As they say, nobody wants to see how sausage is made…unless we’re talking Simple Homemade Breakfast Sausage, of course! Get your frying pans ready my friend, this breakfast-ready recipe is a cinch to whip up!
I will admit to keeping a massive, Costco-sized bag of Jones Dairy Farm frozen sausage links in my freezer. That said, we eat enough of them that I figured I should try making breakfast sausage from scratch, and I’m glad I did because it’s seriously simple to do.
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 them onto a plate in the morning and microwave to reheat 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. 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!
How to Make this Recipe:
In a small bowl stir together pure maple syrup (not pancake syrup,) salt, dried sage, pepper, and dried marjoram leaf to create a slurry then pour it over 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 absolutely CAN cook the sausage patties right away, but they’ll taste best after the flavors have had a chance to meld.
How to Cook Homemade Breakfast Sausage:
When it’s time to eat, you’ve got 2 cooking options:
- Pan-Fry: saute the patties in a large skillet over medium heat for 4-5 minutes per side, or until cooked through.
- Bake: bake the patties on a foil-lined baking sheet for 17-20 minutes, flipping halfway through.
Can I freeze Homemade Breakfast Sausage?
Yes, you can absolutely freeze the homemade sausage patties after cooking. Let the patties cool completely after pan-frying or baking, then place in a Ziplock freezer bag and freeze flat. To reheat, place patties on a microwave-safe plate then cover with a paper towel. Microwave at 50% power for 2-4 minutes, or until heated through. Easy as that!
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Simple Homemade Breakfast Sausage
Simple Homemade Breakfast Sausage is made with fridge and pantry staples, and is preservative and gluten free!
- 2lbs ground pork
- 3 Tablespoons real maple syrup (not pancake syrup)
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon dried sage
- 3/4 teaspoon dried marjoram leaf
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.