Is there any way to enhance the color of homemade sausage(food coloring), or will this make the finishing product taste different or have a different texture. I am mainly wanting to make some hot links and am wanting them to turn out like my favorite brand(Longhorn). Any suggestions/comments about doing this. Also has anyone heard of this brand and do you have a recipe that might be like it. I like my sausages to be simple. Salt,pepper,garlic,onion,paprika,cayenne, crushed red pepper.
COLOR of Homemade Sausage
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Hey! Thanks for the reply and the info. I had a pretty good feeling it would be alright and a nice tidbit to remember about the turmeric. I did know about the paprika's natural coloring in meat, but it seems like it never gets red enough(for me anyways). I want that bright in your face RED coloring that is a staple in many Hot Links. When I was a kid growing up here in Texas the RED color to sausage was a stop sign to my eyes and my mouth. That is what I looked for before reaching for a hot dog. It sure was a surprise the first time I got one by mistake. Since then my taste buds have changed with age and I absolutely love them. If you can find them(possibly by ordering online) you should really try Longhorn Brand. It has a really nice meaty texture and the heat is really good as well. I have attached a picture of them.
Thanks for the replies men. I will upload some pics of the process when that gets underway. Have a wedding to go to this weekend so it looks like it will have to wait until the next. Still if anyone knows of a good Texas style Hot Link recipe throw it my way. If not, then I guess I'll just wing it. Sometimes winged recipes turn out pretty darn good. Will see what happens.
Heres one I found that looks interedsting
Tex's Hot Sausage
7-lbs ground pork, coarse grind
1-12oz bottle beer
2-tbsp coarse ground black pepper
2-tbsp crushed red pepper flakes
2-tbsp hot Hungarian paprika
2-tbsp whole mustard seeds
1/4-cup minced fresh garlic
1 1/2-tbsp garlic powder
1-tsp ground bay leaves
1-tsp whole anise seeds
1-tsp ground thyme
Mix all the spices and garlic into the beer
Pour the spiced liquid over the meat and mix well
Run meat and spice mixture through the fine plate (optional) and mix again
Stuff into hog casings