Biscuits and gravy. Pizza. Tossed in with spaghetti. Is there a better way to enjoy sausage?
The problem for us is that most sausage is pork based. We don’t eat regular sausage from pork for a lot of reasons. I am not a fan of how commercial pigs are raised for meat, nor am I of the belief that their meat is good for you at all. We also abstain from pork for religious reasons, according to Levitical food laws.
Of course, there are exceptions to every rule, and different beliefs for each person. Go with what you feel is best for your family, of course. This is just *my* personal opinon and what we believe.
Learning to live without one of our favorite foods wasn’t easy. We LOVED sausage pizza on the weekends, and a hearty breakfast of biscuits with sausage gravy made winter mornings far more bearable. My family loved the taste of pork sausage like nobody’s business, and when I took this out of our diets, a revolt started.
I had to make a change in how I seasoned the meat we could eat. I found that by mixing different seasonings with hamburger, turkey, or even chicken, I could achieve a sausage like flavor without the pork. We like to use this on pizza, with eggs in the morning, and we have even tried stuffing our own sheep casings to make our own sausage.
Here’s the DIY sausage seasoning recipe that has my family fooled:
Ingredients you need for the best sausage seasoning mix:
- 3/4 cup salt
- 3/4 cup dried sage
- 3/4 cup dried thyme
- 3/4 cup brown sugar (or you could use sucanat, like I did here)
- 3 tsp black pepper
- 3 tsp rosemary
- 1 tsp chili powder (more if you like yours spicy)
Put it all together:
- Mix ingredients in order in a jar.
- Add an air tight lid and shake it up.
- Let sit for at least 30 minutes before use to allow the spices to settle together.
- To use, add 1/4 cup to each pound of meat.
- For sausage like patties, mix the meat with the seasonings and then shape and fry.
- Store in air tight jar for up to 3 months.
To use as ground sausage for pizza toppings, spaghetti, biscuits and gravy, etc. then you will add the seasonings as the meat is finishing browning, with up to 1 /3 cup water to blend in to the meat. This is great for a homemade breakfast sausage seasoning, too!
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