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.
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
½ cup loose frozen spinach, defrosted
½ cup shredded sharp Provolone cheese
½ tsp ground sage
2 tsp dried Italian seasoning
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
½ 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.