Reduce the calories, increase the flavor and freshness
If you like the savory sausage essence as an accompaniment or ingredient in breakfast and brunch dishes but take a detour because of the calories, here’s the solution. This sausage has a freshness you can’t get in packaged sausage and it is much lower in fat. Maybe you love sausage in calzones or on pizza but are mildly repulsed by the pool of grease all over the top of the pie.
Don’t worry about too much accuracy; just measure the herbs and seasonings in the palm of your hand. There is no chopping, slicing or dicing. ‘Quick as a wink’ you can mix this up, form into patties and get it browning or ‘dot’ on the top of a sausage and fresh mushroom pizza pie. My fave.
Recipe: Country Sausage
Prep Time: 3 Minutes | Cook Time: 8 Minutes | Yield: 8 Patties | Level: Easy
- 1 1/2 tsp sage, rubbed or ground
- 1 1/2 tsp fennel seed
- 1 1/2 tsp dried minced onion
- 1 tsp coarse garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 lb ground pork
- 1 tsp vegetable oil
1 In a small bowl combine the sage, fennel, minced onion, garlic powder, crushed red pepper and salt. Mix well.
2 In a medium bowl place the pork. ‘Rain’ seasonings over the meat and mix well.
3 Shape into 8 patties.
4 Heat large skillet with oil. Place the patties in the pan and cook 3-4 minutes on each side depending on thickness.
Omit crushed red pepper to emphasize the flavor of the herbs and spices.
- Exchange ground pork for ground turkey or chicken.
- Add more crushed red pepper for more heat.
Inspiration – Saucy Cuisine Kitchen
Cook with Sauces
Written by Helen Horton
Photographs by Helen Horton
Updated: May 17, 2012