Cooking from scratch is the best way to ensure that what you’re eating is as healthy as it can be. I purchase pastured pork from a friend who raises hogs and I get all the pork simply ground, no spices added for sausage. The butcher shop we use will make nitrate free sausage, bacon and ham, but I prefer not to have them add the spices because I don’t know exactly what they use. Not to mention, when I mix it up myself each time I can make it however I want and tweak the flavors depending on what I’m making. I don’t have to figure out at processing time exactly how much of each type of sausage I want. If I want to make sausage and lentil soup I’ll mix hot Italian spices with the ground pork. If we want to have sausage with pancakes, I mix is savory breakfast sausage spices. Over the years I’ve played around with different spices and come up with a recipe we really love.
SAVORY BREAKFAST SAUSAGE
1 pound of ground local pastured pork
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
3/4 teaspoon dried organic marjoram
3/4 teaspoon rubbed organic sage
1/2 teaspoon organic summer savory
1/4-1/2 teaspoon freshly ground organic black pepper
(I like to use smoked black pepper from Mt Rose Herbs)
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground organic nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon sweet cinnamon
Mix all spices together then sprinkle over ground pork. Mix well to incorporate spices evenly into pork. Form into balls and put in container. Let sit overnight in fridge to allow the spices to infuse the pork. In the morning, smash balls into patties and fry up in a cast iron skillet. If you can’t eat them all in one meal, keep remaining uncooked sausage in fridge and cook the next morning or within a a few days.
Optional Ingredients: 1 grated apple, other sweet spices: cardamom, cloves, ginger, maple syrup, etc.
I usually add a grated apple to my sausage along with the spices, it adds a delicate sweetness to the sausage (any cooking apple will do). You can also add maple syrup to the sausage when you mix it up, but it has a tendency to burn in the skillet so I prefer the add it after cooking. I much prefer my syrup on my sausage than on my pancakes. Lately I’ve been playing around with making more of a sweet spice sausage than a savory sausage and it’s quite good. When I get the recipe just right I’ll publish it here.
What’s your favorite kind of sausage? Italian, breakfast, maple, other?
A great source for organic herbs and spices is Mt Rose Herbs. I find they’re products to be of great quality and purchase any herbs/spices I don’t grow myself from them.