Homemade Organic Spicy Breakfast Sausage

I have adapted Alton Brown’s recipe to be organic and have the option use ground pork from the store or dried herbs.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 2-1/2 lbs. pastured organic pork butt, diced into 1/2″ pieces (If you don’t have a meat grinder, use 3 lbs. pastured organic ground pork instead of the butt and fat.)
  • 1/2 lb. pastured organic pork fat, diced into 1/2″ pieces
  • 2 tsp. Real Salt
  • 1-1/2 tsp. freshly ground organic peppercorn blend
  • 2 tsp. finely chopped fresh organic sage leaves; OR 2/3 tsp. organic rubbed sage
  • 2 tsp. finely chopped fresh organic thyme leaves; OR 2/3 tsp. organic dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. finely chopped fresh organic rosemary leaves; OR 1/8 tsp. crushed dry organic rosemary
  • 1 Tbsp. organic light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly grated organic nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. organic cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. organic red pepper flakes

Here’s How I do it:

Using a Meat Grinder:

  1. Combine the diced pork with all other ingredients and chill for 1 hour.
  2. Using the fine blade of a grinder, grind the pork.
  3. Form into 1-inch rounds with your hands.
  4. Refrigerate and use within 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months.
  5. For immediate use, saute patties over medium-low heat in a non-stick pan. Saute until brown and cooked through, approximately 10 to 15 minutes.

Using Ground Pork:

  1. Combine the ground pork with all other ingredients and chill for 1 hour.
  2. Form into 1-inch rounds with your hands.
  3. Refrigerate and use within 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months.
  4. For immediate use, saute patties over medium-low heat in a non-stick pan. Saute until brown and cooked through, approximately 10 to 15 minutes.

How to Freeze Sausage Patties:

  1. Roll the raw sausage into a log that is 1-1/2 ” in diameter. (Alternatively, you can roll the sausage into 1-inch rounds with your hands and freeze them individually before proceeding to the next step.)
  2. Wrap the sausage in parchment paper; Wrap again in aluminum foil.
  3. Write the date  on the foil that you made the sausage.
  4. Unwrap the packaging and slice while frozen.
  5. Cook the frozen sausage patties
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Homemade Organic Lard and Cracklings

This is What You’ll Need:

  • pastured organic pork fat
  • 1/4 cup unchlorinated and unfluoridated water

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Cube the pork fat and save the big chunks of pork for something else,
  2. Place the water and fat cubes into a slow cooker; Heat on low for 6-10 hours (depending on the amount of pork fat and the temperature of your slow cooker), until the fat is completely rendered and the cracklings are crispy, stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove the cracklings from the lard and store in separate containers.
  4. Pour the lard into pint sized Mason jars and allow them to cool before refrigerating; Freeze after completely chilled in the freezer, if desired.
  5. I store extra lard and cracklings seperately in the freezer.
  6. Enjoy!