We are half way through our Whole30 and it’s been going really well.
The biggest struggle is breakfast. Oh man, some days I just can’t figure out what to make!
It just feels so repetitive. Eggs, eggs, and more eggs. Gah!! Plus, finding breakfast meats is so dang difficult as 99.9% of store-bought bacon have sugar in them, as well as ham and breakfast sausage. Oh, dang you sugar!
But if you make your own breakfast sausage you can make it Paleo friendly, or even Whole30 friendly. When making it Paleo friendly you can use maple syrup, but you can make it more smokey when you are making it Whole30 friendly.
Either way, it’s so freaking good as you get to customize it exactly to your preferences. I am not a fan of fennel seed so I skipped it, although it’s often in sausage. But you can use it, or other spices, as you wish.
Now that I made this homemade breakfast sausage I am really doubting that I can go back to store-bought sausage. The fresh flavors in this sausage has me hooked. Plus, making your own gives you the opportunity to jazz it up to make it your own.
I really enjoyed the subtle smokey flavor from the liquid smoke that I used. I plan on trying other liquid smoke flavors to see how the different woods impact the flavor of the sausage. It’s really so fun thinking about how to playing around with the different spices will effect the flavors of the breakfast sausage.
You definitely can’t get bored when you are making your own homemade sausage!
Homemade Paleo Breakfast Sausage
Makes 8 patties
- 1 pound of ground pork
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper (add more if you like it spicy)
- 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke (I used hickory)
- Put the pork in a large bowl, add all of the spices and mix thoroughly.
- Divide the pork into 8 portions, then form into flat patties. If you are not going to cook right away, freeze individually on a baking sheet prior to storing in a container or plastic bag.
- If cooking immediately, add a bit of oil to a nonstick skillet. Cook the patties over medium heat until both sides are browned and are cooked through, about 8-10 minutes.
Inspired by Nutmeg Nanny