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Source: Midwest Living
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a large bowl place meat and desired spice blend. Mix gently with clean hands to fully incorporate spices and combine meats (if using two).

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  • To store, place uncooked sausage in an airtight container and refrigerate up to 3 days. To freeze, divide sausage into 1-pound portions or shape into six 3½-inch patties per pound. Place in resealable plastic freezer bags; freeze up to 3 months.

  • Cook patties in a skillet over medium heat until 165° in the centers, about 4 minutes per side. Or use bulk meat as directed in recipes.

Breakfast

2 tsp. dried sage, crushed + 1½ tsp. kosher salt + 1½ tsp. black pepper + 1 tsp. dried thyme, crushed + 1 tsp. garlic powder + 1 tsp. onion powder PER SERVING 210 cal, 15 g fat, 54 mg chol, 230 mg sodium, 4 g carbo, 0 g fiber, 3 g sugars, 19 g pro.

Maple-Apple Sausage

Breakfast Sausage blend (reduce kosher salt to 1 tsp.) + 1 cup shredded peeled apple + 2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup + 1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg

Italian

2 Tbsp. dry red wine or red wine vinegar + 1 Tbsp finely chopped parsley + 1 Tbsp. paprika + 2 tsp. fennel seeds, toasted and crushed + 2 tsp. kosher salt + 2 tsp. sugar + 1½ tsp. black pepper + ½ to 1½ tsp. crushed red pepper + 1 clove garlic, minced PER SERVING 202 cal, 13 g fat, 54 mg chol, 416 mg sodium, 2 g carbo, 0 g fiber, 1 g sugars, 13 g pro.

Chorizo

3 Tbsp. chili powder + 3 Tbsp. cider vinegar + 1 Tbsp. ground chipotle chile pepper + 2 tsp. kosher salt + 2 cloves garlic, minced + 1 tsp. smoked paprika + 1 tsp. dried oregano, crushed + ½ tsp. ground cumin + ½ tsp. black pepper + ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon PER SERVING 203 cal, 13 g fat, 54 mg chol, 472 mg sodium, 1 g carbo, 1 g fiber, 0 g sugars, 13 g pro.

Beer Bratwurst

1 egg, lightly beaten + ½ cup beer (one you like) + 2 tsp. kosher salt + 2 tsp. dry mustard + 1½ tsp. brown sugar + 1 tsp. ground coriander + ¾ tsp. black pepper + ½ tsp. onion powder + ½ tsp. paprika + ½ tsp. ground sage + ¼ tsp. ground ginger + ¼ tsp. caraway seed PER SERVING 208 cal, 16 g fat, 69 mg chol, 422 mg sodium, 1 g carbo, 0 g fiber, 0 g sugars, 13 g pro.

Nutrition Facts

197 calories; 15 g total fat; 6 g saturated fat; 1 g polyunsaturated fat; 7 g monounsaturated fat; 54 mg cholesterol; 323 mg sodium. 228 mg potassium; 1 g carbohydrates; 0 g fiber; 0 g sugar; 13 g protein; 0 g trans fatty acid; 17 IU vitamin a; 1 mg vitamin c; 0 mg thiamin; 0 mg riboflavin; 3 mg niacin equivalents; 0 mg vitamin b6; 3 mcg folate; 0 mcg vitamin b12; 17 mg calcium; 1 mg iron;

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