If you’ve ever looked at the ingredients on a package of store-bought breakfast sausage, you’ve probably found yourself wishing for a homemade breakfast sausage recipe. That’s what happened to me one day when I first began checking ingredient lists!
See, that pork sausage from the grocery store? It’s not entirely pork! Other ingredients include: mechanically separated meat (also known as “white slime“, the cousin of the “pink slime” that made headlines in 2013); sodium lactate (salt made from lactic acid); sodium phosphates (another salt that’s been associated with permanent kidney damage); dextrose (a form of sugar); sugar (more sugar); MSG (another salt); sodium diacetate (still more salt!); and BHT (a preservative primarily used in cosmetics).
Does that sound like a good start to the day? I didn’t think so, either, and that’s how I came up with this homemade breakfast sausage recipe. It’s so simple that there are only three ingredients: pork, sea salt and spices. Plus, it’s easy to make!
- 16 ounces ground pork
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon dried parsley
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- ½ teaspoon rubbed sage
- ¼ teaspon dried thyme
- ¼ teaspoon fresh coarse ground black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional for those who like their sausage very spicy)
- Combine all ingredients together. Mix thoroughly.
- Shape into thin patties or stuff into casings.
- Fry on medium heat until browned all over. (To reduce fat and calories, bake on a broiling pan at 375°F until done.)
Now, I’ve made this both as sausage patties and links. Patties are easiest: you shape them as you would hamburgers, just thinner. To get uniform patties, cut both ends off a tuna can. Put 1/4 cup meat in the can and, using one of the lids you cut off, press down. Voila, thin and perfectly shaped patties! To do sausage links, you’ll need a sausage stuffer and casings. I use the stuffer attachment for my Kitchen-Aid Stand Mixer.
Either way, I make sausage in bulk, usually 8-10 pounds at a time, and pre-cook at least half of that before stashing all of it in the freezer. Even if you’d rather make your own a pound at a time, this recipe will give you all the taste you’re used to from the commercial stuff, minus the white slime, scary preservatives, and shockingly vast amounts of salt.
Of course, if you’d rather make sausage gravy you can skip the part about shaping it into patties. Simply crumble it in to frying pan and brown as you would ground beef, then follow your favorite sausage gravy recipe.
Equipment I’ve Used: