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Jimmy Dean Breakfast Sausage Recipe
Jimmy Dean Breakfast Sausage
By Todd Wilbur

Recipe Type: Breakfast
Calories: 170
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Recipe Rating: 5.0 (11 reviews)

Before he became Americas sausage king, Jimmy Dean was known for crooning the country hit "Big Bad John." That song came out in 1962 and sold more than 8 million copies. His singing success launched a television career on ABC with The Jimmy Dean Show, where Roy Clark, Patsy Cline, and Roger Miller got their big breaks. The TV exposure led to acting roles for Jimmy, as a regular on Daniel Boone and in feature films, including his debut in the James Bond flick Diamonds are Forever. Realizing that steady income from an acting and singing career can be undependable, Jimmy invested his show-biz money in a hog farm. In 1968 the Jimmy Dean Meat Company developed a special recipe to transform those little piggies into the sausage that has now become a household name. Today the company is part of the Sara Lee Corporation, and Jimmy retired as company spokeman in 2004. Jimmy Dean passed away at his home on June 13th, 2010. He was 81.
This clone recipe re-creates three varieties of the famous roll sausage that you form into patties and cook in a skillet. Use ground pork found at the supermarket make it lean pork if you like, or grind some up yourself if you have a meat grinder laying around for some good old-fashioned fun.

Source: "Top Secret Recipes Unlocked" by Todd Wilbur.

16 ounces ground pork
Jimmy Dean
Katie Hess  
Submitted on: 01/22/14
Best breakfast sausage recipe ever!
similar to the old recipe
Submitted on: 12/07/13
the current version of jimmy dean is more bland than ever. They have slowly killed a great recipe. I have stopped purchasing jimmy dean . I am hopeful that others will start to leave the current weak recipe on the store shelves. thanks for the great substitute, I will make it regularly
Submitted on: 03/26/13
I just made this last night, it was delicious..
Submitted on: 03/11/13
I made this over the weekend with turkey and it was very, very good. Will definitely make it often.
Submitted on: 07/14/10
Simple to make with excellent results. Luv this recipe. Thanx allot!!
Submitted on: 06/19/10
I had to rate this recipe. Since I am presently living overseas, it is hard to get GOOD pork sausage. I have to say, it is the BEST I've ever eaten!! In fact, I think it's BETTER than the Jimmy Dean you buy in the super market. I will guard this like gold! Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!
Submitted on: 12/29/09
Great recipe, I have made it several times. I always refrigerate it overnight and it is always a BIG hit. Thank you Todd
S Drew  
Submitted on: 12/06/09
I made it this morning with ground turkey. VERY Good!
Submitted on: 10/01/07
Made the regular recipe and made mine Kosher. I left out the MSG. It was absolutely wonderful! I used ground lamb. Had to add some oil to the pan in order to brown better, but the end result was just perfect, exactly the way I remember it growing up in Texas. It looks like a pitiful small amount of spices to go into a big pound of meat, but it was plenty. I let the mixture sit in the frig overnight. My husband does not usually eat a big breakfast, but I made this for a Sunday brunch and he loved it. He ate 5 patties which is saying something because he's been a vegetarian for most of his life. He has never eaten sausage of any kind, ever! I took a pattie to my workmate the next day (sandwiched in one of my homemade biscuts) and she loved it too. Thank you Mr. Wilbur.
Submitted on: 05/18/06
I used ground turkey to make the sausage and it was GREAT. It tastes even better if you refrigerate it overnight to give the flavors time to blend together.
Submitted on: 03/19/06
Excellent Sausage Recipe.