Store-bought sausage is usually laden with all kinds of fillers and preservatives. Just reading the ingredient list practically makes me throw the stuff back into the grocery’s freezer or refrigerator case. Here is a recipe we use that we like for “homemade sausage.” My kids say it tastes “just like Granny’s does.” Granny’s is probably Jimmy Dean’s. Just pick up some ground pork and a few spices. I love to eat it with sauerkraut tossed in the warm leftover drippings. I let the drippings cool down to just warmer than lukewarm so I don’t kill as many of the beneficial probiotics in my “live” sauerkraut.
Homemade Sausage with Warmed Sauerkraut
1 pound of ground pork
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 to 1 and 1/2 teaspoons ground sage (I am generous with sage because I love the flavor. To me, sage makes the sausage.)
Dash of red pepper (My kids don’t like it very spicy so I err on the low side here.)
Sauerkraut as desired, preferably one that has live active probiotics in it (not the pasteurized kind)
In a medium-sized bowl, mix the ground pork and all the spices by hand until well mixed. Form into patties. I usually make about five or so patties and squish them down so they cook pretty quickly. Cook over medium to medium-high heat, flipping mid-way through cooking. I like a light golden brown crust to form on mine. Remove to a paper towel lined plate.
Allow the drippings to cool to a still warm–but not hot–temperature. Spoon in some sauerkraut (drain the sauerkraut juices if you want, but I don’t). As far as how much of the drippings to use, you obviously don’t want your sauerkraut swimming in sausage drippings, but you want enough to flavor the sauerkraut and warm it. I’m trusting your judgment here. Drain drippings you want to save before adding in the sauerkraut.
Enjoy! I do this also to sauerkraut when I make bacon.
Family “gustar” report: All five members of my family eat the sausage very well. It is a go-to for breakfast when I can’t think of anything else. You can also make almond flour biscuits and make a sandwich out of them. Or instead of making patties, brown up the pork and use in an egg casserole or soup. Only one of my kids likes sauerkraut right now.
That’s it! Take care! Make the effort to simplify life. You’ll be glad you did! ~~Terri