Sometime last year, I ran into this delectable recipe for breakfast sausage over at Lisa's blog Homesick Texan. I saved the recipe thinking I'd like to try it sometime. I finally got around to buying the ground pork meat and I mixed up a batch. Overnight, all the wonderful flavors mix up nicely. This is Lisa's recipe:
2 lbs of ground pork
1 tablespoon of sage
2 teaspoons of marjoram
2 teaspoons of thyme
2 teaspoons of red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon of brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
Method:1. Mix all ingredients together.2. Form into patties and fry six minutes on each side.
Keeps in the refrigerator for a week.
Note: The spice measurements are not an exact science, and what I tend to do while mixing is pinch off a little bit and fry it up to see if I like the flavor. This is what I start with, but feel free to experiment.
Now, if you know anything about me, it's that I am big on tweaking recipes for my own use. I actually did follow her recipe precisely, and fried up a little bit for tasting. Great recipe, I'll grant you that. But the Mexican in me needs more spice! Since I started out with a little more than 2 lbs of pork, what I ended up doing is doubling most of the ingredients, and even tripling the 'spice' factor amounts. It's to taste, so to speak. I also added a couple of tablespoons of maple syrup for a little more sweetness. I liked it, but I still recommend anyone wanting to make sausage to use Lisa's recipe. My little adaptations would undoubtedly be too spicy for most people. But if you're game, try it! You'll find it's far less expensive to make. I found the pork sausage for around $1 a pound, and the rest of the ingredients I already had. Next time I'll try and post my very own recipe for Mexican chorizo. Can you say spicy?
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. ~Philippians 4:8~