This is a simple breakfast sausage in patty form. So easy! The key is to get freshly and coarsely ground pork shoulder from a real live butcher.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
8 hrs
total:
8 hrs 25 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place pork, fennel seeds, orange zest, salt, black pepper, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, and nutmeg into a bowl and stir very lightly with a fork to combine. Do not overmix. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

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  • Check seasonings before using: Shape about 2 teaspoons sausage into a small patty and fry until brown in a skillet over medium heat. Let cool 1 to 2 minutes and taste for seasoning.

  • Cover a cutting board with plastic wrap. Divide sausage into 6 equal pieces, roll into a balls, and wrap each ball with plastic wrap. Press flat into patties and discard plastic.

  • Place a heavy skillet, such as a cast iron skillet, over medium-high heat. Cook patties in hot skillet until meat is no longer pink in the center and the sausage is browned, about 3 minutes per side. Serve immediately.

Cook's Note:

If using table salt instead of kosher salt, only use 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon.

Nutrition Facts

160 calories; protein 13.6g; carbohydrates 0.8g; fat 11g; cholesterol 49mg; sodium 358.8mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/30/2014
We really liked these and I made them into small patties and they froze well and are great to pop in a pan on a cool weekend morning. I cut back the salt to about 3/4 of a teaspoon and kicked up Italian herbs and it's a very nice flavour... Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/17/2014
Although this tasted fine, it is not the flavor I expect in a breakfast sausage. My boys, who love sausage, didn't eat it. They were put off by the orange and fennel. I thought it tasted too much like Italian sausage. It was good, but not what I wanted in a breakfast sausage. Read More
(20)
41 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 29
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 3 stars
01/17/2014
Although this tasted fine, it is not the flavor I expect in a breakfast sausage. My boys, who love sausage, didn't eat it. They were put off by the orange and fennel. I thought it tasted too much like Italian sausage. It was good, but not what I wanted in a breakfast sausage. Read More
(20)
Rating: 5 stars
09/30/2014
We really liked these and I made them into small patties and they froze well and are great to pop in a pan on a cool weekend morning. I cut back the salt to about 3/4 of a teaspoon and kicked up Italian herbs and it's a very nice flavour... Read More
(11)
Rating: 3 stars
01/19/2014
I thought the orange zest was novel but I don't think it works for a breakfast sausage. There wasn't enough flavor there and the orange and fennel combination just wasn't what I expect to taste in breakfast sausage. I followed the recipe almost exactly right down to grinding the pork fresh although I used a tangerine instead of an orange for the zest (that's all I had). Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/17/2017
Made according to recipe (orange zest and slightly-crushed fennel seed, refrigerated 10 hours, lightly mixed with fork). The only exception was that I do not have recourse to a "real live butcher," and used coarsely ground pork from the case. It was good... but the flavor was more similar to Italian sausage than traditional breakfast sausage. Too much fennel? Not enough sage and black pepper? I'm not sure. I'm planning to tweak the seasonings in the future. Read More
(6)
Rating: 4 stars
11/20/2014
I need to add about a tablespoon of maple syrup to the mix. It's a wonderful home-made sausage patty! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/26/2015
These turned out great. It's been a long time since I made my own sausage but these were way better than store bought. I loved the orange zest. reminded me of a good spring/summer day. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/28/2015
Perfect as it is! I would suggest reducing the red pepper flakes if you have kids under 5 years old as it might be too hot for them.It is much nicer than store bought breakfast sausage!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2014
Yum. This is a great breakfast patty recipe. I followed the recipe except for the orange zest which I didn't have. I subbed orange marmalade. Will make this often. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/07/2017
Still a little light for me. I added some garlic black pepper and that helped a lot I did like the sweet orange flavor and will make this again. Salt control is essential for me. Read More
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