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Pumpkin sausage – a delicious autumnal variation

In this post I’m going to show you how to make a pumpkin sausage. It’s easy and super quick to make. 

Pumpkin bratwurst is a great change of pace for fall. It’s perfect for beginners and pumpkin lovers.

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I also answered some general questions about making bratwurst in my post Making Bratwurst Yourself. Have a look there.

I use a Hokkaido pumpkin in my recipe. You would like to use another pumpkin? No problem! 

But now enough talking … 

Here you can find the complete pumpkin bratwust recipe as a video or to read through.

Have fun and good luck making it! I would be happy if you leave me a comment there, whether you succeeded.

Pumpkin sausage – What do you need to make it?

Pumpkin sausage -all ingredients

Ingredients for your Pumpkin sausage

Meat (1000 g):

  • 60 % lean pork shoulder(600g)
  • 25 % pork backfat (250g)
  • 15 % Hokkaido pumpkin (150g)

Important: The recipe is designed for a Hokkaido pumpkin. If you use another pumpkin where you cannot eat the skin, you need to peel the pumpkin before grinding.

Spices per 1000 g of meat:

The spices are matched to the pumpkin. It is definitely a special sausage. I recommend you to try the spice mixture in advance in a small amount. In my experience, there are exactly two reactions to this sausage: 1. people love it or 2. people don’t like it at all.

The equipment to make pumpkin sausage 

Meat Grinder  

You need a meat grinder to “grind” the meat. The grinder chops the meat into small chunks which then can then be mixed.

Sausage stuffer

You need a sausage stuffer to get your meat mass into the casing. If you are starting out you can also add an attachment to your grinder or use a modified plastic bottle or funnel.

Sausage casings

The pumpkin sausage is filled in natural casings. I recommend 28/30 caliber pork casing.

If you want to prepare cheese sausage without intestines, you can use jars and boil down the mass.

Make pumkin sausage – Step-By-Step Instructions

1. Cut the meat, fat and the pumpkin into pieces suitable for your grinder. You can vary the size depending on how big your meat grinder is. 

Pumpkin sausage - cut

2. Put the meat pieces in the freezer for 1-2 hours. This will help you grind later and make sure the mixture doesn’t get too warm.

Pumpkin sausage - freeze

3. Grind the spices into a fine powder.

Pumpkin sausage - spices

4. Now you can grind the meat and the pumpkin. Depending on how coarse or fine you want your pumpkin sausage, you can use different perforated discs.

Important: If you grind the pumpkin coarsely, then I recommend you to poach the sausage afterwards. This ensures that it is completely cooked through. Coarsely ground pumpkin might be too firm if you only grill it for a short amount of time. If you grind the sausage meat finely, it cooks just as quickly as the meat.

Pumpkin sausage - grind

5. Mix the ground up meat and pumpkin with the spices. You can do this by hand or with a hand mixer. Make sure that you mix the sausage meat for 4-5 minutes so that it gets a good binding.

Pumpkin sausage -mix

6. Next, put the casing onto the sausage stuffer. I use 28/30 caliber pork casing for this.

In the end, it’s your decision whether you prefer to make thinner or thicker sausages. As with the fineness, this is a matter of taste and can be decided by you.

Pumpkin sausage -casing

7. Now fill the meat into the casing. Hold the casing tightly on the filling spout and let it slowly fill up more and more. This part needs some practice. Don’t worry if it doesn’t work 100% right away. Important: Do not fill the casing too tightly, otherwise it will burst later during frying.

Pumpkin sausage - fill

8. Now it is time to link the sausages. You can decide for yourself how big your sausage should be. To do this, press the sausage to the desired length with two fingers on each hand and rotate it forward a few times. Then leave out one sausage length and repeat the process.

Pumpkin sausage - twist

9. Your pumpkin sausage is now ready. Enjoy them.

Pumpkin sausage - ready

How long is the shelf life of the pumpkin sausage?

Raw pumpkin bratwust can be kept in the refrigerator for about 1-2 days.

If you scald it directly after production at 75 degrees Celsius for 30 minutes, it can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about a week.

Alternatively, you can also freeze it raw or scalded, then it will keep for up to 6 months and will not lose any flavor.



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