart even MORE!!!!!! Disaster! This was one of the more challenging recipes I've attempted for cooking club, and also one of the biggest failures! Though I suppose the only way to achieve really exciting exotic recipes is to step outside of your comfort zone occasionally. Sometimes it pays off, and sometimes it doesn't! I will say though, that this mound of seafood mess actually did taste good. It just wasn't pretty.

I smashed some into a sort of sausage shape and put it on my plate with some butter sauce. Butter sauce makes everything better! At least Emily's chopped salad with shrimp was beautiful (and delicious!).

After dinner, Emily showered Brisby with loving.


Nancy made cannolis!

She also made homemade fig newtons and bourbon balls, just in case the cannolis weren't delicious. In fact, all THREE treats WERE delicious!! Lucky us! What a sweet end to the night.

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