I like this sausage the way it is, but if can add 1/2 teaspoon maple flavoring or 2 tablespoons maple syrup if you like maple flavored ice cream. Easy to freeze. Make the patties on place them on a cookie sheet (placing a sheet of parchment paper between layers). Once frozen, place sausage patties into ziplock bag and seal. Cook frozen over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes per side.
*2 pounds ground pork
*2-3 slices uncooked bacon, chopped very small (I use kitchen scissors to cut it cup)
*1 tablespoon fresh sage leaves, chopped fine (or 1/2 tablespoon dried)
*2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves, chopped (or 1/2 teaspoon dried)
*1 teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed (I put them in a plastic bag and gently smashed them with a meat mallet).
*1/4-1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
*1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
*1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
*1 teaspoon ground black pepper
*1-2 tablespoon vegetable oil, for frying (optional)
~Place ground pork and bacon pieces into a large bowl.
~Mix sage, thyme, fennel seeds, red pepper flakes, nutmeg, sal and pepper into a small bowl.
~Sprinkle over meat mixture and mixed well.
~Using a 1/4 measuring cup, scoop out pork mixture.
~Roll into a ball, and then flatten into about a 2 1/2 inch patties.
~Heat vegetable oil into a large skillet over medium heat.
~Fry sausage patties about 2-3 minutes per side.