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 Chicken Helper BOLD Chipotle Chicken Enchilada

I have adapted this to use ground chicken instead of cubed raw chicken.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Prepare the Rice:  Place the rice, 1 Tbsp. organic pasture butter, 1 tsp. Real Salt,1-1/2 cups of vegetable stock and 1-1/2 cups of beef stock into a 1 quart saucepan with lid; Cover, bring to a boil then immediately reduce the heat and simmer on low for 45 minutes.
  2. If using Homemade Organic Freezer Ground Chicken Mix:  Pour 1/4 cup water into a deep saucepan with lid; Add the frozen chicken mix, onions, bell pepper and diced tomatoes.  Simmer for 15 minutes over medium heat, covered.  Uncover; break up the frozen chunks into smaller pieces.  Add the garlic; Cover and simmer for an additional 5 minutes.  Proceed with step 5.
  3. Brown the chicken in a saucepan until halfway done.
  4. Add the onions, bell pepper, diced tomatoes and garlic and saute with the ground chicken for 6 to 7 minutes until the chicken is light tan and the onions are clear.
  5. Add the remaining chicken stock and vegetable stock, along with the tomato paste and milk; Stir well.
  6. Stir in the Homemade Organic Southwest Chipotle Seasoning, remaining salt, parsley flakes, paprika, chipotle pepper, chili pepper powder, and crushed rosemary.
  7. Slowly bring the mixture to a boil then simmer, covered, until the brown rice is fully cooked.
  8. Mix in the cooked rice, cheddar cheese, ricotta cheese and sour cream until well combined.
  9. Top with more sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese and green onions, if desired.
  10. Enjoy!

 

Homemade Organic Chicken Parmigiana

This recipe was adapted by myself from one by Rachel Ray.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 1 quart Homemade Organic Marinara Sauce
  • 4 boneless, skinless organic pastured chicken breasts (6-8 ounces each), rib meat removed
  • Real Salt
  • Organic freshly ground peppercorn blend
  • 1-1/2 cup Homemade Organic Breadcrumbs; *OR use Homemade Organic Seasoned Breadcrumbs and omit the fresh herbs
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated organic Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, plus some for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon organic fresh Italian flat leaf parsley, finely chopped, *OR 1 tsp. dried organic parsley flakes
  • 1 sprig organic fresh organic rosemary, finely chopped; *OR  1 Tbsp. organic dried rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon fresh organic thyme, finely chopped; *OR, 1 tsp. organic dried thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon organic granulated onion
  • 1 teaspoon organic granulated garlic
  • 2 teaspoons grated organic lemon zest
  • 1/2 – 1 cup organic unbleached white flour, for dredging
  • 1-2 large organic pasture eggs, beaten  (use one at a time)
  • 1/2 cup organic extra virgin olive oil or home rendered schmaltz for shallow frying
  • A few leaves of fresh organic basil
  • 1 lb. organic linguine noodles

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Cut into the fat, rounded side of each chicken breast to butterfly them open; Cut each breast in half crosswise.
  2. Gently pound them into very thin cutlets and season with salt and pepper on each side.
  3. Combine breadcrumbs with the grated Parmigiano Reggiano, herbs, granulated onion and garlic, and lemon zest.
  4. Line up three dishes to dredge the cutlets; one with flour, one with the egg and one with the herbed breadcrumbs.
  5. Pre-heat the oven to 200°F and place a metal rack on a baking sheet to keep the cutlets warm while preparing them in batches.
  6. Heat a shallow layer of oil or schmaltz(1/8-1/4-inch) in a very large skillet over medium to medium-high heat.
  7. Heat the marinara sauce over medium heat in a small pot.
  8. Bring a large pot of water to a boil with a pinch of salt for the pasta. Cook the pasta to al dente.
  9. While the water is coming to a boil and the pasta cooks, coat the chicken cutlets in flour and shake off the excess; drop them in the egg and drain the excess and then coat them evenly in the breadcrumb mixture.
  10. Saute the cutlets one or two at a time for 3 minutes on each side.
  11. Keep the finished cutlets warm in oven as you finish the rest.
  12. To serve, place a large cutlet on a plate and top with a ladle of sauce, some Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and garnish with a basil leaf.
  13. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Old-Fashioned Rosemary and Basil Bread Loaves

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 2 [3-strip] packages organic yeast
  • 2 Tbsp. organic cane sugar
  • 5 cups unchlorinated and unfluoridated warm water [110° Fahrenheit], divided
  • 4 tsp. Real Salt
  • 3/4 cup organic cane sugar
  • 4 Tbsp. packed fresh organic rosemary; OR 2 Tbsp. organic dried rosemary, crushed
  • 4 Tbsp. packed fresh organic basil; OR 2 Tbsp. organic dried basil, crushed
  • 1/2 c. plus 2 Tbsp. [1 stick plus 2 Tbsp.] organic pasture butter; OR home rendered lard; OR a combination of the two
  • Approximately 16 cups organic unbleached white flour

Here’s How I do it:

  1. In a bowl, dissolve yeast and 2 Tbsp. sugar into 5 cups warm water; Allow to stand for 10 minutes.
  2. In a very large stainless steel mixing bowl, whisk 10 cups of flour, 3/4 cup sugar, 4 tsp. salt, rosemary, and basil until well blended.
  3. Cut butter/lard into flour mixture.
  4. Make a dip in the flour then pour the yeast mixture into the mixing bowl with the flour; Mix until combined.
  5. Add the remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time until a stiff dough is formed.
  6. Knead well for 10 minutes; Punch the dough down.
  7. Grease 5-6 loaf pans with additional butter/lard.
  8. Divide the dough into 5/6 portions.
  9. Take each portion and spread it out into a rectangle; Fold the extra bits under the top and make them as flat as possible.
  10. Cover the loaves and allow them to rise until they are 1″ above the top of the loaf pan. [Note:  A good technique for rising bread is to place it in the oven at 170° Fahrenheit for 10 minutes, then turn the oven off and keep the bread in there for an hour.]
  11. Preheat the oven to 350° Fahrenheit.
  12. Bake loaves for 40 to 45 minutes at 350° Fahrenheit.
  13. Place the baked loaves on wire racks to cool; Remove from baking dishes and allow to cool completely.
  14. Keep the bread in a bread box or in the freezer.
  15. For freezer storage:  Wrap each loaf in unbleached parchment paper, then again in foil.  Place the wrapped loaf in an unbleached paper bag and roll to close; Freeze.
  16. This recipe yields 5-6 loaves.
  17. Enjoy!