Spicy-Sweet Breakfast Sausage

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makes 8 patties

A bite of this sausage starts out sweet and smoky from the brushed-on maple syrup, char, and cumin, but heats up in the back of your throat after a moment.

Ingredients:

1 pound pork sausage

1/2 teaspoon sage

1/2 teaspoon marjoram

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 teaspoon cayenne (more if you like it extra spicy)

1 teaspoon pure maple syrup, plus more for brushing

pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)

Directions:

1. Mix the meat, spices, and 1 teaspoon of maple syrup in a medium-sized bowl. Shape into 8 patties.

2. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Cook the patties for about 4-6 minutes per side, depending on thickness.

3. Brush with maple syrup, if desired.

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