If breakfast isn't your favorite meal, it's about to be. You will not want to start your day without homemade maple breakfast sausage after you try this recipe!
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Every Sunday morning, we eat breakfast. Scratch that – we obviously eat breakfast every morning, but on weekends we do it big. You see, not only don't we eat it together during the work week, but we don't really take the time to make a production out of it on our own. It's usually something simple; cereal, smoothies, juice, yogurt – grab and go type stuff. Nothing wrong with any of those, but I love breakfast – big breakfasts with variety. So we do it up when we have the time over the weekend.
Weekend breakfast always include some type of egg concoction with whatever breakfast meat we have on-hand, which is usually either breakfast sausage or turkey bacon. My favorite kind of breakfast sausage is sweet and savory, which pairs so well with our favorite dishes – deluxe breakfast sandwiches, omelettes, homemade pancakes, you name it.
We regularly buy frozen links from the grocery store, so I figured it's about time we make them at home. I decided to come up with my own recipe that I could freeze in single serving packets using our Food Saver, so that all we have to do is defrost them as we need them. I am crazy for recipes that make life easier, so I am really excited for our next big breakfast so I can benefit from this weekend's food prep. Or, maybe I will live on the wild side and crack one of those bad boys open on a work day.
I cannot tell you how much our Food Saver has saved our butts (he he). For example, these last couple of weeks we have been absolutely swamped with work. Feeding ourselves came second to everything else. I'm usually so good about having meals planned for the week that Seware would probably say I am “too good,” because there is always an excess of food in our refrigerator. Not lately, folks. That's where the Food Saver comes in.
We have a ridiculous amount of food that we have frozen over the last months that have been perfect for busy week nights. All we have to do is toss a vacuum sealed bag into a pot of boiling water and dinner is ready in 30 minutes or less. I kid you not when I say that meals that were frozen more months than I am willing to admit ago still taste like they were cooked yesterday. I was wary about this concept at first, thinking of spoiled food and freezer burn… but I was SO wrong. Seriously, buy a Food Saver. You won't regret it (this is coming from someone that is TOTALLY aware of expiry dates and semi-curious smells).
Anyway, back to the reason you came here: maple breakfast sausage. Mmm, guys, these are seriously mouthwatering! The balance created by the fresh herbs and the sweet maple syrup and sugar is almost enough to make me go defrost a bag right now, and it's dinner time!
I used a combination of turkey and beef for this recipe which satisfied my craving for red meat, while keeping them slightly lower in calories. You can totally do all turkey or all beef, if you want, but the combination is so tasty!
As you will see in my recipe notes below, it's really important to remember that all stove tops are different! My medium heat may be super low for you, or vice versa. I began this recipe with thicker sausage at medium-high heat, only to end up making them a little bit skinnier and taking the heat down to medium. I needed to find that perfect balance to ensure that I wasn't burning the exterior, and that I was getting the interior to proper temperature. And I was obviously going for that perfect golden color, 'cause well, I'm a food blogger. It's all about knowing what you are cooking with!
Note: This recipe is measured to reap enough breakfast sausage that you can freeze some for later use! Thus, the 3lbs of ground meat, which gave me about two dozen breakfast sausages. If you are working with less meat, simply adjust using the recipe insert below!