Friday, September 13, 2013

Ginger and Spice Breakfast Sausage from Paleo Lunches and Breakfasts to Go

Shortly after ending my AIP experiment, I was very lucky to receive a copy of Diana Rodgers' new book, Paleo Lunches and Breakfasts to Go: The Solution to Gluten Free  Eating All Day Long with Delicious, Easy and Portable Primal Meals.  Over the next few weeks, I'll be blogging a few recipes from this beautiful new cookbook.  I meet Diana this past weekend at the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund Save Your Bacon event in Staunton, Virginia.  Simply put, she is a paleo powerhouse. In addition to running a farm, she has a Paleo/Primal Nutrition Practice and is now a cookbook author. That makes me tired just typing it.  

What better way to start cooking from a breakfast and lunch cookbook than to start with some breakfast sausage.  One of my weekend rituals is to go to a local diner and have the breakfast platter that includes breakfast sausage that they mix in house.  Could Diana's recipe give me a reason to stay home?  

I gathered my ingredients.  I made a half batch of the recipe this time around.  


Don't forget the ginger!

From there, the recipe is super easy.  You basically measure out all of the ingredients in to a bowl and combine them.  I used latex gloves to mix up the pork and spices with my hands.

Once everything is mixed together,  form your patties and fry them with coconut oil.

Here's my plate.  

Since my breakfast platter at the cafe usually includes egg, I fried one up to complete my at home cafe breakfast.  

Accessibility & Cost of Ingredients: Of course you should try to find the best quality pork you can afford, which might not be available at your "big box" grocery store, but really everything you need for this recipe could be found there.  Luckily, I had all of the spices on hand.  Since I already had ground fennel and cloves, I used that rather than freshly grinding some.  

Preparation and Cooking Time:  As the preparation was so easy and I actually made this on a weekday morning and was partly focused on getting to work, I didn't break down the preparation from the cooking time.  Sorry.  I followed Diana's suggested cooking times in the recipe and they worked out fine.  My total preparation and cooking time was 23 minutes.  

Clean Up:  The clean up was super simple as everything, except for my pan, went into the dishwasher.  
The Paleo Review:  Thumps Up!  At about 5 minutes into frying the sausage, my kitchen smelled like breakfast.  The taste was true to the wonderful aroma that filled my house.  The sausage patties were juicy and flavorful.  They weren't overwhelmingly spicy or hot as I've found many breakfast sausage blends can be.  While I'll probably reserve these for the weekend, they are super easy to make and really don't take that long to cook.  It was the perfect way to complete my breakfast platter at home.  

I've frozen a few patties and will report back on how well they freeze once I defrost and have eaten them.  

I've not seen that Diana has posted this recipe anywhere, so I encourage you to get the book.  

Blog Note:  I'll be getting a post or two together about my Save Your Bacon weekend in Virginia. Unfortunately, I had to dive right back into the real world work grind, so it will take me a few days to catch up.