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.