Pork, Apricot, and Pistachio Sausage
This unique side dish for turkey is a sausage made from pork, apples, apricots, and pistachios. It is similar to—but much easier than—a terrine.
- Serves: 10 persons
- ¾pound ground pork
- Salt and freshly-ground black pepper (to taste)
- 5or 6 dried apricots (finely chopped)
- ¼cup pistachios (finely chopped)
- 1lemon (zested and grated)
- ½cup fresh flat leaf parsley (coarsely chopped)
- 1to 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 16to 18 fresh sage leaves
- 2Merguez sausages or Spanish chorizo
Step 1Gather the ingredients.
Step 2Put the ground pork into a mixing bowl, season with salt and pepper and mix together.
Step 3Using a box grater, grate the apple into the mixing bowl, and combine with the pork.
Step 4Add the chopped apricots and pistachios and mix together.
Step 5Add the lemon zest and chopped parsley to the mixture and mix until well-combined.
Step 6Lay a 17-inch piece of aluminum foil flat on a work surface and drizzle with olive oil. Use your fingers to spread the olive oil over the foil. Place 2 sage leaves end-to-end on the foil, slightly overlapping each end. Lay 2 more end-to-end sage leaves next to the first 2 sage leaves, and repeat until all sage leaves are used. Sprinkle the sage with salt and freshly ground pepper.
Step 7Divide the sausage mixture in half and shape into a cylinder. Lay the cylinder in the center of the sage leaves, then gently flatten the pork, running your fingers down the middle to make a slight indentation.
Step 8Lay 1 Merguez or Spanish chorizo in the indentation, then measure and cut the second Merguez to fit the remaining indentation. Use the remaining pork mixture to cover and encase the Merguez.
Step 9Pick up the foil at the end closest to you, and roll up the pork, jelly-roll fashion. Keep the foil tight as you roll. Pull the foil back to make sure the sage leaves are now clinging to the pork, and re-position them if needed.
Step 10Re-wrap the pork tightly, molding it into a log. Twist both ends of the foil, pushing the pork together so it's a compact sausage-shape. You can now store this in the refrigerator up to two-days ahead.
Step 11When you're ready to cook, preheat the oven to 400 F and bake for 40 minutes.
Step 12Slice and serve.