Arbatine

Arbatine is a classical Lithuanian sausage, made with beef, pork and wheat flour. In Lithuanian "Arbatine" means "tea."

There is a Polish version "Metka Herbaciana" and German "Teewurst." Teewurst contains 30 to 40 percent fat, which makes it particularly easy to spread.

The name, which means tea sausage, is said to derive from the habit of serving sandwiches at teatime.

MaterialsMetricUS
Regular beef700 g1.54 lb.
Fat pork200 g0.44 lb.
Hard or medium hard back fat80 g3 oz.
Starch or wheat flour20 g3/4 oz.
Water250 ml1 cup
Ingredients per 1000g (1 kg) of materials
Salt25 g4 tsp.
Cure #12.5 g1/2 tsp.
Black pepper2.0 g1 tsp.
Coriander1.0 g1/2 tsp.
Sugar2.0 g1 tsp.
Fresh garlic, smashed3.0 g1 clove
Instructions
  1. Using knife cut back fat into 6 mm (1/4") cubes and place in a refrigerator. Grind beef and pork through 2-3 mm plate (1/8") and refreeze for 30 minutes. Dissolve salt, cure, pepper, and spices in 1/2 of water. Grind meats again, slowly adding water with dissolved spices.
  2. Mix ground beef with remaining 1/2 of water then add pork and mix again. Add cubed fat and mix until the mixture feels sticky.
  3. Stuff into 24-30 mm pork or sheep casings. Make 30 cm straight links or keep in pairs.
  4. Bake for 30-60 minutes at 100 C (212 F). Stop baking when internal meat temperature reaches 40 C (104 F). Don't overcook, you are baking the surface of the sausage only.
  5. Cook in 80 C (176 F) water until internal meat temperature reaches 72 C (160 F).
  6. Shower with cold water, then cool in the air to 15 C (59 F).
  7. Smoke for 2-3 hours with medium hot smoke at 35-45 C (95-113 F).
  8. Keep refrigerated.

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