I'm going to just cut to the chase on this one:
Make your own breakfast sausage. I implore you!
It's so stinkin' easy you might wonder why you ever bought that already made stuff before.
Here is my recipe, but seriously... change it up to suit your own family's taste. Adjust the amount of spices however you like.
Homemade Breakfast Sausage
- 1 lb ground pork
- 2 Tbsp butter*
- 1 tsp dried sage
- 1/2 tsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp fennel seeds
- 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/2- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/8 garlic powder (optional)
Put all the ingredients into your food processor and pulse for a few seconds until the everything is fully mixed. If you do not have a food processor, of course you can do it by hand. But you may want to soften the butter first to make sure it gets fully incorporated into the mixture. If you don't like the idea of garlic for breakfast, then leave it out. I personally like the added flavor.
Form the mixture into small patties and pan fry them in a small amount of butter or oil until golden brown. Serve immediately or freeze for another day!
*Yes, I put butter in my sausage. It sounds weird, but I like the idea of butter instead of extra pork fat. I tried it because the first batch of sausage was too dry without some sort of fat. The butter moistens it up while giving it another layer of flavor.
I like dipping this sausage in maple syrup or as a side for my scrambled eggs. But you can do anything you want with it! In fact, a nice sausage, egg and cheese on a biscuit sounds pretty good right about now... mmmm!