A friend fo mine has been on the AIP diet for several years. It has been a life saver for her, but is quite restrictive. It includes no nuts or seeds (including seed-based spices), no nightshades, no eggs, no dairy, no grains, no legumes…..anything else? I may be forgetting things. But the point is, while it’s a difficult diet to stick to, for people really struggling with autoimmune diseases it can be a game changing healer.
There are tons of recipes out there for AIP recipes, and no shade, but a lot of them seem mushy and bland. Healing and nutrient-dense for sure, but also….mushy. So I enjoy creating AIP-compliant recipes that are flavorful and delicious for everyone (like this granola, or this dip, both are so yummy)!
I created this recipe ages ago, but never posted it. Then, when my husband recently cut nightshades, I remembered this recipe. Since people on the AIP diet can’t have fennel (it’s a seed), I decided to try using the fennel fronds to impart that classic sausage flavor. It worked like a charm! I also added plenty of salt and black pepper to try to replicate the store-bought flavor. That said, if you can’t have black pepper, it’s still good without it.
This recipe makes 6 sausage patties, so it’s perfect to add to your weekly meal prep and eat all week long. And, if you aren’t eating nightshade-free or AIP, you’ll still like this recipe! It’s a great way to use the fennel fronds leftover after using the bulb. Less waste is good for everyone.
AIP Classic Breakfast Sausage
1 lb. ground pork
1/2c fennel fronds
1t garlic powder
1/2t black pepper (optional)
1/2t dried sage
1/4t ground thyme
In a medium bow, mix together all sausage ingredients except for lard.
Divide the meat into 6 equal patties.
Heat a large pan over medium-high heat and add about a tablespoon of lard to the pan.
Cooking in batches, add 3 patties to the pan, and cook them for 8-9 minutes total, flipping half-way through.
Remove the patties to a plate lined with paper towels.
Repeat with the remaining patties.
If you decide to take your breakfast up a notch, take a picture for Instagram, and tag me with #ideatthatfoodtoo. Or Pin the picture below to save this recipe for later!