In my ongoing quest to eat “clean” unprocessed foods, I’ll admit that I’ve given up a few things that I once enjoyed. Sausage was one of those. But I found a recipe a week or so ago that I figured was worth a try: Homemade Paleo Sausage. It’s easy to make — you can do it in 30 minutes from start to finish — and the flavor is wonderful. Best of all, you can control the quality of both meat and seasonings. This sausage patty doesn’t have any fillers or preservatives.
I own a rarely used meat grinder attachment for my stand mixer. It doesn’t often see the light of day, but I pulled it out for this recipe. You will need a meat grinder of some sort.
I used one pound of trimmed pork loin and I was a little worried that the sausage wouldn’t have enough flavor because the pork loin was very lean. But the combination of spices and seasonings took care of that. This is one sausage patty that you won’t have to feel guilty about enjoying!
I found this recipe online and altered it to use dried herbs, since I don’t typically have fresh time of year. Here’s what you’ll need:
1 pound lean pork (I used trimmed pork loin that I cut into cubes)
1 TSP kosher salt
1 TSP ground black pepper
1 TSP ground dried sage
1 TSP dried thyme
1/4 TSP dried rosemary
1/4 TSP ground nutmeg
1/4 TSP cayenne pepper
1/4 TSP red pepper flakes
1 TBSP olive oil
First, gather your spices and prepare a skillet with 1 TBSP olive oil. Assemble your meat grinder and cut the meat into cubes. It’s best to use very cold meat for grinding. I also ran the meat through the grinder twice.
Once the pork is ground, mix in the seasonings, much like you would knead bread. Shape the meat into eight patties and then fry them in olive oil. You can let them cool and freeze them individually, that way they’ll always be on hand for a quick breakfast. I promise you won’t miss the fillers or fat!