If there's one thing I can't keep stocked at our house, it's this homemade breakfast sausage. If you've never made your own breakfast sausage, you're in for a big treat. It is ridiculously easy to make AND it tastes great. You'll wonder why it took you this long to learn how to make it.
My secret to success is to bake sausage patties in the oven instead of frying them. I've tried several methods and have decided that baking is, by far, the fastest and easiest method...not to mention a bit healthier than frying.
I usually make double batches of itty bitty bite-sized sausage patties to freeze for school day mornings. They are super easy to heat in the toaster oven and my family loves them. You could also cook up this recipe in a frying pan as a bulk sausage for use in breakfast casseroles, omelets, etc.
So, you ready for this??
2 lbs. ground pork (or pork/turkey blend)
2 T. fresh sage, chopped
2 T. salt
1. Mix your ingredients in a bowl. (I use my hands to get it really well mixed.)
2. Make your patties and place them on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake at 400 for 10 minutes. (You can make them however large you like, but I use a tablespoon to make little ones.)
Makes 36 1.5" patties
If you like your sausage in fun shapes, let your child help make them...hearts, butterflies and smiley faces, oh my!
- I've decided I like these better with all pork, but if you want to use ground turkey, I suggest using dark meat because it does not dry out as much. And if you're watching your pennies, pork is way cheaper than ground turkey.
- If you don't have fresh sage, you can substitute 2 teaspoons of dried. (Dried herbs are more potent than fresh, so you don't need as much.)
- If you like your sausage a bit sweet, add 1 T. of honey and turn the temperature down to 375...honey burns quickly.
- If you like your sausage hot, add some red pepper flakes.
- When your sausage has cooled, pop these babies in a ziploc and toss them in the freezer...on busy mornings, all you need to do is heat a couple in the toaster oven. I like to serve them with my Easy Peasy Custom Coconut Breakfast Cookies, fresh fruit, cheese, or scrambled eggs.
That's all there is to it. Couldn't be easier. I hope you enjoy the recipe and many happy breakfasts to come! XOXO, Cindi