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Tom Thumb Sausage, printable recipe, as seen on Taste of Southern.

Tom Thumb Sausage Recipe

  • Author: Steve Gordon
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
  • Category: Main Dish, Pork
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


Follow our step-by-step, photo illustrated recipe to prepare this old time Southern favorite sausage. Tom Thumb, sometimes called a Dan Doodle, is an almost forgotten treasure. We’ll serve it up with Cabbage and Purple Hull Peas for a true taste of the past.



  • 1 Tom Thumb Sausage
  • 1 cup Celery, diced
  • 1 cup Carrots, diced
  • 1 small Onion, diced
  • 2 teaspoons Bacon Grease, or Butter – separated
  • 1 small Cabbage, sliced
  • 2 cups Peas, Purple Hull, Black Eye, or Crowder.


  1. Rinse the Tom Thumb under cold running water. Pat dry. Set aside.
  2. Dice the celery
  3. Dice the carrots
  4. Dice the onion
  5. Place one teaspoon bacon grease in a 6 quart Dutch Oven, over Medium heat on your stovetop.
  6. Add the diced celery, onions, and carrots to the sauce pot.
  7. Stir and cook until the onions are slightly translucent.
  8. Add the Tom Thumb.
  9. Add enough warm water to just cover the sausage.
  10. Bring to a slight boil on medium heat.
  11. Cover the pot, let cook for 45 minutes.
  12. Remove the sausage, set aside, let cool for about 15 minutes.
  13. Strain the broth to remove the vegetables. Return broth to the pot.
  14. Add the cabbage.
  15. Add the peas.
  16. Cook until the cabbage and peas are tender, about 15 to 20 minutes.

When ready to serveā€¦

  1. Slice the sausage into pieces about 3/4inch thick.
  2. Place one teaspoon bacon grease in a cast iron skillet over medium heat.
  3. Add slices of sausage, but do not crowd the skillet.
  4. Brown the sausage, flip and brown the other side. Repeat until all sausage has been browned.
  5. Serve the sausage over a layer of cabbage and peas.
  6. Enjoy

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