When I wake up in the morning, it’s nice to have something savory and filling on the menu. While I do enjoy having a pastry for breakfast, it is so nice to enjoy something a little different. Mark and I love this Pork Breakfast Sausage. It is easy enough that anyone can make it, but it is delicious enough that everyone can enjoy it. Let me walk you through how to make this breakfast sausage so that you can also enjoy it with your family!
Pork Breakfast Sausage
Kitchen Tools You Will Need
- Meat Grinder or Food Processor
- Mixing Bowl
- Freezer Paper for Patties
- Patty Molder (optional)
- Freezer Bags
- Measuring Cups and Spoons
- Meat Thermometer
Pork Breakfast Sausage Ingredients
- Ground Pork (shoulder/butt)
- Bread Crumbs
- Brown Sugar, optional
- Crushed Red Pepper Flakes, optional
Pork Breakfast Sausage
Please note: I quadrupled the original recipe, as in 4 times the ingredients. The pork shoulder was just over 4 pounds so I wanted to use it up. When I went to talk to the butcher about what “cut” to purchase, he said I needed a pork shoulder or pork butt to make sausage. Pork tenderloins have very little, if any, fat so they wouldn’t have the flavor I want. He was so right! These pork breakfast sausage patties are awesome!
Trim as much fat as you can off the meat, make sure there no bones attached to the pork. Carefully cut the pork into pieces before placing them in your food processor or meat grinder. I weighed the meat to make sure the recipe would be accurate with the spices added.
I placed small amounts of the pork into the Food Processor and used the “pulse” button several times until it looked like what I wanted.
What I love about making the pork breakfast sausage myself is I know what’s in it. There are zero weird ingredients. What you see below is what I added to the ground pork. After grinding the pork, add the sage, salt, pepper, and bread crumbs.
I used my hands to mix it thoroughly, or at least as well as I could with my hands. It reminds me of making ground beef meatloaf. After mixing, mound the pork into 1/4 pound patties and fry them in a frying pan. I didn’t add any oil when I fried them.
You will want to place some waxed paper between each patty if you want to freeze the patties to cook later. Place the patties in a bag for the freezer.
Cook over medium-high heat for 5 minutes on each side until the center temperature is at least 160 degrees. Cook them as soon as possible if you aren’t freezing them.
Pork Breakfast Sausage Recipe
- 1 pound pork shoulder/butt (boneless)
- 1/8 teaspoon dried sage
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 cup bread crumbs
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar, optional
- 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional
Trim as much fat as you can off the meat, make sure there no bones attached to the pork. Carefully cut the pork into pieces before placing them in your food processor or meat grinder. After grinding the pork, add the sage, salt, pepper, and bread crumbs. Add the brown sugar and crushed red pepper flakes, if desired. Combine until mixed evenly with the spices. You can double or triple the recipe very easily. After mixing, mound the pork into 1/4 pound patties and place some waxed paper between each patty. You can freeze immediately after molding the patties to your desired shape. Cook as soon as possible if you are not freezing them. Cook over medium-high heat for 5 minutes on each side until the center temperature is 160 degrees.
Another Cooking Option: Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Spray vegetable spray on a 1/4 cookie sheet (depending on how much sausage you make). Spread the sausage mixture on the cookie sheet as evenly as possible. Or you can make patties and spread them evenly on the cookie sheet. Bake for 25-45 minutes or until the temperature is 160 degrees using a thermometer. They should be golden brown. Serve warm.
What can I serve with pork sausage patties?
- Fried eggs
- Scrambled eggs
- English Muffins
- Egg Bake
- Bagels and cream cheese
- Fresh fruit
- Mac & Cheese
Could I buy ground pork instead of grinding it myself?
When it comes to ground pork, you will see it in packages similar to ground beef. All you have to do is look for it in the meat section and it will have a label on it that says ground pork. If you don’t see any on the display rack go to a butcher, you can ask them if they will grind up the pork for you. You just have to ask.
How long can I store fresh pork in the refrigerator?
When you store fresh pork in the refrigerator the temperature should be 40 °F or less. Pork roast, pork chops in the meat counter wrapping should only be stored 2-3 days in the store or less if the packaging states a specific date. I know Costco sells pork tenderloin in vacuum-sealed packages that last about 5-7 days typically in the refrigerator.
How long can I keep ground pork in the refrigerator?
As mentioned before, you can store ground pork in the refrigerator, but you need to pay attention to the expiration date, but it’s typically 1-2 days maximum.
How many months can I store the frozen pork patties?
Frozen foods are safe indefinitely. However, it is best to use pork within 6 months!
What is the safe temperature when cooking pork?
When you are cooking pork, it must be cooked between 160 ºF to 165 ºF with the addition of a three-minute rest time.
If you are excited to change up breakfast for yourself, then you need to give this recipe a try. Pork Sausage Breakfast is good any time of the week, but it’s especially yummy on the weekends. It’s filling and delicious on so many levels! The next time you want a unique breakfast to make for the family, give this recipe a try. May God Bless this world, Linda.