On paper, aromatic fennel seeds and sweet maple syrup don't seem like they'd go together, but breakfast sausage just wouldn't be the same without these key ingredients. Make your own with nothing but good-quality pork, lots of spices, and, for frying, good-for-you coconut oil.
Paleo Breakfast Sausage
Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Stir together garlic, sage, fennel seeds, cayenne, paprika, lemon zest, maple syrup, salt, and ground pepper in a large bowl. Add ground pork and combine well, taking care not to overmix. Form into small round patties or cylindrical sausage links, roughly a finger’s length, with your hands.
Heat a tablespoon of coconut oil in skillet over medium-high heat. When skillet is hot, working in batches, brown sausages, then turn down heat to medium-low to cook through, roughly 4 minutes each side. Serve hot.