It’s TIME to swap your boring egg breakfast for these Sage Smash Sausages. They are perfect for a hearty crisp fall morning breakfast, meal prep like a dream and you can bulk them up with whatever sounds good in the moment.
These are a great option for meal prepped breakfast protein because they will last 4 days in the fridge, or you can freeze the patties (raw) and cook directly from frozen. Whole30 and family friendly but also completely indulgent if you have a hankering for some gravy and a biscuit to add to the brunch spread.
SAGE SMASH SAUSAGE - PERFECT BREAKFAST PROTEIN
- 2 lbs Country Natural Beef Butcher's Blend Ground Beef
- 3 tbsp fresh sage, roughly chopped
- 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
- 1 tbsp fennel seeds
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- 4 dates, pitted and soaked in ¼ cup boiling water and blended smooth*
- 1 tsp crushed red pepper (optional if you like a little heat)
- 3 tbsp avocado oil, or more as needed
- Kosher salt and pepper to taste
*Can substitute 2 tablespoons maple syrup for dates if not doing Whole30
- In a large bowl mix together the Country Natural Beef Butcher's Blend, sage, thyme, fennel seeds, nutmeg, cooled date puree, and crushed red pepper. Mix with your hands until just combined, be careful not to over mix.
- Preheat a cast iron or heavy bottomed skillet to medium heat. Add in some oil and move the pan around to evenly distribute it. Using a small spoon, scoop out 4 meat balls approximately 3 tbsp worth and add to the hot skillet.
- Using a jar, lid. bowl or other flat-bottomed object, quickly ‘smash' and evenly distribute the meat into the skillet creating more surface area to cook and caramelize. This will make approximately 20 small smash sausage patties
- Cook briefly, approximately 1-1.5 minutes on the first side, and another minute on the second side.
Use a thin metal spatula to flip successfully.
Set the finished sausages aside and continue to add add oil as needed before adding the next round of sausage.
These will keep for 4 days in a sealed container in the fridge.
The Whole30 serving suggestions below encourage you to pick a couple of additions from each category to keep the overall meal feeling different day-to-day, even though the meal prep is very similar. There are endless possibilities and combinations to change up the texture and flavor using what you have on hand.
Pro Tip Ideas
- Carbohydrate ideas: roasted potatoes, pan fried sweet plantains, roasted broccoli, roasted cauliflower, greens and raw vegetables.
- Plated fat ideas: Pesto, avocado, roasted cashews, simple balsamic and oil dressing, olives.
This colorFULL recipe was made in partnership with Cook by Color