By Food*Dude
November 30, 2014

If you're tired of limited options in the store where everything tastes the same and the quality isn't exactly top notch, you're gonna love homemade sausage—and making it is much easier than you might think. As an added bonus, you'll actually know what's in it. Wouldn't that nice? Your fresh, DIY sausage won't be full of unpronounceable preservatives.

Breakfast sausage takes just two steps:

  1. Mix seasonings into ground pork.
  2. Refrigerate overnight to meld the flavors.

(Consider it three steps if you're the rugged type who likes to grind the pork themselves. Either way, you're looking at about five minutes of work.)

Homemade sausage tastes better than store bought and can be seasoned in an endless number of ways. Like maple, sage, or fennel and citrus? Make it so.

Let's start off with a traditional recipe to get started. This sage-flavored sausage is made up of nothing more than ground pork and seven spices.

Breakfast Sausage

Photo by CC♥'s2bake

Chef John likes his breakfast sausage brightly flavored with fennel seeds and fresh orange zest—and just a touch of Italian herbs. It's delicious!

Chef John's Breakfast Sausage Patties

Photo by Chef John
| Credit: Chef John

If you're the kind of person who runs their bite of sausage through the puddle of maple syrup on their plate before eating it, this recipe is for you.

Maple Breakfast Sausage

Maple Breakfast SausagePhoto by mauigirl

Go Beyond the Patty

Now that you know how easily you can make your own breakfast sausage, wouldn't it absolutely divine in one of these breakfast dishes?

Oh, baby.