Many commercial sausages have gluten or garlic, or are really fatty. I choose lower fat meats and make my own. Plus they're WAY tastier.
I usually use elk or bison rather than beef because of the fat content, and I have used turkey and chicken as well. Pork would always be fine. If you don't have powdered spices, grind the sage, rosemary, and nutmeg into a powder using a mortar and pestle, or coffee grinder.
1 pound raw ground meat
1 pinch ginger
1/4 tsp rosemary(omit for poultry sausage)
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp sal
t1 tsp sage
1 tsp thyme
1 Tbsp maple syrup or brown sugar (omit for Paleo)
2 Tbsp oil (omit when using beef or pork)
2 tsp water
Mix spices and sweetener with water and oil. Mix into ground meat. Form into 2" or 3” patties and freeze in a baggie by layering patties with wax paper inbetween. Remove as needed from freezer bag and cook. (A Forman Grill is fantastic for this! I just use my cast-iron skillet.)
Posted 18th January 2011 by Beth