In the realm of morning indulgences, there exists a notorious creation that tantalizes taste buds, but simultaneously tests our commitment to health-conscious eating: the Breakfast Sausage. This forbidden pleasure has long held its status as a guilty pleasure due to its high fat and sodium content. However, for those willing to embrace occasional indulgence, we unveil the secret recipe that has seduced countless palates over the years.
- Ground Pork – 1 pound
- Salt – 1 teaspoon
- Black Pepper – 1/2 teaspoon
- Ground Sage – 1/2 teaspoon
- Ground Thyme – 1/4 teaspoon
- Brown Sugar – 1 teaspoon
- Red Pepper Flakes (optional) – 1/4 teaspoon
- Nutmeg – 1/8 teaspoon
- Paprika – 1/2 teaspoon
- Garlic Powder – 1/2 teaspoon
- Onion Powder – 1/2 teaspoon
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground pork, salt, black pepper, ground sage, ground thyme, brown sugar, red pepper flakes (if using), nutmeg, paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder. Mix the ingredients thoroughly until well combined.
- Cover the mixing bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.
- After the mixture has chilled, take a small amount and form it into a small patty. Cook the patty in a skillet over medium heat until fully cooked. Taste and adjust the seasoning of the remaining mixture if necessary.
- Once you’re satisfied with the seasoning, shape the mixture into small sausage patties or links, depending on your preference.
- In a skillet or frying pan, heat a small amount of oil over medium heat. Add the sausage patties or links and cook for about 3-4 minutes on each side, or until they are cooked through and nicely browned.
- Place the cooked sausage patties or links on a paper towel-lined plate to absorb any excess oil.
Enjoyment in Moderation:
While the tantalizing aroma of sizzling sausage may be irresistible, it’s important to exercise caution and enjoy this forbidden delight in moderation. The high fat and sodium content in traditional breakfast sausages can contribute to various health issues if consumed excessively.
To mitigate the guilt and make this indulgence slightly more health-conscious, consider a few variations:
Opt for leaner ground meats, such as turkey or chicken, to reduce the overall fat content.
Use lower-sodium alternatives for seasonings and avoid adding extra salt to the mixture.
Pair your sausage with whole grain bread or a side of fiber-rich vegetables to add nutritional value to your meal.
Remember, the forbidden pleasure of a hearty breakfast sausage doesn’t have to be a permanent exile from your plate. With mindful choices and moderation, you can savor this guilty pleasure without compromising your commitment to a balanced diet.