Yum … spiced ground pork product. You never know what is in the sausage you get in the grocery store. Just what are those unspecified flavorings anyway? Does your sausage have autolyzed yeast extract or modified food starch in it? Congratulations, those are fancy ways of saying MSG and wheat gluten. Store bought sausage usually contains a large amount of sugar and salt, too. And, just what leftover pork product is ground up to produce that sausage? I am afraid I don’t really want to know.
Thankfully, making your own sausage is one of the easiest things you can do. Procure some ground poultry, lamb, or even beef, measure in your spice mixture, mix up, let the flavors meld for 24 hours, and voila! Homemade sausage! I like to use a mixture of ground turkey and lamb in place of the pork, and exchange the fat for finely grated zuchinni. It keeps the meat moist just as the fat does, but of course without adding, well … fat.
Alton Brown’s breakfast sausage
Alton’s breakfast sausage, modified
jimmy dean’s breakfast sausage
Chorizo sausage (Mexican)
Our family recipe for Italian sausage
Alton’s Italian sausage