Cajun Pinto Beans
Cajun Pinto Beans
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This idea comes from a good friend. I love pinto beans as a side dish, in chili and burritos, and as refried beans. This is a side dish and sounds very tasty. All measurements are approximations until I make this and verify the amounts. I am going to pressure the beans but the canned amount will be stated as well. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
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This idea comes from a good friend. I love pinto beans as a side dish, in chili and burritos, and as refried beans. This is a side dish and sounds very tasty. All measurements are approximations until I make this and verify the amounts. I am going to pressure the beans but the canned amount will be stated as well. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Prepare the beans either by draining and rinsing 2 cans or by cooking from dry beans. From dry, drain after cooking them.
  2. In a large non stick pan on medium high heat, when hot, add the sausage, garlic, and onion. Cook, breaking up the sausage with the spatula, until almost cooked through. Drain off most of the fat, not all, as that is flavor for the beans.
  3. Add the bell pepper, green chilies, tomatoes, and mix together.
  4. Add the beans and Cajun seasoning, mix together.
  5. Simmer until the bell pepper is tender.
  6. Serve as a side dish.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcuts: Pinto Beans, Pork Sausage, Cajun Seasoning.

Inspired by and photo provided by, Mary Jackson.
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Sausage Salad II
Sausage Salad II
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This is a Thai spicy sausage salad based on pork sausage, specifically, Vietnamese sausage, aka, Cha Lue or Cha Hue for the pepper variety. On my to cook list. Keep in mind, the number of Bird's Eye chilies will determine how spicy you would like this.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Sausage Salad II
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This is a Thai spicy sausage salad based on pork sausage, specifically, Vietnamese sausage, aka, Cha Lue or Cha Hue for the pepper variety. On my to cook list. Keep in mind, the number of Bird's Eye chilies will determine how spicy you would like this.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. For the Vietnamese sausage, which is a pork sausage that is already cooked and found in the refrigerator section of grocery stores, the name is Cha Lua for the regular flavor. This is the Moo Dee brand (moo = pig, dee = good). Similar brands will close to what this looks like, grocery stores have all the Vietnamese sausage together as well.
  2. This is the Cha Hue variety, which is heavy with cracked black pepper and garlic. When looking for this in the store, the pepper is clearly seen in the sausage, and more than likely, there is a picture of black pepper on the package. This is also the Moo Dee brand. I prefer this variety due to the pepper.
  3. Unwrap the sausage and slice into about 1/4 inch thick slices, place on a serving plate.
  4. To a mixing bowl, add the garlic, onion, chilies, lemon or lime juice, and the fish sauce and mix together well.
  5. Pour over the sausage and garnish with mint and coriander leaves.
  6. Serve as a side dish to any Thai meal or as an appetizer.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

This recipe for Spicy Home Made Sausage Salad is adapted from Appon's Thai Food.

Petah’s Cajun Sausage Dish
Petah's Cajun Sausage Dish
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This comes from a good friend and is made with what he had on hand at the time, I will say he nailed this, it sounds delicious. On my to cook list. I will adjust the prep and cooking times when I make this. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Petah's Cajun Sausage Dish
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This comes from a good friend and is made with what he had on hand at the time, I will say he nailed this, it sounds delicious. On my to cook list. I will adjust the prep and cooking times when I make this. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Slice the sausages on an angle, about 1/4 inch thick slices. Heat a splash of olive oil in a large non stick pan and cook the sausage until nicely browned. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  2. Same pan, heat a little more olive oil then add the onion, peppers, and garlic. Season with salt, pepper, and Cajun seasoning to taste, and cook until the veggies are just soft.
  3. Add the stock to the pan and bring to a boil.
  4. Add the sausage and diced tomatoes, stir occasionally until it returns to a low boil.
  5. Add the shrimp and simmer until they turn pink then remove from heat.
  6. Serve over rice or with a baguette. Enjoy.
Recipe Notes

I will say Fair cost for now until I can locate that particular sausage or a suitable substitute.

Shortcut: Cajun Seasoning.

Variant: 1. Use Creole seasoning in place of the Cajun seasoning.

Recipe and photo provided by good friend, Petah Wheetstraw.
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Thai Sweet Sausage
Thai Sweet Sausage
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This is the Thai version of Chinese Sausage. This is a mildly sweet, air dried sausage, and is not cured, and needs to be fully cooked before eating. Two ways to dry this will be explained.
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This is the Thai version of Chinese Sausage. This is a mildly sweet, air dried sausage, and is not cured, and needs to be fully cooked before eating. Two ways to dry this will be explained.
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. If using hog casings packed in salt, you will need to soak and rinse them following the suppliers instructions. If using dry hog casing, set them aside until needed, the just need a minute or two in water and can be used. You can also use collagen casings if you prefer.
  2. Add everything to a mixing bowl, except the sausage casings, mix together well using your hands. Cover and place in the fridge for 1 hour.
  3. Prepare your casings and using your preferred method, stuff the casings. Tie into about 6 to 8 inch links.
For Air Drying
  1. Wrap the sausage in parchment paper and leave in the hot sun for 3 days to dry out (like on a window ledge, but out of reach of cats or dogs.) When dried out and firm, store in a sealed bag in the fridge.
For Oven Drying
  1. Place the sausage on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and place in a 80 C (175 F) oven for 3-4 hours or until the sausage is firm. When dried out and firm, store in a sealed bag in the fridge.
To Cook
  1. The sausage will be quite firm. If to your going to use is a stir fry, best to steam the sausage for about 5-10 minutes to soften it up.
  2. You can also just place on rice in your rice cooker and cook the rice as normal, this will lightly flavor the rice and cooks the sausage through for a light meal.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

 This recipe for Thai Sweet Sausage is adapted from Appon's Thai Food.

Northern Thai Sausage (Sai Oua) II
Northern Thai Sausage (Sai Oua) II
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As the name implies, this is a Thai sausage from Northern Thailand, the Chiang Mai region. I have enjoyed this many times, and have made it using a spice packet which is very easy, but for those wishing to do this without the packet, here you go. This version uses common ingredients. You will need casings and string.
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As the name implies, this is a Thai sausage from Northern Thailand, the Chiang Mai region. I have enjoyed this many times, and have made it using a spice packet which is very easy, but for those wishing to do this without the packet, here you go. This version uses common ingredients. You will need casings and string.
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. For the pork, ground pork from the store is ok to use. For a fattier pork mix, grind your own using pork belly or a mix of pork belly and pork shoulder. A fattier pork mix is perfect for this sausage.
  2. If using hog casings packed in salt, you will need to soak and rinse them following the suppliers instructions. If using dry hog casing, set them aside until needed, the just need a minute or two in water and can be used. You can also use collagen casings if you prefer.
  3. Add the galangal, lemongrass, garlic, coriander roots, and lime leaves to a blender, and finely chop. You are not looking to make a paste, just chip fine. If using a mortar and pestle, grind with the pestle until mixed, again, no need for a paste.
  4. Place the ground pork, chili paste, and the blender or mortar contents in a large mixing bowl and using your hands, mix completely.
  5. Stuff the casings as you prefer. Tie into about 8 inch links.
  6. Grill or bake until cooked through.
  7. Slice, serve with fresh cucumber, cabbage, or lettuce.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

This recipe for Red Curried Sausage is adapted from Appon's Thai Food.

Isaan Sausage (Sai Krok) II
Isaan Sausage (Sai Krok) II
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This type of sausage originates in the northeastern area of Thailand, the Isaan region, and Laos and is very popular throughout the north as well. This is a mild sausage, good garlic and black pepper taste. You can ferment this at room temp for 2-3 days or if you are not comfortable doing that, you can store in the fridge for 2-3 days. Fermentation is not necessary to do, feel free to simple prepare these and grill and there is a few ways to do that as well. This version uses common ingredients. You will need casings and string.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Passive Time
2-3 days
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Passive Time
2-3 days
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This type of sausage originates in the northeastern area of Thailand, the Isaan region, and Laos and is very popular throughout the north as well. This is a mild sausage, good garlic and black pepper taste. You can ferment this at room temp for 2-3 days or if you are not comfortable doing that, you can store in the fridge for 2-3 days. Fermentation is not necessary to do, feel free to simple prepare these and grill and there is a few ways to do that as well. This version uses common ingredients. You will need casings and string.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Passive Time
2-3 days
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Passive Time
2-3 days
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. For the pork, you can use ground pork, but if you are grinding yourself, pork shoulder, or preferred would be pork belly minus the skin. Use the wagon plate (coarse plate) for a nice mince.
  2. If using hog casings packed in salt, you will need to soak and rinse them following the suppliers instructions. If using dry hog casing, set them aside until needed, the just need a minute or two in water and can be used. You can also use collagen casings if you prefer.
  3. Peel the garlic and mince well.
  4. Add the ground pork, minced garlic, rice, salt, and pepper to a large mixing bowl. Using your hands, get in there and mix well.
  5. Using the method of your choice, stuff the sausage casings. Once stuffed, use sting tie off the sausage into 1 1/2 inch links. Do not twist the links, just use the string and tie, tightly.
  6. Once everything is tied tightly, you can either cook now, or leave to ferment for a few days. The fermentation happens with the salt and rice.
  7. To ferment, use the fridge, there is less chance of spoilage of the pork. Place the sausage in a large bowl and cover with plastic wrap, place in the fridge for 2-3 days.
  8. The fermenting is not really needed, you can prepare the sausage and grill the same day, no harm.
  9. You can taste the sausage mixture and adjust as needed by first pan frying a small amount or microwaving a small amount.
To Cook on a Charcoal Grill
  1. After you have lit your charcoal, and get a nice bed of coals, cover the grill with foil, place the sausage on the foil and cook until cooked through and juices run clear.
To Cook in an Oven
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C (350 F). Line a baking sheet with foil.
  2. Steam the sausages in a steamer until nearly cooked through. Use any steaming method you prefer.
  3. Place the sausage on the baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes or until nicely browned, then turn them over and bake for another 5 minutes or until nicely browned all over.
  4. Remove to a plate and cut them apart where the strings are tied (remove the bits of string as well).
  5. Serve with fresh sliced cucumber, celery, lettuce or cabbage, and chilies. Enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Ground pork will cost about 85 Baht/800 grams. For 6 servings, this is about 45 cents per serving.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Chicken & Basil Sausage
Chicken & Basil Sausage
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Another great sounding Thai sausage recipe. On my to make and cook list for sure. When I make this I will determine a lot of the missing or unclear information.
Chicken & Basil Sausage
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Another great sounding Thai sausage recipe. On my to make and cook list for sure. When I make this I will determine a lot of the missing or unclear information.
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. If using hog casings packed in salt, you will need to soak and rinse them following the suppliers instructions. If using dry hog casing, set them aside until needed, the just need a minute or two in water and can be used. You can also use collagen casings if you prefer.
  2. You can use store bought ground chicken (which is rare in the town near me) or you can grind your own. For this I used breasts, an ideal mixture would be breasts and thighs. The white bits on the right is from bread. To get the remaining amount of meat out of your grinder, tear up a slice of bread and run that through last.
  3. In a mortar, add the white pepper, garlic, and coriander and pound with a pestle to combine. You can also use a blender for this if you desire. If using mostly powders, just pound the garlic.
  4. Mix the pounded garlic mixture with the remaining ingredients, except the casings, by hand until fully mixed.
  5. You can taste the sausage mixture and adjust as needed by first pan frying a small amount or microwaving a small amount.
  6. Shape the mixture into 5 sort of equal balls. Here I have the balls shaped, my funnel and pusher from my meat grinder, as well as 5 collagen casings.
  7. Pipe the meat mixture into the hog casing as you prefer, such as a funnel, sausage maker, hand or electric grinder with sausage tube. Tie off the ends of each link with string.
  8. The sausage is ready now, but to firm it up, place the sausage in the fridge overnight, totally optional to do this but recommended.
  9. Pan fry on low heat until cooked through, turning often to prevent burning, or grill until cooked through.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

This recipe for Chicken Basil Sausage is adapted from Appon's Thai Food.

Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole II
Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole II
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This sounds like a great breakfast casserole, this use stale bread (think just cubed and toasted dry, instead of hash browns, so good, on my to cook list. Remember, breakfast dishes always make great dinner dishes as well. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
6-7 hours
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
6-7 hours
Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole II
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This sounds like a great breakfast casserole, this use stale bread (think just cubed and toasted dry, instead of hash browns, so good, on my to cook list. Remember, breakfast dishes always make great dinner dishes as well. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
6-7 hours
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
6-7 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Cook the breakfast sausage in a non stick pan until cooked through and fat drained.
  2. Grease with butter your slow cooker insert, bottom and sides.
  3. Crack the eggs into a large mixing bowl, whisk until well mixed and frothy is ok. Add the milk and mustard, and season with salt and pepper as desired, whisk to combine.
  4. Place the cubed dried bread in an even layer in your slow cooker, then add the sausage, cheese, onion, and bell pepper.
  5. Pour in the eggs, push down the other ingredients as needed.
  6. Cover and set your slow cooker to Low setting for 6 to 7 hours. Check at 5 hours to be on the safe side, the dish is done when the eggs are set and the top is golden brown.
  7. Spoon into bowls and ad some nice toast and you have a meal, regardless of the time of day.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Breakfast Sausage.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Pastalaya
Pastalaya
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This sounds really good, the pasta version of Jambalaya but is pasta based and not rice based. Lot of ingredients but this goes together quickly.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
35-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
35-40 minutes
Pastalaya
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This sounds really good, the pasta version of Jambalaya but is pasta based and not rice based. Lot of ingredients but this goes together quickly.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
35-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
35-40 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat a large pot with the oil, when hot, add the sausage and cook until the sausage is good and browned, maybe 5 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic, cook, and stir for about a minute until the garlic is fragrant, then add the bell pepper, onion, and celery and cook, stirring often until softened.
  3. Add the can of tomatoes, creole seasoning, oregano, paprika, thyme, black pepper to taste, and then the water and broth. Add the pasta, and stir everything together. Bring to boiling then reduce to low, cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes until the pasta is tender. Stir often to keep the pasta from sticking. If the mixture seems to be too soup, leave the pot uncovered for the last few minutes of simmering.
  4. When the pasta is cooked and tender and has a consistency you like, remove from heat. Stir in the cream, parsley, and spring onion (reserving just a bit of parsley and spring onion for garnish if desired).
  5. Serve.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I get smoked sausage again from Makro, for now I will said Fair priced.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Grilled Sausage & Cheese Sandwich
Grilled Sausage & Cheese Sandwich
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This, sounds extremely good! On my to cook list for sure!
Servings Prep Time
1 sandwich 10 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 sandwich 10 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Grilled Sausage & Cheese Sandwich
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This, sounds extremely good! On my to cook list for sure!
Servings Prep Time
1 sandwich 10 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 sandwich 10 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: sandwich
Instructions
  1. Fry the sausage in a pan until cooked through.
  2. Butter the bread slices on one side only. Using the same pan the sausage was cooked in, fat drained and wiped with a paper towel, or another pan that is non stick,
  3. Place a slice of bread, butter side down in the hot pan, and a slice of cheese and 4-5 sausage links, then the other slice of cheese, cover with the remaining slice of bread, buttered side up.
  4. Cook until golden brown on the bottom, then carefully flip and cook the other side until gold brown. Cut in half and serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variant: 1. If using thick links, after they are cooked through, slice in half lengthwise and position on bread, first on cut side down, next cut side up, next one cut side down, etc, until the bread is covered. 2. Add a fried egg before topping with the last slice of bread.

Adapted from an internet recipe.