Healthy & versatile sausage…
This recipe uses ground pork, and seasons it using herbs and salt. The result is bulk ground sausage perfect for use in any recipe that calls for ground sausage! I use this in my sausage and rice casserole, sausage and bean pumpkin stew, a stir fry, and more!
Did you know that store bought sausage is not good for you? Even if you buy organic, store bought sausage is highly processed, super high in sodium, and most times has nitrates/nitrites which have been proven to increase cancer risk! Who wants that??? Because of this I have sworn off store bought sausage. There was only one problem… I love sausage, and I love cooking with it. So I found a solution, make it myself! You are going to LOVE this recipe. It is simply delicious, better than store bought, no question!
Sausage ratio rules
What makes sausage, sausage? That buttery, savory taste you get when you bite into sausage is from the meat to fat ratio. While it can vary, I use a 25% fat, 75% meat ratio. For instance, if you have 1 pound of ground pork, use 1/4 pound of fat. Do not be afraid of using fat in cooking. Using fat and making your own sausage is way cleaner than buying the processed sausage from the store, where they put who knows what into it!
I have never had a problem getting fat from the meat counter. At times I have had some weird looks (but that is only their ignorance, good butchers surely know ALL parts of the animal are valuable and useful!!) but they usually never charge me for the fat.
Experiment with flavors
This recipe is for a breakfast-style sausage so the primary flavors are maple, sage and thyme. I add a little bit of dried red pepper flakes for just a hint of heat. I encourage you to experiment with other flavors. If you want to make some Itallian sausage try using Itallian seasoning and leaving out the maple syrup. For hot sausage, why not try adding hot sauce! No need to over complicate it- just think of making sausage as if you were seasoning meat.
House Made Maple Sausage (Using ground pork)
Ground pork comes together with maple, sage & thyme. Perfect for any recipe that calls for store bought ground sausage. Making your own sausage is better for you because store bought can often contain nitrates/nitrites which are linked to GI cancer.
- Get your fat cold, directly from the freezer is best.
- Put it in food processor and blend until completely broken up into a paste.
- Mix fat and all other ingredients in your stand mixer on medium for 3 minutes.
- (test a tiny bit for flavor/seasoning by frying up a dab in a hot pan) Adjust as needed)
- That's it! Use in place of store bought ground sausage in any recipe. Your body will thank you!
If you prefer turkey sausage, replace the ground pork with ground turkey! This sausage freezes perfectly. If you tend to make smaller meals (for one person!) freeze the ground sausage in 1/2 lb portions.