This weekend, I made my own breakfast sausage. Homemade.
We got a meat grinder attachment for my KitchenAid® mixer at Christmas. I’ve ground up beef for burgers, but I hadn’t ventured far beyond that.
It’s important to know, so you keep reading, that you DO NOT need a meat grinder for this recipe. Keep reading. If you DO have a meat grinder, it’s life changing and messy. Very, very messy. So really, you win with this recipe if you don’t have to grind the meat yourself.
Either way, the secret ingredient is Adkins® Farm Style Sausage Seasoning, which I happened upon at Brookshire’s when I was buying the pork to make my sausage. It’s a premixed blend of salt, sage, crushed red pepper, sugar, black pepper, ground red pepper and paprika. Everything you’d want in a breakfast sausage. Almost. I roasted a fennel bulb and added it to the meat grind. Again, you can also add it if you do NOT have a meat grinder.
I also added extra red pepper flakes because I hoped it would be spicier. It was, but it wasn’t overpowering.
Even with the added fat (which was the primary cause of the meat grinder mess…hey, I’m still learning), this was a lean, compact, rich sausage.
Farm-Style Breakfast Sausage
1 fennel bulb, fronds removed
2 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
2 lbs pork tenderloin OR ground pork
1/2 lb trimmed fat (the butcher at Brookshire’s will be happy to accommodate this request) Omit if using ground pork
4 Tbs Adkins® Farm Style Sausage Seasoning
2 egg whites
Preheat oven to 400° F. Slice fennel bulb into thin slices, discarding the fronds; place fennel on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil on both sides. Roast, turning once, for about 15 minutes or until golden-brown and beginning to caramelize. Remove from oven; let cool. If using a grinder, chop into large pieces. If using ground pork, dice fennel into small pieces.
Meanwhile, if using pork tenderloin and a grinder, cut pork and trimmed fat into 1-inch pieces or smaller. Spread out on a baking sheet, and place in freezer for about 1 hour. If using a grinder, place all grinder components into the freezer as well.
When pork is cold, remove from freezer. Sprinkle with Adkins Farm Style Sausage Seasoning; add fennel to the tray. Using a medium output plate, feed into meat grinder in small portions until all the meat and fennel are ground up. Remove medium plate; replace with a smaller grind plate. Grind pork a second time.
If using ground pork, pick up the recipe here. Sprinkle ground pork with Adkins® Farm Style Sausage Seasoning. Add in finely diced roasted fennel. Adjust red pepper by adding more flakes if necessary.
Place pork into the bowl of a stand mixer. Add two egg whites. Beat with a paddle attachment until all the spices and egg whites are well-incorporated.
Place on a large sheet of parchment paper. Roll tightly and refrigerate for at least 24 hours. Slice into 1/4-inch slices. Fry in a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat until internal temperatures reach 145° F.
Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 112, Fat: 4 g (1 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 44 mg, Sodium: 47 mg, Carbohydrates: 2 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 17 g.
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