Sunday, November 6, 2011

homemade breakfast sausage

I always try to make as much as I can from scratch. It saves money, it's healthier, and it's good for the soul, too. The trick is finding the time! It just recently dawned on me that I really should try making our own breakfast sausage. It only takes a few extra minutes to whip these up from scratch, and they really are satisfying. We like a sausage that has a savory/sweet balance, so you'll notice I put a little maple syrup in mine. The sage in the raised bed just outside my kitchen has been incredibly hardy this year, surviving two big, early snowstorms, and it's really the star ingredient in this sausage.

note: Feel free to add more or less or even omit some of the seasonings to suit your taste. If you have time, after mixing everything, fry a little piece up and taste it, so that you can adjust to your liking. 

~makes 10-12 patties 

1 pound ground pork (grinding your own pastured pork would be extra special and yummy!)
1 or 2 teaspoons fresh sage leaves, finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 Tablespoon maple syrup
salt and pepper to taste

1. Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl
2. Portion and shape into equally-sized patties
3. Heat skillet on medium, and fry patties for a few minutes per side

Easy, right?


  1. They look mouth watering....hadn't thought of using sage before...thanks for sharing the recipe!
    Jode x

  2. Let me know what you think if you try it, Jode...I think the sage really makes a difference! (and the maple syrup doesn't hurt either ;)


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