Breakfast sausage is easy to make with ground pork, sage, and just the right seasonings. This delicious recipe can be used to make sausage gravy.
It’s easy to make your own Sage Breakfast Sausage, and it just tastes better knowing you added all the spices yourself without any nasty preservatives.
I had never made my own breakfast sausage until we got our own half pig direct from a ranch. If you are able to source your meat direct from a farm you know and trust, let me tell you – it is 1000 times better than any plastic wrapped meat you’ll find in the store.
Is breakfast sausage the same as Italian sausage?
The quick and easy answer is: NO
Keep in mind that breakfast sausages are to be eaten in the morning with your pancakes, eggs, and toast, and they are typically found in the form of both links and patties. You can find italian sausage in links, however, I doubt you will find italian sausage in patty form.
Also, the difference comes with the spices added to ground pork. As we already know how I season my Sage Breakfast Sausage, we can see that the ingredients are made to go well with maple syrup – especially if you are of the sort who will drizzle it across the entire plate.
On the other hand, Italian sausage is the pork sausage you add to pasta sauces and eat for dinner. They often use smoked paprika, red pepper flakes, and Italian herbs like basil and oregano. None of which, in my opinion, are meant to be combined with syrup.
What spices are in breakfast sausage?
If you want to make yourself ill, take a look at the ingredients in a package of Jimmy Dean sausage. I just did a quick google search and this is what I found: INGREDIENTS: PORK, WATER, CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF: CORN SYRUP, SALT, SPICES, DEXTROSE, MONOSODIUM GLUTAMATE. Gross.
Where are the herbs? Where are the seasonings you can pronounce? What the heck does monosodium glutamate do and why would you eat it? Yuck.
My Sage Breakfast Sausage recipe contains the following:
1 tablespoon sage dried or minced fresh
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes or more if you like heat
1/4 teaspoon marjoram fresh if you have it
pinch of ground cloves
Making your own breakfast sausage is the best option here. Seriously, it takes like 5 minutes to measure out the ingredients and mix them together. It will not disappoint.
How to make Sage Breakfast Sausage:
In medium sized bowl, thoroughly combine all ingredients. It’s easiest if you use your hands to mix.
Heat a skillet over medium low heat. Form sausage into patties and cook until brown, about 5 minutes per side.
I can tell you that this breakfast sausage tastes so much better than that pre-packaged business I mentioned above. Now go make it.
What to serve with homemade breakfast sausage:
- Tomato Arugula and Goat Cheese Frittata
- Gorgonzola Veggie Omelet
- Mushroom Spinach Quiche
- Damn Good Fruit Salad
- Baked Grapefruit
Sage Breakfast Sausage Recipe
- 1 pound ground pork
- 1 tablespoon sage dried or minced fresh
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes or more if you like heat
- 1/4 teaspoon marjoram fresh if you have it
- pinch of ground cloves
- In medium sized bowl, thoroughly combine all ingredients. Its easiest if you use your hands to mix.
- Heat a skillet over medium low heat. Form sausage into patties and cook until brown, about 5 minutes per side.
This post was originally created in January 2015 and has been updated with more fun facts and tidbits for your reading pleasure.