Savory Maple Breakfast Sausage- No Nitrates or MSG!

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Sausage is definitely something that is on my list of “Never Buy Again Foods”:

Most store-bought sausage rolls contain all sorts of icky things like MSG or corn syrup. Sausage is super simple to mix up at home, so there is really no reason to buy the store-bought versions with all the added junk…

We acquired a large meat grinder a couple years ago, which has definitely been worth the investment as we process our own deer, antelope, beef, and hogs.

When we cut up our hogs this winter, it was a crazy-insane day, so I didn’t have a chance to season any of the sausage as we went. Instead, we just ground up the meat scraps and fat and put them in one pound packages. I’ve been seasoning it as I need it, which has given me the chance to try a bunch of different sausage recipes, and *ding ding ding* we have a winner folks!

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Savory Maple Breakfast Sausage

homemade sausage patties

Adapted from the book Home Sausage Making by Charles Reavis

You Will Need:

  • 3 pounds of ground pork (or ground turkey, venison, beef, or antelope will work. Just keep in mind that sausage usually has a higher fat content, so regular burger will tend to be on the drier side.)
  • 1 small onion, minced very finely
  • 1 Tablespoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons dry, ground sage
  • 1 teaspoon dry, ground mustard
  • 3/4 t. black pepper
  • 1/4 cup real maple syrup (not the caramel colored, high-fructose stuff!)

Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl. I just use my hands– it’s messy but effective.

If you like, you can stick it in the fridge for a couple hours to help the flavors develop, or, you can use it right away.

There are several mouth-watering ways to use your wonderful lump of seasoned pork:

1. Cook it up as you would ground beef and add it into soups, skillet meals, breakfast burritos, or casseroles.

2. Shape it into a log, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap, and store in the fridge for up to a week (or place in freezer for later). Slice off a patty when you need it.

3. Shape into individual patties to freeze or fry up.

how to make sausage

I’ve personally been enjoying option #3.

I got this nifty set of biscuit cutters off of Amazon, and I found that they work wonderfully for cutting out sausage patties as well as homemade biscuits. (Especially if you plan to slap your sausage patty between two halves of a homemade Buttermilk Biscuit. Oh yeaaah…..)

They are easy to fry up when we are in the mood to have breakfast for dinner, and I also made up a batch of these DIY McMuffins to stick in the freezer. The possibilities are endless!

homemade sausage patties

Ready for the freezer. I place a square of waxed paper between each patty so they wouldn’t stick together.

Other Sausage-y Ideas:

 

Savory Maple Breakfast Sausage- No Nitrates or MSG!

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds of ground pork (or ground turkey, venison, beef, or antelope)
  • 1 small onion, minced very finely
  • 1 Tablespoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons dry, ground sage
  • 1 teaspoon dry, ground mustard
  • 3/4 t. black pepper
  • 1/4 cup real maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients together in large bowl (I just use my hands)
  2. Stick in fridge a couple hours to help flavors develop, or, use it right away
  3. There are several mouth-watering ways to use your wonderful lump of seasoned pork:
  4. Cook it up like ground beef and add to soups, skillet meals, breakfast burritos, or casseroles
  5. Shape it into a log, wrap tightly in plastic wrap, and store in the fridge for up to a week (or place in freezer for later)
  6. Slice off a patty when you need it, or shape into individual patties to freeze or fry up
http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2013/07/making-sausage-at-home.html

 

 

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  1. Yep, we sure have made sausage at home! I’m a big fan of the flavor of Jimmy Dean’s breakfast sausage, but to avoid the nitrates, we make our own these days. Finding a recipe with the right combination of spices can be tough, but we kept at it and eventually came up with a combination that suited our taste buds. This weekend we’re making homemade kielbasa! I’ll post about it next week, so stop by and check it out! ~Lisa

    • You know, last time I looked at a roll of Jimmy Dean, I saw that they had also added MSG to it too! Yuck! Homemade kielbasa sounds amazing!

      • James Fletcher says:

        Home made “kielbasa” (means sausage in polish or Russian) is a wonderful thing and very easy to make, even if you don’t have equipment to smoke it , it is great “fresh” un smoked. To every 10 lbs. fresh ground pork you will add 4 level tablespoons of canning salt, 8+ as much as you like cloves of Garlic minced, 2 teaspoons . coarse ground black pepper, 2 Teaspoons ground marjoram, and if you don’t want it to turn Grey when you cook it, 1 level teaspoon of instacure #1 and one cup of ice water. Grind the pork through a medium plate 5/16 or 1/4 keep everything as cold as possible, add spices and cure to the water stirring until the salts are dissolved and add this to the ground meat mixing thoroughly by hand about ten min. If you have a way to stuff this into casings do so. if you have a smoker let the sausage hang at room temp until the cassings are dry and hang in the smoker at 180 until an internal temp of 165 is reached. Alder or maple chips are great so is corn cob, hickory is a little much. Smoke is an individual taste and I will not tell you how much or how long to smoke. You know how you like it. As an alternative to the “Instacure” you can substitute Morton tender quick equally for the salt and cure and get a decent result

  2. I found a great recipe on Food Networks website. It was from Alton Brown and is his breakfast sausage recipe. I don’t know if it is still online. I have used it several time and really like it.
    Found it!
    http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/breakfast-sausage-recipe/index.html

  3. So glad to read about sausage. We will be taking our pigs to butcher in a few months and I have been wondering about how to make it.

    Really enjoyed reading about you, your homestead, and your mission. Will be back often. Glad I found another farm girl!

  4. love the info you share and your blog!

    i’m passing the stylish blog award to you if you’d like to accept it. if not, that’s totally okay!

    keep up the great writing!!!

  5. I was a vegetarian for the past 10 years who just started eating meat so I decided to go to a sausage making class my local county extension office offered. We made a few types of sausage but my fave was the Italian pork sausage. We used it as a pizza topping too and it was delicious! Definitely something I’ll be making at home again.

    • What a great class for the extension office to offer. Wish ours did stuff like that…

    • James Fletcher says:

      Italian sausage (Hot Sausage) is easy too, to every 10 lbs. coarse ground pork you will need 4 level tablespoons canning salt, 4 tablespoons paprika,4 tablespoons Fennel seed, 2 tsp. Black pepper, 2tsp. sugar,( for mildly hot 1tsp cyan or crushed hot red pepper, medium 2-3 tsp. and hot can be insanely hot depending on how much and how hot the pepper is) 1 cup ice water, mix allspices and salt with ice water stirring until the salt is dissolved ad to ground pork and mix until thoroughly and evenly mixed. Let stand overnight covered in the refrigerator, Stuff into casings, or make patties and freeze. You will never be happy with store bought again !

  6. Where could I find a recipe for making bratwurst?

  7. I cannot eat pork. What could be used as a sub for the pork fat? I like the ground turkey from Honeysuckle, but want away from the chemicals in everything now-a-days. TIA

    • mpbusyb says:

      I don’t eat pork either, so I used Shelton’s organic ground turkey to make a batch of sausage. I added extra oil to keep them moist. I also cooked them all up as soon as I mixed the meat, since the Shelton’s comes to me frozen. I freeze them once they are thoroughly cooked and cooled. It makes it so easy to make a quick breakfast for my on-the-go-adult-children. The Shelton’s is pricy. Now I have some grass-fed beef in the freezer that I’m going to use for the sausage. Adding fennel really gives it an authentic flavor.

    • we make beef sausage – it tastes the same to us , i bet beef tallow would work with turkey like it does with deer meat… i need to try this recipe – soon!

  8. I am bookmarking your recipe for us to use when we hopfully get a moose this fall.

  9. My husband has hunted venison every year for the last 35 years, but this year Nebraska lost much of our hunting ground to fire so he won’t be able to hunt this year. He usually makes sausage and smokes it and uses it as lunchmeat and gives it as gifts to family all year. His sausage is so good that many people cannot tell it from store purchased. It is a wonderful hobby for him. Finding pork fat is also difficult for him .

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    of plagorism or copyright violation? My website has a lot of completely unique content I’ve either authored myself or outsourced but it appears a lot of it is popping it up all over the internet without my permission. Do you know any methods to help protect against content from being ripped off? I’d definitely appreciate it.

  11. I was just given a ton of antelope from my brother in law’s hunting trip last year. Had some today stewed with a yummy tomato sauce. We love it! We always make deer sausage, so I’m eager to try the antelope.

  12. hmmm….all that sausage talk made me hungry for breakfast …

  13. pete from KS says:

    I have process deer, beef, and pork for several friends over the last 15 years. Just last year I processed 10 hogs, 7 deer, and 5 beefs. Year before was 6 hogs, 8 deer, and 3 beefs. I use the recipes found in Rytek Kutas’s book “Great Sausage Recipes and Meat Curing”. It is my go to for all sausage recipes. Everyone has a fav cookbook. This one is used so much the pages are falling out.

    I usually do at least 4 hogs a year for one of my friends. He has me make 2 hogs into just breakfast sausage. (He has a large family) He has said he won’t go anywhere else for bfast sausage. The brats in this book are awesome. I would put them against any other product you could find in the store. The brat recipe calls for veal and pork. I just use all pork. We usually make the Sweet Italian, Brats, BFast, Kielbasa, Ham, Bacon, Venison Summer Sausage, Dried Beef, Jerky. You might be able to find some of these recipes online at http://www.sausagemaker.com/ourfavoriterecipes.aspx

    You can’t go wrong with fresh sausage.
    pete

  14. Just a hint…two pieces of paper between the patties make it even easier to separate the patties….and I found that freezing in a single layer on a cookie sheet and then stacking makes a huge difference in getting that frozen stack of meat apart!. Love your writings……and share them with my daughters all the time….

  15. This looks so tasty! My husband would just love this made with ground turkey. I’ve never made sausage at home….I look forward to the adventure!

  16. Instead using maple syrup try maple sugar..it takes less and its an explosion of flavor… http://www.vermontpuremaple.com/buy_maple_sugar.htm?gclid=COrBvbHOqrgCFUrNOgodi28AyQ

  17. I use basil and garlic for Italian style hamburgers. I’m going to try that with this recipe. Thanks.

  18. Can you recommend a good meat grinder that isn’t too terribly expensive?
    Thanks!

    • James Fletcher says:

      Oster made an electric one out of Nylon that I used for years, it has the same grinder head as used on their kitchen center. Both can be found on Ebay relatively cheep
      . For a manual hand crank, NOTHING is better than a # 8 or #10, or #12 enterprise. the #22 is way to difficult to crank by hand, you can find these used for under $10

  19. RE: Savory Maple Breakfast Sausage
    I have been baking and cooking for over 15 years and am always on the lookout for new recipes to try. This one sounded good from a taste standpoint; the lack of MSG, nitrates, etc. had no bearing on my trying it out. Very disappointed! Aside from the hint of maple flavor (I used pure maple syrup) it was extremely bland. Perhaps I’ve been ruined by years of Jimmy Dean but I won’t be making this recipe again.

  20. I tried this with ground turkey and it was wonderful! My hubby liked it and he doesn’t like turkey sausage. Thanks for sharing.

  21. I’ve been making homemade sausage for nearly two years, trying different recipes as I find them. Just made this recipe tonight (followed it exactly) and we are super pleased. I’ve never used maple syrup in sausage and it was a nice change of pace. Thank you for bringing us along on your sausage-making journey!

  22. CAROL CATTELAN says:

    WHAT GREAT RECIPES YO UHAVE. THANK YOU JILL FOR SHARING.

  23. Jessica Kelly says:

    Ok, now I need a spicy version!