This is a classical Lithuanian sausage, made with dry milk and eggs. "Pien" means in Lithuanian "milk".
Prep time: 2 hours
Cook time: 1 hour
|Lean beef||350 g||0.77 lb.|
|Lean pork||600 g||1.32 lb.|
|Non-fat dry milk||30 g||1.00 oz.|
|Eggs||2 eggs||2 eggs|
|Water||150 ml||1/4 pint|
Ingredients per 1000g (1 kg) of materials
|Salt||20 g||3-1/2 tsp.|
|Cure #1||2.5 g||1/2 tsp.|
|Black pepper||2.0 g||1 tsp.|
|Allspice||1.0 g||1/2 tsp.|
|Sugar||2.0 g||1 tsp.|
|Nutmeg||0.3 g||1/3 tsp.|
- Grind beef and pork through 2-3 mm plate (1/8").Refreeze ground meat for 30 minutes, dissolve salt, cure, pepper, and spices in 1/2 of water. Grind meats again, slowly adding water with dissolved spices.
- Mix ground beef with remaining 1/2 of water then add lean pork and mix again. Add dry milk and eggs and mix until the mixture feels sticky.
- Stuff into 60-65 mm beef or fibrous synthetic casings.
- Bake for 60-90 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.
- Cook in 80 C (176 F) water until internal meat temperature reaches 72 C (160 F).
- Shower with cold water, then cool in the air to 15 C (59 F). The sausage is ready to eat but must be kept in refrigerator. It does not have the smoky flavor yet.
- The following step will make it a dry sausage. Smoke for 6-7 hours with medium hot smoke at 35-45 C (95-113 F).
- Keep at room temperature (< 18 C, 64 F) or refrigerate.