Some of my favorite recipes are the products of happy accidents. This homemade breakfast sausage is one of them.
Here’s how it went down: I was planning on making pork potsticker meatballs, but when I went to the fridge, I realized I’d used up all the cilantro earlier in the week. Whoops. I also realized I bought double the amount of thyme I needed for another recipe. Whoops again.
Anyhoo, that’s where I started—2 lbs of ground pork and a bunch of fresh thyme. What resulted is one of the best recipes on this whole blog.
You’re welcome for sparing your eyes from the raw meat photos.
Best-Best-Best Homemade Breakfast Sausage
Paleo, Gluten-Free & Whole30-approved
- 2 lbs ground pork
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- zest of one lemon
- 2 tablespoons of fresh thyme leaves
- 2 tablespoons chopped green onions or chives
- 2 teaspoons of ground sage
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 1.5 teaspoons fresh ground pepper
- 2 tsp salt
- Optional: I didn’t add this, but a touch of maple syrup might be nice too.
Stir all the non-meat ingredients together and then mix with the ground pork until thoroughly and evenly seasoned. Fry up in a pan (you shouldn’t need much, if any, additional fat) and serve however you like!
Thoughts, ideas and other uses:
- Try the Bomb Paleo Biscuits and Gravy, using this very sausage!
- You can mix everything up with a food processor too—the consistency will be different. Smooth meat. Ew, but really not ew.
- It’s a fantastic paleo breakfast sausage, but you could use it in plenty of non-breakfasty recipes too. I love sausage, so this blog is filled with them (Sausage Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms, Thanksgiving-In-Your-Mouth, Kale-Sausage Soup, etc.). I used some of these leftovers in a Thai red curry too.
- Try making it into meatballs by adding a little bit of coconut flour and an egg.
- Fry it up with apples and onions and serve on top of a Dijon dressing salad.
- Make a hash with sausage, sweet potatoes and veggies, topped with a fried egg.
Let me know what you think!