The problem is, most sausage you find in the grocery store contains gluten in the form of wheat-crumbs. It also often contains other undesirable ingredients.
The solution to these problems is to make your own.
Unless you want traditional sausages in a skin, making your own sausage is really not difficult or time consuming. All you are doing is mixing ground meat with spices, herbs and seasonings, rolling it into balls and flattening them into patties. What you do with them after that is up to you.
I typically freeze my patties until I need to use them, but you could use them right away. And if you want the sausage for something like a breakfast bake, you don’t even have to form it into the patties – just crumble it straight into the pan.
Pork Sausage Patties
makes 8 x 4oz patties or 16 x 2oz patties
- 2lb ground pork (preferably from pastured pigs). You could also use grass-fed ground beef if you prefer
- 2 tsp sea salt
- 1½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tsp dried sage
- 2 tsp dried thyme
- ½ tsp dried rosemary
- ½ tsp ground nutmeg
- ½ tsp cayenne pepper
- ½ tsp red pepper flakes
- ½ tsp fennel seeds
Place the ground meat into a large bowl and mix everything together with your hands until evenly mixed.
Divide the mixture into 8 x 40z portions or 16 x 2oz portions and shape each portion into a patty. The easiest way to do this is to roll it into a ball and then squish it with your hand.
Cook right away, or lay out on a plastic cutting board and freeze.
Why use a plastic cutting board instead of a wooden one? Because these patties can sometimes stick to the board once they are frozen. You can flex the plastic board to help remove them. This is not possible with a wooden board.
Once frozen, remove from the board and store in a ziplock bag in the freezer until required.
Thaw the patties overnight in the fridge.
Place the patties in a preheated skillet over a medium-low heat and cook for 5-6 minutes per side until golden brown and cooked through.
These can be served hot right away, or can be cooled and served as part of a packed lunch.