Are you a corned beef lover? I am, and one of my favorite ways to use corned beef is on a Reuben Sandwich. In today’s post we are going to take all those flavors and elements and turn this classic sandwich into a sausage.
What cut of meat to use?
The first thing to consider is meat selection when making this sausage. Beef Brisket is a popular cut of meat for corned beef but since we are grinding it all up you can technically use any cut of beef you want. Just make sure that you have at least 20% – 30% fat in this recipe. A well marbled piece of chuck steak works great.. Using a lean cut is also not out of the question as long as you can buy high quality beef fat from your local butcher. It all works. The only real trick that you need to remember is to keep your meat cold at all times (below 34f). This is where an instant read thermometer comes in real handy! We use the Thermapen One (from ThermoWorks) for instant and accurate readings!
Is High Temp Cheese Necessary?
High temp cheese is great when you don’t want cheese to melt during the cooking process. In this case I want the cheese to melt and get all gooey, so I’ll leave that choice up to you. Personally, I don’t think it’s necessary and melted swiss cheese all over your sausage just adds a delicious creaminess and mouthfeel that otherwise you wouldn’t get..
Is Potato Starch Really Necessary?
We get this question a lot. Using potato starch is not necessary. It does act as a very good binder and helps hold in some of the moisture. So by using potato starch you would end up with an inherently juicer sausage with a better texture. If you don’t have potato starch you could also use High Heat Non Fat Milk Powder, Carrot fiber, Soy protein Concentrate (or isolate), nutritional yeast, or even corn starch. These all do similar things. Just remember that adding a binder to your sausage is always optional and you can just as easily omit it from the recipe with no issues.
I don’t have all those spices, can I still make this sausage?
Corned beef is a unique combination of pickling spices. It’s what gives this cured meat it’s signature flavor. If you don’t have all of the spices to make this sausage, don’t worry. One easy way to make the Reuben sausage is to buy a pack of corned beef (not cooked) from the supermarket. You can either get the kind that has already been “corned” or you can buy the one that has the seasoning packet included. Your end result will taste slightly different but the “spirit” of this sausage will be the same. Just make sure the meat is not cooked, otherwise it will not work.
What should you do if you can’t find Rye Buns?
A Reuben with out Rye bread just isn’t a Reuben. So, if you can’t find rye buns and your local baker refuses to help you out, you can make this sausage as a patty (with no casing). The end result will still be the same (just in a different form). Follow the recipe below and instead of placing the sausages into a casing, simply form them into patties. Enjoy!!
Here are a few things you might find useful when making sausage
- High Quality Natural Casings (AA Grade)
- Kotai Kitchen Knives (for 15% off use discount code – 2guys )
- MK4 Thermapen (Accurate Thermometer)
- Mortar & Pestle (Extra Large)
- 26mm-28mm sheep casings
- #12 Meat Grinder
- Potato Starch
- Meat Mixers
- Sausage Stuffers
- Custom Cutting Board
Enjoy the video and the recipe. If you have any questions feel free to ask away. If you make this at home I’d love to hear about how it came out!!
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