Homemade sausage seasoning can turn virtually any meat into a sausage-like flavorful meal!
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 the 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 opinion 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.
What is in Sausage Seasoning?
Ask any cook what’s in sausage seasoning, and you’re probably going to get a different response from each one. However, most homemade sausage blends include black pepper and salt at a bare minimum.
If you are making Italian sausage seasoning, add parsley, oregano, basil, fennel seed, paprika, red pepper flakes, onion powder, and garlic powder to this list.
If you’re making breakfast sausage, you will be using milder, sweeter ingredients like brown sugar (sometimes even cloves and marjoram, too) while a hot sausage will have spicy additives like cayenne or chili powder.
There are lots of reasons to make your own sausage seasoning. Not only does storebought sausage contain questionable ingredients like MSG and corn syrup, but it’s also much more expensive than a DIY, homemade version.
The DIY sausage seasoning recipe that has my family fooled:
- 3/4 cup salt
- 3/4 cup dried sage
- 3/4 cup dried thyme
- 3/4 cup brown sugar (or you could use sucanat)
- 3 tsp black pepper
- 3 tsp rosemary
- 1 tsp chili powder (more if you like yours spicy)
- Mix ingredients in order in a jar.
- Add an airtight lid and shake it up.
- Let sit for at least 30 minutes before use to allow the spices to settle together.
- Store in an airtight jar for up to 3 months.
- 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.
A Few Tips for Making DIY Sausage Seasoning
When I made my sausage seasoning, I simply combined the ingredients in a jar. However, you may want to use a miniature food processor or spice grinder if you want more uniform, even pieces.
Mixing the spices in a jar can make some chunkier than others. I don’t mind this, but some people might!
You might also find this recipe a bit too salty for your liking. Bear in mind that you can reduce the salt portions (or even eliminate salt altogether!) if you don’t like salty foods or are trying ot watch your sodium intake.
Not sure how your DIY sausage seasoning is going to taste? Here’s a quick tip – make up a small batch of sausage and try your seasoning out as you do so!
That way, you can be sure you have the flavors right (and that the mixture isn’t too salty or overpowering) before you make up a huge batch.
You can use either fresh or dried herbs for your DIY sausage seasoning. However, keep in mind that dried herbs will not only have a more uniform texture, but they’ll be stronger and more potent, too.
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 into the meat. This is great for a homemade breakfast sausage seasoning, too!
DIY sausage seasoning is terrific on beef, chicken, and turkey. We use it on pizza and in homemade breakfast sausage. Give it a try! BE SURE TO PIN THIS TO YOUR FAVORITE BOARD FOR LATER.
Heather’s homesteading journey started in 2006, with baby steps: first, she got a few raised beds, some chickens, and rabbits. Over the years, she amassed a wealth of homesteading knowledge, knowledge that you can find in the articles of this blog.