For a twist on the traditional breakfast sausage, we turned to the wonderful and unique flavors of loukaniko, a classic Greek sausage flavored with orange, leek and fragrant spices like coriander.

EatingWell Magazine, December 2021


Credit: Victor Protasio

Recipe Summary

30 mins
45 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add leek and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and just beginning to brown, about 2 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in orange zest and remove from heat. Transfer to a small bowl and let cool to room temperature, about 5 minutes.

  • Combine pork, wine, vinegar, salt, coriander, white pepper, fennel and crushed red pepper in a large bowl. Add the leek mixture and mix until everything is just combined, taking care not to overmix. Divide into 8 portions and roll each into a ball. Press lightly on them to form 1/2-inch-thick patties.

  • Heat the remaining 2 teaspoons oil in the pan over medium-high heat. Cook patties in two batches until browned on both sides and the internal temperature registers 165°F, 2 to 3 minutes per side.

To make ahead

Refrigerate uncooked patties for up to 2 days. Or freeze in a single layer until solid, about 1 hour. Transfer to a sealable bag and freeze for up to 1 month. Thaw in the refrigerator before cooking.

Nutrition Facts

1 patty
184 calories; fat 14g; cholesterol 41mg; sodium 254mg; carbohydrates 3g; protein 10g; sugars 1g; niacin equivalents 3mg; saturated fat 5g; vitamin a iu 313IU; potassium 202mg.