If you love the smell of pumpkin spice in the morning, we’ve got a new way to infuse your breakfast with the spicy flavor of fall. This sweet and savory breakfast sandwich incorporates pumpkin pie spice into the sausage. We topped ours off with a sweet drizzle of maple syrup to enhance the seasonal flavors. Optional: pair with a pumpkin spice latte.
What is pumpkin pie spice?
Pumpkin pie spice is a blend of the spices commonly found in pumpkin pie. This blend was introduced by Mccormick, and it’s been available for decades, long before the advent of the pumpkin spice latte. The recipe varies slightly, but most pumpkin pie spice includes some combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, and cloves.
Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Sausage Patties
Serves 4, makes about 12 patties
- 1 lb ground pork
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- ¾ tsp dried rubbed sage
- ¼ to ½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
Mix the sausage:
In a large bowl, combine the ground pork, pumpkin pie spice, maple syrup, sage and as much of the crushed red pepper flakes as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be. Season with salt and pepper. Using your hands, gently mix until just combined.**
Form & cook the sausage:
Using your hands, form the sausage mixture into ¼- to ½-inch thick patties, about 2 inches in diameter. Transfer to a plate. In a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the patties and cook 2 to 4 minutes per side, or until browned and cooked through. Transfer to a serving dish. Enjoy!
How to tell if sausage has enough seasoning
Chef’s tip: cook a tester! This is the best way to taste test sausage (or meatballs) as you’re making them. In a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Pinch off a small piece of the sausage mixture (about a teaspoon or two) and flatten into a patty. Add to the pan. Cook 1 to 2 minutes per side, or until browned and cooked through. Transfer to a plate and let cool slightly. Taste, then adjust the seasonings as desired.
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