In this episode of Hunt Gather Talk, I talk with my friend Christian Spinillo about getting into the craft of making salami and other dry-cured sausages. We discuss equipment, sanitation, good books to read on the subject, we walk you through the whole process.
Come to Texas, hunt wild pigs or whitetail deer, and learn butchery skills, sausage-making and how to cure meats with me! We’re doing two great cooking schools this year.
There are lots of variants on the classic Spanish chorizo, and this is one from Argentina. It’s a very simple fresh sausage, grilled and served with chimichurri on a roll. Here’s how to make it.
Ah, the unloved bluefish. I grew up catching and eating these oily, oceanic piranhas, and I love them still. Smoked bluefish is one of my favorite smoked fish, largely because I can then make this pate from it.
Fennel salami, finocchiona, is an Italian staple. There are lots of variations on this salami, but they all require a decent addition of fennel seeds. My version has wild fennel seeds, fennel pollen and ouzo.
Cacciatore means “hunter” in Italian, and this is a recipe for a spicy, hunter’s style salami you can carry around with you in the field. I make them with narrower hog casings so they’re easier to make than traditional wide salami. Use pork, venison or boar.
This is a very traditional recipe for duck sausages, made with caraway, juniper and sage. It works very well with “off” ducks like spoonies, snow geese, diver or sea ducks, or Canada geese.
If you hunt deer, you need to know this recipe. It’s a staple here at the house, making a fantastic, lean version of corned beef that’s great for sandwiches, with cabbage or in hash. You will find yourself making it all the time…