Homemade Breakfast Sausage

Breakfast Sausage-10You know what’s really easy to make from scratch? Breakfast sausage. The best advantage of making it yourself is that you can adjust the seasoning and use whatever kind of meat that you prefer. I really like this combination of spices, the tiny bit of garlic that adds flavor but doesn’t take over your mouth for the rest for the day, a pinch of red pepper flakes for some heat and the maple syrup rounds our all the flavors but doesn’t make the sausage too sweet. Pork has always been my first choice for sausage but just about any other ground meat will work here too.

You can even make a large batch and freeze part of it for an easy breakfast down the road or to add to other dishes, like breakfast casseroles or burritos.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 lbs ground meat (pork, beef, lamb, chicken, turkey)

1 1/2 tsp salt

ground black pepper

1 garlic clove, minced

1 teaspoon dry spices (thyme, sage, parsley, etc.)

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon ground coriander

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 Tablespoon maple syrup (or brown sugar)

oil, for frying

Instructions:

Breakfast Sausage-1-12You can use just about any ground meat that you like. I prefer using pork, but you can use beef, chicken, turkey, etc. If you want to use turkey or chicken, don’t use all breast meat, because the sausage will be too tough and dry. For the pork, I like to use pork shoulder and for beef, chuck.

Add the salt, pepper, garlic, spices and maple syrup to the ground meat and mix to combine. Breakfast Sausage-3Adjust the seasoning to whatever you like. Any combination of dry herbs will work here. I really like dry thyme, parsley, ground coriander, paprika, a smudge of red pepper flakes for a bit of heat.

Breakfast Sausage-2Shape the meat into 2 1/2 – 3 inch patties.

Breakfast Sausage-4Sausages can cooked right away, or the formed patties can be refrigerated  for up to 24 hours. The flavors will get deeper if the sausages are chilled for those hours. You can also freeze the patties. Place them in a single layer on a baking sheet, plate or cutting board and freeze them until they are solid, at least a few hours, then place them in a airtight container or a freezer bag. You should have 12-14 sausage patties.

Breakfast Sausage-5When cooking the sausage, heat up some oil in a skillet, add the sausages and brown them on both sides on medium heat, about 5 minutes per side. Breakfast Sausage-8Breakfast Sausage-9If you want to cook the sausages in the oven, preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, spritz the sausages on both sides with oil and place them on a baking sheet. Bake until golden. Breakfast Sausage-12

Homemade Breakfast Sausage
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 12-14 patties
Ingredients
  • 1½ lbs ground meat (pork, beef, lamb, chicken, turkey)
  • 1½ tsp salt
  • ground black pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dry spices (thyme, sage, parsley, etc.)
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tablespoon maple syrup (or brown sugar)
  • oil, for frying
Instructions
  1. You can use just about any ground meat that you like. I prefer using pork, but you can use beef, chicken, turkey, etc. If you want to use turkey or chicken, don't use all breast meat, because the sausage will be too tough and dry. For the pork, I like to use pork shoulder and for beef, chuck.
  2. Add the salt, pepper, garlic, spices and maple syrup to the ground meat and mix to combine. Shape the meat into 2½ - 3 inch patties.
  3. Sausages can cooked right away, or the formed patties can be refrigerated for up to 24 hours. The flavors will get deeper if the sausages are chilled for those hours. You can also freeze the patties. Place them in a single layer on a baking sheet, plate or cutting board and freeze them until they are solid, at least a few hours, then place them in a airtight container or a freezer bag. You should have 12-14 sausage patties.
  4. When cooking the sausage, heat up some oil in a skillet, add the sausages and brown them on both sides on medium heat, about 5 minutes per side. If you want to cook the sausages in the oven, preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, spritz the sausages on both sides with oil and place them on a baking sheet. Bake until golden.

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