Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Homemade Pepperoni

Here is a great recipe for homemade pepperoni made from ground beef.

It will make about 2 pounds.

you will need:

2 lbs of lean ground beef. Use only lean. You don't want a lot of fat in this.

2 tsp of black pepper

1/2 tsp of sugar

2tsp of liquid smoke flavoring

2 tsp of mustard seed

a tsp of paprika

1/2 tsp of garlic powder.

2 big tsp of Curing Salt.

You can order Prague Curing salt online. Curing salt it NOT the same as regular salt. Mortons also makes one.

Combine all the ingredients , cover and refrigerate for 2 days.

Remove from refrigerator and shape the meat into rolls. You will have enough here to shape 2 long rolls.

Use a baking pan that has a rack in it so that the rolls can drain any fat.

Place the rolls on the rack and bake in a 200°F oven for 8 hours.

Yes, 8 hours. You are curing the meat that way. You can turn them over every few hours.

They won't be dark when done but more pink in color and thats what they should look like.

Wipe off any excess oils and cool the rolls.

You can slice them into thin slices after they are cool or just refrigerate the rolls and cut slices as you wish.

They freeze up nicely and in the fridge will hang out for up to 2 weeks.



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