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Homemade Fresh Breakfast Sausage

Homemade Fresh Breakfast Sausage

You’d think, after writing an entire cookbook about it, we’d be fresh out of breakfast for dinner ideas. That, or we’d be completely and utterly sick of breakfast for dinner in any way, shape, or form.

Not so.

Turns out, pretty much the second we turned in the final manuscript, we thought of something else that would have been perfect in the book. And then another something. And another. Breakfast for Dinner is one of those themes that is truly limitless, and I think we could easily fill three more books (alas, sorry to break it to you, but there are no plans for a sequel at the moment).

Rest assured, those ideas are not going to waste. We’re excited to be contributing a series of never-before-seen breakfast for dinner recipes for KitchenAid’s Kitchenthusiast™ blog in the coming months, starting with this mouthwatering breakfast sausage smorgasbord.

We put our KitchenAid® Food Grinder Attachment to good use, grinding a beautiful cut of pork into a light and flavorful breakfast sausage that can be used in a myriad of ways, including a manly breakfast sausage and potato pizza (Taylor’s favorite), breakfast sausage tacos, and egg and sausage sandwiches on fluffy buttermilk biscuits.

And you know what the real beauty of these breakfast for dinner recipes is?

You can totally eat them for breakfast or lunch, too.

Get the recipes on the KitchenAid® Kitchenthusiast™ blog »

Homemade Fresh Breakfast Sausage

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  • 1 pound boneless Boston pork butt, cut into strips
  • 2 slices bacon
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground fennel
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne


  1. Run pork and bacon through the fine grinding plate on your food grinder attachment. Whisk together sugar and spices in a small bowl, then mix in to the meat using a large rubber spatula or your hands, and a folding motion rather than squishing. Sausage can be cooked as is or formed into patties. You can also freeze the fresh sausage, wrapped tightly with plastic wrap and bagged in a zip-top bag, for up to 3 months. For larger cuts of meat (Boston butt often comes in 2-3 pound pieces) just increase the spices proportionally.
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  1. Breakfast for dinner never gets old to me ;) this looks insanely tasty!

  2. Hi, I love your blog!! 
    one question: i live in austria and we cannot get liquid pektin, do you have an idea what i could use instead?

    • Which recipe are you referring to? Any pectin should be fine for a jam recipe, I’d just modify the process to follow the instructions that comes with whatever pectin you use (for example, some call to add the pectin at the beginning, other kinds call for it at the end).

  3. My favorite thing in the world is breakfast for dinner!!! love your book. Who wouldn’t like fresh breakfast sausage!! yummy

  4. Looks so yummy, thanks for sharing!

  5. Looks delicious! I have made sausage a few times using my KitchenAid food grinder too, and it was great! I have a ton of recipes in my cookbook “The Mixer Bible,” but since I don’t have the Kitchenaid sausage making attachment, for some reason I thought that I couldn’t make them. A few years later, it finally occurred to me that I could make the sausage in bulk form – duh!!! lol.

  6. my favorite time for breakfast is anytime BUT breakfast – so yeah, go figure I die for this.

  7. This would actually make my perfect lunch! Love everything about it!

  8. OK, that pizza looks incredible! Need that!!

  9. Breakfast for dinner is my FAVORITE! I totally need to get this meat grinder attachment for my Kitchenaid so that I can make these! I love a good breakfast sausage and I can only imagine how good they are fresh! Heading over to gobble up this recipe fo’ sho’!

  10. I have been considering the meat grinder, I’m a polish girl and feel like I need to make some sausage!  On a scale of 1 to 10, how difficult do you find clean up?  I used to work in a food micro lab so I’m terrified of doing a raw meat  for other people preparation.  Horror stories.

    Still love sausages, especially the ones you mixed up for kitchen aid

    • Hold on, let me ask Taylor. He’s the one who actually cleans it (haha). Everything but the metal plates can go in the dishwasher, which is nice. He uses a toothpick to remove any chunks left in the plates, then throws the rest in the dishwasher.

      We really like knowing what goes into our ground meat, rather than who knows how many different animals in one package…

  11. Breakfast is my favourite meal – I could eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner – so LOVE this!

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