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Basic Homemade Country Sausage

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Rating: 5/5 5 stars
5 reviews

ready in: under 30 minutes
serves/makes:   2.5 lbs

recipe id: 12514
cook method: stovetop

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2 pounds lean pork (shoulder/butt)
1/2 pound pork fatback
3 teaspoons kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoon dried sage, crumbled fine
1/2 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 cup water


Coarsely grind the pork meat and fatback together into a large bowl. Add the salt, black pepper, dried sage, cayenne, sugar and water and quickly but thoroughly mix to combine.

In a hot skillet fry a tablespoon of the sausage until done, taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Shape sausage into patties.

In a skillet fry patties until browned on both sides and no longer pink in the center. Serve hot.

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351 calories, 30 grams fat, 1 grams carbohydrates, 19 grams protein per 1/4 pound. This recipe is low in carbs.
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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
I don't have a meat grinder so I used my food processor which didn't give it quite as good a texture but worked in a pinch. I agree with the other reviews that the balance of seasonings is spot on.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
First time making sausage from scratch. Definitely a project with all the grinding but the taste was better than any supermarket sausage I've had. I cooked all the patties and then froze them (minus the three that I couldn't help but "sample")

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
Excellent flavor and simple to make. The sausage has a nice bit of spice to it with the cayenne.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
Very good sausage! I omitted the sugar but kept everything else the same.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
Made this sausage, and it was very tasty, and easy to make. The seasonings are a very nice blend, and compliment the other. The finest flavor sausage I've eaten in many years.

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