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Homemade Maple Breakfast Sausage – Freezer Ready!

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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.

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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.

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We have a ridiculous amount of food that we have frozen over the last months that have been perfect for busy weeknights. 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).

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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!

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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!

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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!

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Homemade Maple Breakfast Sausage - Freezer Ready!

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Passive Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lbs ground turkey
  • 1.5 lbs 95% lean ground beef
  • 1.5 tbsp fresh sage, chopped small
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme
  • 2 tbsp packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes, (optional)
  • 3-4 tbsp cooking oil, for frying

Instructions

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Place mixture in the freezer for 10-15 minutes to make it easier to manipulate!
  2. Line a baking sheet or other flat surface with wax paper and lightly spray with cooking spray. Spread the meat mixture over the wax paper, about 1/2-inch thick (or more, if you prefer thicker sausage*)
  3. Choose a glass or bowl with a rim that is of the approximate circumference that you want your sausage. Use this to cut out each sausage.
  4. Heat cooking oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  5. Place breakfast sausage in the skillet in a single layer, careful not to let the edges touch. Cook the sausages for about 4 minutes on each side until golden brown. Cut your first sausage in half to make sure it is cooked through before removing from heat. Adjust the temperature as needed. Repeat this process in batches until all sausage as been cooked. Let the sausage drain on a paper towel before serving to remove excess oil.

Notes

*I began this recipe with 3/4-inch pieces which came out fine, but were slightly darker than I wanted, since they had to stay on longer to ensure that they were cooked through. All stove tops are different, so make your patties as thick as you want and adjust your temperature accordingly.

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[wpurp-searchable-recipe]Homemade Maple Breakfast Sausage – Freezer Ready! – – ground turkey, 95% lean ground beef, fresh sage (chopped small), fresh thyme, packed dark brown sugar, maple syrup, Himalayan sea salt, garlic powder, crushed red pepper flakes ((optional)), cooking oil (for frying), , Combine all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Place mixture in the freezer for 10-15 minutes to make it easier to manipulate!; Line a baking sheet or other flat surface with wax paper and lightly spray with cooking spray. Spread the meat mixture over the wax paper, about 1/2-inch thick (or more, if you prefer thicker sausage*); Choose a glass or bowl with a rim that is of the approximate circumference that you want your sausage. Use this to cut out each sausage.; Heat cooking oil in a large skillet over medium heat.; Place breakfast sausage in the skillet in a single layer, careful not to let the edges touch. Cook the sausages for about 4 minutes on each side until golden brown. Cut your first sausage in half to make sure it is cooked through before removing from heat. Adjust the temperature as needed. Repeat this process in batches until all sausage as been cooked. Let the sausage drain on a paper towel before serving to remove excess oil.; ; – *I began this recipe with 3/4-inch pieces which came out fine, but were slightly darker than I wanted, since they had to stay on longer to ensure that they were cooked through. All stove tops are different, so make your patties as thick as you want and adjust your temperature accordingly. – Breakfast – Recipes[/wpurp-searchable-recipe]

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