Sunday, January 15, 2017

Homemade Sausage - 2 ways

Sticking to Whole 30 and not getting bored means finding ways to be creative with food - making it delicious and comforting. And sausage? Mmmmm... almost as good as bacon. I've found these two ways to make both Italian sausage and breakfast sausage from two of my very favorite Paleo gurus: Nom Nom Paleo & Melissa Joulwan. You can find good recipes to put these into - and I'm including one each at the end.

For each version - I use 1 lb. ground turkey and 1lb ground pork. I drizzle some avocado oil in to keep it from being too dry. Probably 1T or so (but more like 3 good circles of drizzle with my avo oil jar). Mix by hand and "crumble" into a hot skillet. Break into pieces into the pan and cook until thoroughly done.

Italian Sausage: Thank you, Melissa Joulwan - this is delicious. Full recipe here with variations: CLICK Here it is listed out:
4 teaspoons dried parsley
1 tablespoon dried Italian Herb Mix (I like Penzeys.)
1/2 tablespoon fennel seed
2 teaspoons ground black pepper
2 teaspoons coarse (granulated) garlic powder
2 teaspoons paprika (sweet or hot)
4 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
1. In a medium bowl, crush the dried parsley and Italian herbs with your fingers to release their flavor.
2. Add the fennel seed, black pepper, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and red pepper flakes. Mix with a fork and transfer to an airtight container for storage.
3. Use 1-2 tablespoons of Italian Sausage Seasoning per pound of ground meat. If you like it smokin’ hot, increase the paprika and red pepper flakes by about half.

Breakfast Sausage: Thank you Nom Nom Paleo - I love it better than store-bought! This is for one pound of ground meat - adjust accordingly.  The recipe is from her book Food for Humans.
Maple Sausage Patties  
2 T maple syrup
1 T kosher salt
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
2 tsp. minced fresh sage
1 tsp. fresh thyme
½ tsp. fresh rosemary
½ tsp. ancho chili powder

Since I cook Whole 30 (no sugar!) I omit the maple syrup and add red chili flakes for some kick. 

Italian Sausage Recipe:
Through the #snowpocalypse - both Dave & I have continued on with #whole30 - no small feat because I could REALLY use a glass of wine after all of the snow-management we've been up to - (and keeping Dave's energy up too with all of the snow workouts? Oy!). This was part of last night's dinner (day 10!). Homemade Italian sausage (half chicken & half pork with @meljoulwan 's Italian seasoning mix) with lots of sautéed veggies & compliant jarred marinara. Served with roasted asparagus & over spaghetti squash for me - baked potato for the boy (after 2 hours on the roof shoveling the last of the snow). #paleo #januarywhole30

Breakfast Sausage Recipe:
Crumbled into an egg casserole? So great for easy weekday meals, and - the recipe is my first blog post here! LINK here for full recipe.  

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