Homemade Irish Sausages are simple and easy to prepare — even if you don’t have a meat grinder. They don’t even need the fussiness of casings which is why I really enjoy them. It’s just a quick mix of the spices and then off to fry in the pan. This recipe is a copy cat version of Trader Joe’s Irish Sausages which are only available in my area right around St. Patrick’s Day.
So, if I can buy them at Trader Joe’s why would I want to bother with making my own sausages? That’s a valid question but let me explain my simple reasoning.
- Why pay double the price when making homemade sausage is easy!
- Season the sausage exactly to your family’s tastes.
- Fresh sausages don’t have MSG, Nitrates, artificial ingredients or any other fillers. (woo-hoo!)
- Enjoy Homemade Irish sausages, anytime you like — and not just at St. Patrick’s Day! (SCORE!)
Still, a lot of people are intimidated by the thought of making homemade sausages and rightfully so. But if you buy pre-ground pork, all you have to do is mix in a few spices and you’re ready to go! We stuffed ours into a casing because we already have them on hand from making some Homemade Linguica but free form links or patties are the way to go for ease of preparation. Making Homemade Irish Sausages an easy and affordable weeknight meal.
So if you’ve never made homemade sausages before, here’s your chance with this very easy recipe for Homemade Irish Sausages to give it a try! Homemade sausage is worth the extra effort. Paired with creamy and buttery champ and vegetables, these sausages make a wonderful meal.
- 1 pound ground pork
- 1 cup fresh bread crumbs
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- Mix everything together in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Fry a tiny bit of the mixture in a pan with a little olive to check the seasonings. Re-season the rest of the mixture, if needed.
- Divide the mixture into twelve equal portions and shape each one into a sausage link or patty.
- Cook sausages in a skillet until cooked through and the juices run clear or a thermometer inserted in the center reads 160 degrees F.
The flavor profile of traditional Irish Sausages is pretty simple and mild. I feel like if you start adding a lot of other flavorings then it's not really a traditional Irish Sausage anymore but if you'd like to bump up the flavor profile, you can always add crushed red pepper flakes, fennel seeds, or smoked paprika to add some variety.