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Middle Eastern Breakfast Sausage (Basturma)

Homemade Iraqi Basturma recipe (breakfast sausage)
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time4 mins
Total Time14 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Assyrian, Middle Eastern
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 168kcal


  • 1 ½ lb. ground lamb or ground beef
  • 4 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • ½ tsp. Middle Eastern 7 Spice
  • ½ tsp. paprika powder
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • ¼ tsp. cardamom powder
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon
  • tsp. ground cloves
  • 1 ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne


  • Place meat in a medium-sized bowl.
  • Add garlic and spices to the meat. Use your hands to distribute the spices throughout the meat.
  • Fry a small portion of the meat and adjust the spices if necessary.
  • Feed the meat through the casings, if available. If not, wrap the meat in saran wrap, and freeze partially to make slicing easier.
  • Place the slices on a tray and freeze them before storing them in a ziplock bag.
  • To cook, simply defrost a few slices, and fry in an oiled pan, along with some eggs.


Calories: 168kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 485mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g