Time for Sausage

Martin Luther’s reform began with posting a message — how logocentric. Reformed Protestantism began with eating food. To reinforce Protestant identity while so many manque Protestants are finding their inner penitential selves, here are a couple recipes.

The first is for St. Galler bratwurst:

63.00% veal
32.00% pork jowl
1.50% salt
1.25% milk, dry skim
0.85% sugar
0.42% mustard seed, ground
0.42% lemon zest
0.35% pepper, white, ground
0.10% ginger, powdered
0.06% mace, ground

26mm sheep casings

For those who think that looks hard (I do — who measures like that?), here’s a way to dine on sausage that looks tasty and comforting:

Ingredients 12 SERVINGS
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more
1 medium boule sourdough, cut into 1-inch pieces (9–10 cups), dried out overnight
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound sweet or spicy Italian sausage, casings removed
2 large onions, finely chopped
3 celery stalks, chopped
¼ cup finely chopped sage
Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
1 cup dry white wine
2 large eggs, beaten to blend
1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
2 cups half-and-half
1 pound aged cheddar, grated (about 5 cups), divided

Preheat oven to 300°. Butter a shallow 13×9″ baking dish and a large piece of foil. Place 9 cups bread in a large bowl.
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Cook sausage, stirring occasionally and breaking into small pieces with a wooden spoon, until browned and cooked through, 7–10 minutes. Transfer to bowl with bread.
Place onions, celery, sage, and 2 Tbsp. butter in same skillet; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until onions are golden brown and soft, 10–12 minutes. Add wine and cook, stirring occasionally, until almost completely evaporated, about 5 minutes; scrape into bowl with bread and sausage.
Whisk eggs and broth in a medium bowl until smooth, then pour over bread mixture. Pour in half-and-half and add 3 cups cheese; toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to prepared baking dish and cover with foil, buttered side down. Bake until a paring knife inserted into the center comes out hot, 40–50 minutes .
Heat broiler. Uncover stuffing and top with remaining cheese. Broil until top is golden and bubbling, about 4 minutes. Let sit at least 10 minutes and up to 30 before serving.
Do Ahead: Stuffing can be assembled 1 day ahead; cover with foil and chill. Stuffing can be baked (but not broiled) 3 hours ahead. Store tightly wrapped at room temperature until ready to broil.

17 thoughts on “Time for Sausage

  1. That recipe looks good! I’ll have to try it. But I have lots of other sausage and pork recipes, too. What I would really like to taste (and can’t get anyplace around this area that I’m aware of) is genuine steak and kidney pie (that is, one that’s made exactly the way the English make (made?) it, not the perfunctory way that some bars and taverns that call themselves “pubs” make here.


  2. “What I would really like to taste is genuine steak and kidney pie…made exactly the way the English make…it.”

    Not a sentiment I ever expected to see expressed unironically.


  3. Now, now, sbd. Who’s to say that it’s a bad dish when it’s prepared properly. Then again, I fondly recall my mother fixing kidney stew (the kidneys had to be pressure cooked to tenderize though some told me it was to boil the pee out of them). There are still many more exotic foods to be tasted around the world if only one can overcome the stigma associated with them.


  4. Sounds Zwinglian to me. If you start eating meat, you might start denying Christ’s real incarnation.

    Zwinglian is bad because it’s “merely” remembering Christ’s once for all time permanent death ‘alone” and looking to Christ’s second coming “Alone”

    Sausages will keep you from being lifted up by the Holy Spirit to nourish on the humanity of Christ in heaven.

    “When Zwingli met with a group of Zurich leaders during Lent in 1522, not debate but ecclesiastical disobedience was on their minds. The printer Cristopher Froschauer served sausages, in conscious opposition to the Catholic Church’s Lenten fast requirements. All ate the meat but Zwingli himself, although he supported the action and it had in fact resulted from his biblical preaching…. While supporting the change in religious practice, Zwingli did not eat the meat because Zwingli did not want to endanger his position as pastor of the whole people. His sermon the following Sunday justified the abolition of the Lenten fast without condemning the traditionalists: “If you want to fast, do so; if you do not want to eat meat, don’t eat it”.

    But if some of the people want to wait for God’s effectual before water, some of the people must drown, for the sake of orderly and graduation reformation, and the position of pastors with all the people to think about..



  5. Who cares what we do or don’t do with our bodies? The second coming happens as soon our immortal spirits go up above for good.

    “Ryan Is Looking Down Right Now”

    Even when baby Christians like Trump are killing civilians for the sake of the second kingdom, they still have a theology which takes for granted the catholic tradition of immortal souls. .

    “Ryan Is Looking Down Right Now” does not mean “the soldier’s death sits in judgment on us”

    Romans 12: 23 “to the assembly of the firstborn whose names have been written in heaven, to God who is the Judge of all, to the spirits of righteous people made perfect, 24 to Jesus (mediator of a new covenant), and to the sprinkled blood, which says better things than the blood of Abel.”

    As Billy Graham taught us at the funeral of Richard Nixon, the perfection of saints is not their justification but their already realized presence as spirits without bodies in heaven.


    William Tyndale, 1530—- “Nay, Paul, thou art unlearned; go to Master Thomas More, and learn a new way. We be not most miserable, though we rise not again; for our souls go to heaven as soon as we be dead, and are there in as great joy as Christ that is risen again. And I marvel that Paul had not comforted the Thessalonians with that doctrine, if he had known it.” An Answer to Sir Thomas More’s Dialogue (Parker’s 1850 reprint), bk. 4, ch. 4, p. 180

    William Tyndale—“When More proveth that the saints be in heaven in glory with Christ already, saying, “If God be their God, they be in heaven, for he is not the God of the dead;” there he stealeth away Christ’s argument, wherewith he proveth the resurrection: that Abraham and all saints should rise again, and not that souls were now living in hell or in purgatory or in heaven; which doctrine was not yet in the world. With that doctrine More taketh away the resurrection quite, and maketh Christ’s argument of none effect.”

    Martin Luther–” For just as one who falls asleep and reaches morning unexpectedly when he awakes, without knowing what has happened to him we shall suddenly rise on the last day without knowing how we have come into death and through death. I shall sleep, until He comes and knocks on the little grave and says, “Doctor Martin, get up! Then I shall rise in a moment, and be with him forever.’ ”


  6. Being that I left Lutheranism for the Reformed side, I reckon that means I gave up Lent…because of Lent.

    That Luther quote is one of my favorites of his; I remember it from childhood. But wait, what about soul sleep and the saints hearing our prayers and interceding? Oh wait, neither of those be biblical.


  7. Surely we trust the New Cals to curate and employ only the best and most gospelly of Roman practices. We shouldn’t fear they’ll go too far or that their ancient-future worship/devotion mahsup will have unintended consequences. I mean, their people are so well taught.


  8. They’re missing everything else. I need priests and incense and veils and signum crusis and stained glass and the rosary and friday fasting and most importantly, Carnival.


  9. What if it turns out that a “theology of the cross” worldview means a puritan “mortification of the flesh”?

    Augsburg Confession,” Article XV, We teach this about the discipline of the body. A true and not a false putting to death happens through the cross and troubles, by which God exercises us . . . .There is also a necessary voluntary exercise. . . .This effort should be constant.”

    Mcmark–if water baptism brings justification at the beginning, Lenten fasting has to come after not before water justification.

    Matthew 3:2 “Repent, because the kingdom of heaven has come near!”

    Ralph Erskine—Gospel mortification fights with grace’s weapons, namely, the blood of Christ, the promises and the virtue of Christ’s death and cross [Gal. 6. 14]: ‘God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified to me, and I to the world.’ But the man under the law fights against sin by the threatenings of the law; saying, I will obtain life; I hope, if I do so and so. The man under law fights with weapons of his own vows and resolutions, which are his strong tower, to which he runs and thinks himself safe

    Putting the word “repent” before the word “kingdom” does not mean that law comes before gospel. Christ’s kingdom is reason to repent. The gospel is reason to repent.

    But we do not prepare to hear the gospel by our repenting of legal mortification. If we repent without knowledge of the gospel, our repentance may be pleasing to other sinners but our repentance will not be pleasing to God.

    The kingdom coming near is not always about law coming near


  10. When Anglicans like Oliver O Donovan and N. T. Wright scare you, will you flee to Nevin or back to Hodge?


    N.T. Wright–“There is nothing ultimately obligatory for a Christian about the keeping of holy days or seasons ….However, many churches have found that by following the liturgical year in the traditional way they have a solid framework within which to LIVE THE GOSPELS, the Scripture and the Christian life. The Bible offers itself to us as a great story, a sprawling and complex narrative, INVITING US TO COME AND MAKE IT OUR OWN. The Gospels tell a story not merely to give us information about Jesus but in order to provide a narrative that WE CAN INHABIT, a story we must make our own. This is one way we can become the people God calls us to be.”

    NT Wright on p 260: “This justification, this vindication, occurs twice. It occurs in the futurE, on the basis of the entire life a person has led in the power of the Spirit, that is, it occurs, on the basis of ‘works’ in Paul’s redefined sense…just as the final justification will consist not in words so much as in an event, namely the resurrection of the person, so the present justification consists not so much in words but in an event, the event in which one dies with the Messiah and rises to new life with him. In other words, baptism. I was delighted to rediscover…that not only Chrysostom and Augustine but also Luther would here have agreed with me.”Justification in Perspective: Historical Developments and Contemporary Challenges ,p 260 Bruce McCormack, editor, (Baker, 2006)


  11. Time for Bill Smith.

    “Across the PCA you can find strict regulative principle worship (few), traditional worship, contemporary worship, black worship, near charismatic worship, blues worship, revivalistic worship complete with the invitation system, gospel-driven worship, and all sorts of blended worship. You can find ministers leading worship in black Geneva gowns, suits with white shirts and ties, blazers and open collar shirts, polo shirts and sandals, khakis or jeans and sports shirts tucked in or out standing behind pulpits, sitting on stools, walking across and an empty stage. You can find pulpits, baptismal fonts, and communion tables prominently displayed, or entirely hidden. You can sing Psalms and historic hymns, gospel hymns, praise and worship songs, accompanied by nothing, organs, pianos, orchestras, acoustic guitars, and rock bands. Depending on your worship preferences and personality, you can find the worship in a PCA church comfortable, compatible, challenging, relevant, irrelevant, or offensive.”

    “Tomorrow I will be walking on a slippery slope. I know what is going to happen when I go to church. We are going to celebrate Holy Communion according to the Book of Common Prayer and its rubrics. We will read the Epistle and Gospel prescribed for the first Sunday in Lent. We will read a Psalm and an Old Testament Lesson chosen from a list of those appropriate for this day….there will be much congregational participation throughout the service in hymns, prayers, responses, and reading of Holy Scripture.”



  12. William Smith reacts to having been PCA. Paul Zahl reacts to still being Episcopal.

    Grace in Practice: A Theology for Everyday Life—Ecclesiology is unimportant to me. It is low on my list of theological values (225). “To have no ecclesiology is to have an ecclesiology” . That is, thinking little of the church is still a view of the church. Such a view, though, stands in sharp contrast to the proliferation of conferences now focusing on the church’s mission, what the church isn’t doing, what it has got to do, and especially, on discerning the church’s missional strategy in a post-Christendom culture….We need an “ecclesiology of suspicion” This ecclesiology limits the church’s authority. “A systematic theology of grace is, in respect to church, irreducibly Protestant. Church is at best the caboose to grace.. Ecclesiology, on the other hand, makes church into the engine. The church stands with the world under the law and ever in need of grace,.



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