What ingredients are used for breakfast sausage?


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Breakfast sausage is made from pork and a variety of aromatic herbs, including rosemary, sage and thyme. Consumers can purchase pre-made and mixed breakfast sausage at the store or make their own.

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Savory, rich breakfast sausages have a flavor that is entirely unique from other kinds of sausage. They are spicy, sweet and filled with meaty juices. The key is the use of many herbs and spices to flavor the main ingredient: pork butt.

The main aromatics, herbs with a lot of fragrance, that are used in breakfast sausage are sage, rosemary and thyme. These aromatics help give breakfast sausage its characteristic smell when being cooked. Other spices such as garlic, black pepper, cayenne pepper and salt give breakfast sausage heat and spicy flavor. The amounts of these spices used can vary by recipe and taste preference. Usually they range from 1/2 teaspoon to 1 teaspoon of each herb or spice per pound of pork.

Sweetness is added to the sausage in the form of brown sugar, which helps balance out some of the sharper flavors of the other ingredients. It does not have to be a lot of sugar. About 1 teaspoon per pound of pork works well. All of these ingredients are folded into ground pork and cooked immediately or can be frozen for up to 3months.

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