The 25 Days of Holiday Goodies Day 5: Homemade Sausage

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How can homemade sausage be a food gift?  Think about a gift for a next-door neighbor.  The awesome thing about homemade sausage (and I’m talking bulk sausage, not smoked, not in a casing) is that you can personalize it based on preferences and what ingredients you have on hand.

After having some apple and gouda link sausage recently from our Kroger, I decided to incorporate it into my breakfast sausage recipe.  I served it up with yesterday’s recipe, the Eggnog French Toast.  It made a fabulous accompaniment.

Apple and Cheddar Breakfast Sausage

(Adapted from my Maple Breakfast Sausage)

1 pound ground pork (We grind ours from a pork loin)

1 tsp. fennel seed

1 tsp.  ground sage

half of an apple, grated with a microplane (to almost applesauce consistency)

1 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons cheddar (sharp), grated with a microplane to thin ribbons

1/2 tsp. Mrs. Dash seasoning (original)

1/4 tsp. onion salt

1/4 tsp. ground allspice

1/2 tsp salt

2 tsp. olive oil

 

Combine all ingredients thoroughly.  Form into patties or freeze as a log and defrost to use.  When ready to use, form into patties and fry in a bit of oil until brown on both sides and cooked through.

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