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Simple Homemade Breakfast Sausage is made with pantry staples, freezer-friendly, and preservative and gluten-free!

Simple Homemade Breakfast Sausage is just that - simple! Made in just one bowl with pantry staples, this breakfast sausage is freezer-friendly, and preservative and gluten-free, too. | iowagirleats.com

How does that saying go? Never trust a skinny chef? What about a skinny supermodel chef? Earlier this week I tried a new to me egg cooking method via the Instagram account of a supermodel I follow, because Ben is obsessed and I need to keep tabs on her you see.

Babe, did you see what blabbity blah posted today? She’s SO funny! I sent you a video link of her talking about how her husband proposed. Did you watch it? 

Yes dear. So funny dear. {silently fumes}

Ok, ok, the jig is up. We’re talking about the one and only Chrissy Teigen, people! I wanted to dislike the girl because, well, my husband is mildly obsessed (that said, what man isn’t?) plus she’s a supermodel who admittedly eats whatever she wants. NOT COOL, CHRISSY TEIGEN. But, she is cool. And funny, and smart, and witty, and, and, and…

Geez, who really has the crush? ;)

Anyway, Chrissy is a killer cook (the scalloped potato recipe on her old blog nearly brought Ben and me to our knees after trying it last year – sadly it’s been taken down for some reason,) and earlier this week on Instagram she posted directions for slow-cooking scrambled eggs. You’re supposed to stir whisked eggs in a skillet over low heat for 10-15 minutes before they magically turn into creamy, silky eggs that taste like they’ve got a crap-load of cream and cheese in ’em.

Neato! I thought, then almost immediately added three whisked eggs to a skillet over low heat. I stirred…and stirred…and stirred, and before I knew it 20 minutes (of precious nap time, I might add!) had gone by and the eggs were just as runny as when I started. After cranking the heat up to medium they finally started to congeal but the end result was like, weirdly and horribly slimy. Not a fan. Chrissy, I’ll stick to the memory of your potatoes, my friend! (And can we please be friends?)

Already long story short, I was cooking the eggs to pair with the weekend-ready-recipe I’m sharing with you today – Simple Homemade Breakfast Sausage!

Simple Homemade Breakfast Sausage is just that - simple! Made in just one bowl with pantry staples, this breakfast sausage is freezer-friendly, and preservative and gluten-free, too. | iowagirleats.com

Let me just start out by saying that breakfast sausage is my ultimate jam. It’s just so, so good and way more satisfying than eating a bowl of cereal in the morning. I’d say at least four days a week I start my day with breakfast sausage and two scrambled eggs which keep me going for HOURS.

I’m partial to the gluten-free Jones Dairy Farm brand of frozen sausage, but I seriously eat so much that I thought – I should really start making this myself. How hard could it be? Turns out it’s a cinch.

Ground pork is mixed with savory seasonings like dried sage and marjoram leaf, salt, and pepper, plus a drizzle of maple syrup (though this sausage is not sweet-tasting,) then shaped into patties and either baked or pan-fried. Freeze the leftover patties then pop ’em onto a plate in the morning and microwave at 50% power while scrambling a couple of eggs. Honestly it’s faster than making a smoothie!

This 6 ingredient recipe (and that’s including salt and pepper!) will make you feel great about nourishing your body with a wholesome, filling breakfast that won’t leave you casually strolling past the snack machine at 10am. That is the worst, and a feeling I remember well. I don’t know what sparked it – probably becoming a Mom and physically needing extra energy to chase a toddler around – but I am so all about foods with SUBSTANCE at every single meal. I used to eat like, a Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bar for “breakfast” in college. What was I thinking? Just, no.

Trust me, make a batch of Simple Homemade Breakfast Sausage this weekend to keep at the ready in the fridge or freezer, and get every day started in a healthy way!

Simple Homemade Breakfast Sausage is just that - simple! Made in just one bowl with pantry staples, this breakfast sausage is freezer-friendly, and preservative and gluten-free, too. | iowagirleats.com

Like I said, this recipe is so, so simple. In a small bowl stir together 3 Tablespoons pure maple syrup (not pancake syrup,) 2 teaspoons salt, 1 teaspoon dried sage, 1 teaspoon pepper, and 3/4 teaspoon dried marjoram leaf to create a slurry then pour it over 2lbs ground pork and mix with your hands until everything is JUST combined. Resist the urge to over-mix lest your sausage patties turn out tough and rubbery!

Shape the mixture into 12 patties then place on a plastic wrap covered baking sheet, cover, and then refrigerate overnight to give the flavors a chance to meld. (You CAN cook them right away, but the sausage will taste better if it’s had a chance to sit for awhile.)

Simple Homemade Breakfast Sausage is just that - simple! Made in just one bowl with pantry staples, this breakfast sausage is freezer-friendly, and preservative and gluten-free, too. | iowagirleats.com

When it’s time to eat, you’ve got two cooking options:

Option 1: saute the patties in a little bit of nonstick spray over medium heat (no higher) for 4-5 minutes per side, or until cooked through.

Option 2: bake patties on a foil-lined baking sheet for 17-20 minutes, flipping the patties halfway through.

Simple Homemade Breakfast Sausage is just that - simple! Made in just one bowl with pantry staples, this breakfast sausage is freezer-friendly, and preservative and gluten-free, too. | iowagirleats.com

There are benefits to both options – with pan frying you’ll get a yummy seared crust, but with baking you’re free to do other things while they’re in the oven – but either way you go, to freeze the patties you’ll need to cool them completely then transfer to a Ziplock freezer bag and toss into the freezer. Easy as that!

Simple Homemade Breakfast Sausage is just that - simple! Made in just one bowl with pantry staples, this breakfast sausage is freezer-friendly, and preservative and gluten-free, too. | iowagirleats.com

Simple Homemade Breakfast Sausage

Description

Simple Homemade Breakfast Sausage is made with pantry staples, freezer-friendly, and preservative and gluten-free!

Ingredients

makes 12 patties

  • 2lbs ground pork
  • 3 Tablespoos real maple syrup (not pancake syrup)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried marjoram leaf

Directions

  1. Combine maple syrup, salt, pepper, dried sage, and marjoram leaf together in a small bowl then stir to create a slurry. Pour over pork in a large bowl then mix with hands until just combined - DO NOT OVERMIX or sausage will end up tough. Shape into 12 patties then place onto a plastic wrap covered baking sheet, and cover with more plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight to let the flavors meld.
  2. To saute: Let patties sit at room temperature for 10 minutes to take the chill off then saute in a large skillet sprayed with nonstick spray over medium heat (no higher,) for 4-5 minutes a side, or until cooked through.
  3. To bake: Preheat oven to 400 degrees then line two baking sheets with foil and spray with nonstick spray. Transfer patties to prepared baking sheets then bake for 10 minutes, flip patties, and then bake for 7-10 more minutes or until cooked through.
  4. To freeze: Refrigerate patties until completely cool then transfer to a Ziplock freezer bag and freeze. To reheat, place patties on a plate then cover with a paper towel. Microwave at 50% power for 2-4 minutes, or until heated through.

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats, http://iowagirleats.com.

 

I can’t tell you how good it feels to have these homemade sausage patties hanging out in the freezer, ready to go anytime I need ’em. After seeing me eat breakfast sausage so often Lincoln has really gotten into them too, and giving him a homemade patty to pair with the rest of his breakfast makes me feel really, really good. Whoever’s eating them – enjoy!

Simple Homemade Breakfast Sausage is just that - simple! Made in just one bowl with pantry staples, this breakfast sausage is freezer-friendly, and preservative and gluten-free, too. | iowagirleats.com