Breakfast sausage-Thit Heo Xay Chien Kieu My

Vietnamese food

Adapted from Breakfast Sausage of Alton Brown.

1 1/4 lb pork shoulder, butt or countryside cut with apparent fat streak, avoid using lean pork
1 tsp kosher salt or 1/2 tsp table salt
1/2 Tbs light brown sugar or maple syrup or honey
3/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp fresh sage leaves, finely chopped
1 tsp fresh thyme leaves, finely chopped
1/4 tsp fresh rosemary leaves, finely chopped
1/4 tsp each cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, grated nutmeg
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/2 small yellow onion, coarsely chopped
1 Tbs vegetable oil (optional)
Meat grinder or food processor, or your muscular chopping skill.

  1. If use meat grinder (with fine blade),dice pork and pork fat into 1/4-in pieces.  If use food processor, slice pork thinly as you can.  Mix all ingredients together and chill for 1 hour,  or overnight in the fridge.  Grind the pork and form into 1 or 2-in rounds or divide into 12 rounds to make sandwiches, o Refrigerate and use in 1 week or freeze up to 3 months.
  2. Saute patties over medium heat in a non-stick pan until brown about 10-15 minutes.  If the patties are brown too quick, lower the heat and may cover with lid to speeding up cooking  at first 5 minutes and uncover and continue to cook until the patties brown and cook through no pink in center.  
  3. Serve with egg, bread, potatoes, cheese, biscuit, English muffin, etc. 
  4. May crumble the patties, cook and serve with gravy, biscuits, 

   Fresh herbs keeps good flavor in the freezer for a long time, just keep left over in their own container and put into a freezer bag or container and put them in the freezer.  They become handy for holiday cooking coming up.
   May saute onion and garlic with vegetable oil to fragrant over medium high heat and let it cool down, before mix to the other ingredients.
   You can make 12 sandwich with 12 English muffins with sliced cheese and 12 fried eggs, wrap with plastic wraps and put them in freeze plastic bags or containers, freeze them and reheat by microwave for speedy breakfast. Micro wave about 10-20 minutes, just soft enough to open them in halves and continue 5-10 minutes more. Make sure all warm and soft.


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