Spinach and Provolone Sausage Patties plus a GIVEAWAY!

by jerseygirl on December 29, 2011 · 89 comments

GIVEAWAY CLOSED…..CONGRATS TO WINNER RECIPEGIRL!
Have you ever made homemade sausage? It’s much easier than you think. It’s also a great way to enjoy a leaner sausage with less sodium and experiment with different flavor combinations.

Recently the National Pork Board conducted a survey to find out about food trends in America this holiday season. One popular trend is the DIY movement. Many home cooks are feeling empowered to  make things themselves. Americans want to try new flavors, recipes and techniques.  People want to give home cooking another try.

Pork is always included on our New Year’s table. This year, sausage patties will be one of our brunch items. While I WOW my guests with homemade sausage, I will be smiling to myself and thinking about how easy it was to make.

There is no special equipment needed to make this recipe. I shape the sausage into patties rather than links so I don’t even have to worry about purchasing sausage casing. The sausage patties are great for entertaining during the winter holidays but they can also be grilled during the warmer months for an outdoor barbecue. These are perfect served next to sauteed onions and peppers but I like mine on a roll next to a fried egg.

Pork is a symbol of good luck so make it part of your New Year’s Day celebration. For more pork recipe inspiration and to see the other five holiday trends, click HERE.  Cookbook author and food and wine expert, Jill Silverman Hough developed some wonderful recipes to match these current food trends. You can also find out the perfect wine pairing to go with your pork dishes in the 2011 Pork’s Perfect Pairings Guide .

Now for the great GIVEAWAY news! The National Pork Boardis giving away a holiday prize pack ($100 value) to one of my readers. It includes:

  • $25 worth of pork coupons
  •  2 cookbooks by Jill Silverman Hough (100 Perfect Pairings: Main Dishes to Enjoy with Wines You Love and 100 Perfect Pairings: Small Plates to Enjoy with Wines You Love)
  • Instant read digital thermometer
  • Biscuit cutters
  • Butter dish

To enter, please leave me a comment telling me your favorite pork dish. Feel free to include a pork recipe link from your blog.

For additional entries: Follow me on Twitter and/or Facebook and leave a comment saying you do so.

Everyone has three total chances to win. All comments must be left by January 1st at 11:59 EST.  If you do not have a link to a blog, please leave your email address. I will randomly pick a winner through random.org and announce the winner on January 2nd. This contest is only open to people with US mailing addresses.

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE! And now for the recipe.

Homemade Spinach and Provolone Sausage Patties

1 lb ground pork
1/2 cup loose frozen spinach, defrosted
1/2 cup shredded sharp Provolone cheese
1/2 tsp ground sage
2 tsp dried Italian seasoning
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dried fennel
a pinch of cayenne pepper
2 TBS canola oil

Mix all ingredients except the canola oil together in a large bowl. Divide the mixture into 10 even portions and form into patties.  Heat the oil on medium in a large frying pan. Add the sausage patties and cook them for 4 to 5 minutes on each side. They should be nice and brown. Drain any extra grease on paper towels before serving. Makes 10 small patties.

*Disclosure : This post and giveaway was sponsored by the National Pork Board. All opinions in this post and blog are 100% mine.
 

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Carole December 29, 2011 at 9:18 pm

My favorire pork dish is stuffed shels with ground pork, spinach, ricotta and diced tomatoes

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Tracy R December 29, 2011 at 9:29 pm

When I was a little girl my grandmother would make me fried pork chops, mashed potatoes and string beans everytime I visited. Still this is my favorite meal and brings me right back to being a little girl.

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Angela December 29, 2011 at 9:35 pm

Oh, man those look good! I don't eat much pork, but I am a sucker for sausage.

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Cheryl R December 29, 2011 at 9:38 pm

My current favorite is Lucinda Scala Quinn's Pork and Ginger Wonton Stir-Fry.

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Lisa @ Snappy Gourmet December 29, 2011 at 9:47 pm

Oh Lisa, those sausage patties look wonderful! I love pork!! I have lots of favorite pork dishes but I do enjoy my root beer bbq pulled pork! So easy in a slow cooker!

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Cathy Wiechert December 29, 2011 at 9:50 pm

These look fantastic–I love the addition of spinach and cheese! On New Year's Day our family tradition is to make a meat pie with a mixture of ground beef and ground pork (for good luck).http://www.thedutchbakersdaughter.com/2011/01/meat-pie.html

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Erik Eats December 29, 2011 at 9:57 pm

My favorite pork dish is stuffed cabbage and boy do I have a killer stuffed cabbage recipe! My mouth is watering just thinking about it. Who doesn't love pork? It can be lean or fatty and so versatile.

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amy beth marantino December 29, 2011 at 9:57 pm

my mom makes pork chops with apples and a mustard sauce, served over buttered noodles. very yummy

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Curt December 29, 2011 at 10:15 pm

This sounds very good. I love sausage that's not greasy.

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Anonymous December 29, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Looks like an easy way to make great sausage. Love it.

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Angela December 29, 2011 at 11:04 pm

My fav pork dish is pork potstickers.

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Judy December 30, 2011 at 12:06 am

Lisa,
Your pork sausages with the eggs look awesome! My favorite pork recipe is tried and true fried pork chops. Happy Holidays
Judy

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Diane {Created by Diane} December 30, 2011 at 12:24 am

oh I have a weakness for sausage,and this looks great! My favorite pork dish is a grilled sausage sandwich with peppers and onions and marinara sauce!

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Susan D. December 30, 2011 at 12:44 am

This sounds delicious! One of our favorite pork recipes is a roast with raspberry sauce, yum!

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Baking Ribbons December 30, 2011 at 1:13 am

My husband make the best grilled pork..usually bone-in country style ribs. I would love home made sausages because then they would not be too salty or spicy!!
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We loved stuffed shells and instead of using hamburger we use sausage!

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amanda December 30, 2011 at 2:27 am

my favorite pork dish is pork tenderloin with olive oil drizzled over it and seasoned with salt, pepper, and hollands seasoning. grill it!
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Jane Bonacci - The Heritage Cook December 30, 2011 at 4:52 am

My favorite pork dish is Pulled Pork. I could eat it every day!

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That Girl December 30, 2011 at 8:01 am

I love homemade sausage. It makes me wish I had my mom's meat grinder to make things easier.

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JoAnn December 30, 2011 at 11:05 am

I love a cuban!

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Barbara Bakes December 30, 2011 at 11:14 am

Funny I've never thought about making sausage before. I guess I didn't realize how easy it was. Lately we've been eating lots of pork tenderloin.

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RecipeGirl December 30, 2011 at 11:48 am

Hmmm, my favorite pork dish? I'd have to say pulled pork using pork tenderloin. I've never made sausage though- tempted to try it. Happy New Year!

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suerocks December 30, 2011 at 12:17 pm

Tough call between pulled pork in the slow cooker or pork tenderloin. I'll go with pork tenderloin as my fave way to do pork…yummy!

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kcthelush December 30, 2011 at 12:32 pm

I like Spanish-style pork. Simple & flavorful, Adobo seasoning & olive oil pan-fried served with yellow rice.

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My fav pork dish is breaded pork chops with baked apples, tracietrump@yahoo.com

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Allie December 30, 2011 at 1:32 pm

I love a good pork tenderloin and also pot stickers!

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Deb K December 30, 2011 at 6:07 pm

My favorite Pork Dish is Breaded Pork Chops!! My Mom used to make them for us and I still think of her when I make them now.They are so good.

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Susan B. December 30, 2011 at 6:13 pm

My favorite pork dish??? Has to be the "fake" weiner schnitzel I make my husband, using pork instead of veal. Served with homemade grated potato pancakes and red cabbage…….mmmmmmmmmmmm, almost like being in germany!!!

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Junk Loving Girl December 30, 2011 at 6:31 pm

My favorite pork recipe has to be slow cooked pork tenderloin in an onion and red wine sauce. Yum!

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I love pork in just about any way, shape or form. My two favorites have to be a fresh ham and a BLT sandwich with lots of bacon, Jersey summer tomatoes and lots of mayo! YUM!!

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we love grilled porkchops on the grill! The thinner, the better!
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I liked stewed pork chops. The sauce is just wonderful.
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Carlene's World December 31, 2011 at 2:10 pm

I love pork and eat it often. I love to do a Cuban style pork roast, sometimes baby backs in Asian spices & peanut butter on the grill, sometimes a Boston Butt in the oven to make Carolina style pulled pork and sometimes…just a simple pork chop dusted with flour and sauteed.

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Natalie December 31, 2011 at 6:12 pm

i have balsamic pulled pork in the crockpot as we speak :)

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My favorite pork dish is a pork chop casserole that my grandma made. It is pork shops, cabbage, potatoes, and cream of asparagus soup.

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Martha December 31, 2011 at 9:37 pm

I don't know that there's a pork dish I don't like, but I have a Boston Butt rubbed and resting in the fridge waiting to be put on the smoker at 6 a.m. New Year's morn. I don't know of anything better than Eastern North Carolina style pulled pork!

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I love roast pork with potatoes and carrots

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Kevin January 1, 2012 at 2:23 pm

These sausage patties sound tasty!

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Anonymous January 1, 2012 at 6:43 pm

My favorite is a six hour pork roast recipe from Gourmet magazine 1999. You use a big pork butt, put on the rub the night before and then roast it slowly in a 275 degree oven. The whole house fills with a delicious aroma. It's a great sunday afternoon dish! The meat is oh so tender and the crust is to die for! mliotta56@comcast.net

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Schmidty January 2, 2012 at 3:17 am

My favorite pork dish is pulled pork, cooked slow all day in a slow cooker. I like to serve it with bar-b-w sauce on toasted english muffin bread.

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Our favorite pork dish is pork chops cooked on the grill, plain and simple, but very tasty!
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Karen Harris January 3, 2012 at 9:53 am

Great looking sausage recipe Lisa. We love pork. Hard choice but I think my favorite pork dish would be schnitzel with lemon. Super simple but just the best. I do delicious recipe on my blog that is great for special occasions, Mustard and Herb Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Pork Loin. http://www.savourytable.com/2011/12/something-wonderful-this-way-comes-herb.html

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Ramona January 5, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Hey, we have made sausage before. Luv doing it.

Been out since the 21st. Am catching up with everyone now.

Hope ya’ll had great holidays.

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jennifurla January 5, 2012 at 3:44 pm

wow, those look utterly delish

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The Food Hunter January 5, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Love these patties!! and your new site!!

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amy marantino January 6, 2012 at 12:01 am

pork chops sauteed with green apples and a mustard sauce, served over buttered egg noodles.

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Cathy Pieroz January 26, 2012 at 9:24 pm

Wow these look fantastic and super tasty! I can’t wait to give them a try instead of the average, store bought patties. I bet they are going to make fantastic burgers :) – Cathy Pieroz at Ray White Alexandra Hills

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