If you follow my Instagram, you know that my main go-to for breakfast is either packaged sausage or bacon. You’ll also know that this month, I’m embarking on another round of Whole30 but this time, I’m doing it as cheap as possible. One of the major ways to save money during a Whole30 is by making your food yourself and not relying on packaged items. I knew one way I could do that was by preparing my own breakfasts. Enter: pear and rosemary breakfast sausages.
Making my own breakfast usually includes cutting up an Aidell’s chicken and apple sausage (found at Target!) and sautéing it in ghee. A package of these sausages typically runs me $5.99 a package, unless I get them on sale. In which case, I buy more than one package at a time. However, for the purpose of this budget experiment, I knew I could cut my costs on breakfasts.
With summer right around the corner, I have all kinds of summer food on the brain. At first I was going to chop up an apple and throw it in with the pork. Then I remembered the pear sitting in my fridge and that pork and apple isn’t all that much different than my chicken and apple… So I changed it up.
I’m glad I did too! These breakfast sausages are so flavorful. Next time I’m definitely going to double the recipe and have some for the whole week. This batch got me through 4 days. And I even gave my dog one. Yeah, I know, she’s a spoiled pup.
I also put some red pepper flakes into half of the mixture for these breakfast sausages just to give some of them a little kick. I didn’t include that on the recipe here, but feel free to go for it! You could also finely chop fresh rosemary if you have that handy or have some you need to use up. This is a great recipe to get rid of those fresh herbs that are going to go bad soon!
- 1 pound ground pork
- 2 tablespoons olive oil or avocado oil
- 1 cup pear, skinned and diced
- 2 teaspoons dried rosemary
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
- In a large bowl, mix the ground pork with the pear and spices
- With your hands, shape pork into sausage patties, about 3" in diameter
- Heat oil in a large skillet
- Place patties into the skillet, ensuring not to over crowd them, you'll need to do this in two batches
- Cook for 4 minutes on each side, or until no longer pink
- Remove from pan and do the same with the last half of the patties
Store in the refrigerator. Reheat in the microwave for 1 and 1/2 minutes, depending on microwave.
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