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    • Copycat Jimmy Dean Breakfast Sausage

      Making your own sausage is relatively simple and these copycat Jimmy Dean breakfast sausage seasoning blends will having everyone in your family begging you to make more. Pork Butt is a relatively inexpensive cut of meat (frequently only $1.48 a pound) and comes in a very large cut of meat (usually 12-18 pounds at a time).

      We generally purchase a large pork butt and cut it into 4 equal pieces which become 2 nice roasts and several pounds of sausage. If you have a kitchenaid mixer, they have a grinder attachment available for making your own sausage. However, if you don't have a mixer or a meat grinder at home, be aware that Most butchers/ meat department employees will be more than willing to cut and grind up your pork for you at no extra charge, all you need to do is ask them.

      For Sage Flavor Breakfast Sausage

      You'll Need:

      * 16 ounces ground pork
      * 1 teaspoon salt
      * 1/4 teaspoon Garlic Salt
      * 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
      * 3/4 teaspoon ground sage
      * 1/4 teaspoon fresh coarse ground black pepper
      * 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
      * 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
      * 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
      * 1/4 teaspoon msg (*Optional, but this is what they use)
      * 1/8 teaspoon Oregano


      for Hot Breakfast sausage
      * 16 ounces ground pork
      * 1 teaspoon salt
      * 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or more, depending on how hot you want it!)
      * 1/4 teaspoon rubbed sage
      * 1/4 teaspoon fresh coarse ground black pepper
      * 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
      * 1/4 teaspoon coriander
      * 1/4 teaspoon msg (*Optional, but this is what they use)

      or for Maple breakfast sausage

      * 16 ounces ground pork
      * 3 tablespoons maple syrup
      * 1 teaspoon salt
      * 1/2 teaspoon msg (*Optional, but this is what they use)
      * 1/4 teaspoon coriander
      * 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper




      The method for making any of the types of sausage is the same, mix the seasonings into the meat. It's best if you do this ahead of time to give the flavors a chance to incorporate, but it will still taste great if you cook it right away.

      Once you have your sausage mixed, Then form into patties using your hands. cook as you would Jimmy dean breakfast sausage.

      We've also used ground turkey in place of the ground pork and had good results . While msg is generally a frowned upon ingredient, it does offer great flavor or it can be left out altogether without any issue.

      Comments 14 Comments
      1. kkline3665's Avatar
        kkline3665 -
        I have been trying to come up with this recipe on my own but now you have helped me. Thank you and I can't wait to try it.
      1. jelavin's Avatar
        jelavin -
        I tried this recipe this morning and had great results! I used the Accent and not the msg. My husband stated the taste was right up his alley. Thank you for sharing.
      1. dlneely's Avatar
        dlneely -
        My husband loves Jimmy Dean Sausage. I am so glad to see this recipe, I will be putting some together this weekend.
      1. sandy63's Avatar
        sandy63 -
        I am printing this recipe off almost as we speak. My hubby had a 5-bypass heart surgery in July and then had a heart attack the end of august. He is also diabetic. I am going to make this sausage with turkey or chichen. He really dislikes the turkey sausage I buy at the store. I think it is not seasoned enough. I lost my sense of taste, almost completely, a few years ago. If it is a really strong or spicy taste I can taste to an extent. I have lost 22 pounds and hope to lose 35 more. You just lose the desire to eat when the taste is not there. Neddless to say I have to have taste testers around to make me happy about cooking now. Texture has become very important to me now. You really notice texture of food when it is the only thing you got. Hey, everyone have a Great Turkey Day!
      1. mweigel's Avatar
        mweigel -
        Does this require msg or accent or is there something else that can be substituted? My husband does not tolerate either well. When we can and freeze we avoid them and use lemon juice instead.
      1. maddelena's Avatar
        maddelena -
        Quote Originally Posted by jelavin View Post
        I tried this recipe this morning and had great results! I used the Accent and not the msg. My husband stated the taste was right up his alley. Thank you for sharing.
        If you are avoiding msg, please do not use Accent, I looked it up and Accent and msg is the same thing. Sorry.
      1. EllaS's Avatar
        EllaS -
        Accent is not a substitute for msg. It IS msg. Ac'cent Flavor Enhancer - Food Seasoning & Flavoring - Accent Flavor
        (Check the ingredients on the right side of the page, just above the nutrition facts. Only one is listed, because that is all Accent contains.)
        I mention this for those who may be sensitive to msg and are not aware of what Accent actually is.
      1. werecat's Avatar
        werecat -
        if you don't have a grinder or the butcher is busy or cranky (I am lucky I have both a meat grinder and an awesome butcher) you can chunk up the pork into about 1" cubes and pulse it in your food processor till it's ground up as you like. just don't grind too much or you will have meat paste. Oh and don't buy pre ground pork. most of the time is horribly expensive and they add salt too it already which can really mess up your recipe. Also try blends of meats like add some ground chicken thighs or ground turkey. both you can sometimes get really cheap on sale and grind yourself and then have the bones for soup.
      1. olea123's Avatar
        olea123 -
        Hello, I am new to sausage making and stuffing all other recipes gave the pink cure, with this not having it must is be used right away?? Thanks for your posts.
      1. SmilingEyes0's Avatar
        SmilingEyes0 -
        Once again you have exactly what I want with reviews to back it up. THANK YOU!
      1. Countrygardener's Avatar
        Countrygardener -
        I'm definitely going to make up a batch of sausage, with this recipe, my hubby has to have his sausage and the price just keeps going up....We have never cared for the turkey sausage from the stores but I may just have to try a pound or so ground turkey with this recipe.. Thanks for posting...
      1. vannfe's Avatar
        vannfe -
        We LOVE Jimmie Dean sausages. I was raised on them and make large batches of breakfast burritos to deep freeze with them. In fact, I need to make some this week. I have the KA attachments and have yet to use them so this is perfect! Thank you so much for telling me what kind of meat to purchase. I didn't know. And because i live in a predominantly hispanic community, the pork shoulder or butts go on sale a lot this time of year for making tamales. They can be frequently found for under $1 a pound!!! And I have a bunch of boneless chicken leg meat that I got for well under $1/lb that is a pain to clean up to use (I thought it was just thigh meat, but it's leg meat and thigh so I have to cut around all the tendon junk), that will be great to combine with the pork to make a lighter sausage. Thank you SOOOO much!!!
      1. mommabear4's Avatar
        mommabear4 -
        Do you think I can mix deer meat with this? I have about 150 labs of deer meat to use.
        Erika
      1. SCMary's Avatar
        SCMary -
        In answer to your question YES deer meat can be added to pork. If you add it to chicken add pork fat. Deer meat is very lean and needs the fat. Also when you fry Deer Meat add butter or it smells. I hope this helps.


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