Sausage Spices

A couple spice formulas I use for turning ground pork (or chicken or turkey) into sausage. 1 pound of lean white meat (90/10 or so) is ~750 calories and ~90g protein. Lean ground pork is available from Swift or Premio, probably other companies too.

For each of these recipes, you might also consider adding 1 Tbsp of plain bread crumbs to improve the consistency of the sausage; ~25 calories.

A recipe strategy I'm using a lot here (so I'll share it for you experimenters): whenever I have a major spice in a recipe, I try to pair it with a little bit of one or more related spices. That way I get more complex flavors that don't taste so overtly of the main spice. Examples: sage + turmeric, MSG + ground mustard + turmeric, pepper + paprika (or sometimes red pepper or ginger). And any time I use parsley / rosemary / thyme / marjoram / basil / oregano, it's worth considering adding a second spice from that list. Not every recipe here works like that, but you'll see it a lot.

MSG, in particular, needs to be paired against something else or else it will be too blatant and the flavor won't be right. About MSG (sold in the US as Accent Flavor Enhancer), there are some people who legitimately have trouble with it, but for most of us it's perfectly fine. Presumably one could get savory flavor by replacing MSG with one of the standard alternatives (mushroom, nutritional yeast, etc), but I'll leave the replacing to others.

Spicy Breakfast Sausage

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There are a variety of spices you could use in place of sage, and the recipe still works. Thyme, rosemary, or savory is a good substitution.

Savory Breakfast Sausage

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Nice mild savory blend.

Earthy Sausage

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I found this on Allrecipes as "Chance's Paleo Breakfast Sausage". I don't know that I'm doing it any favors by describing it as "earthy", but it's the best term I can think of. The turmeric and sage are the main flavors here, but they balance well against the rest so it's a nice blend.

Bacon-Flavored Sausage

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All the great taste of bacon, without the fat or the nitrates. Optional: add 2 Tbsp pancake syrup or maple syrup.

Spicy Italian Sausage

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Mild Italian Sausage

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Pizza Sausage

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1 tsp oregano in place of basil isn't bad either.

Pizza Sausage 2

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This one is more garlicky than the other pizza sausage, with the fennel as a secondary flavor.

McDonald's Sausage

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This one is pretty mild, with a hint of onion.

Bob Evans Sausage

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This one is heavy on the MSG to give it a rich meaty flavor almost like beef.

Jimmy Dean Sausage

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I'd have to call this one "bland and unobjectionable".

Bratwurst

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This would probably be even better with caraway seeds.