Sage Smash Sausages

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.

PREP

5 min

COOK

10 min

Sage Smash Sausage - Perfect Breakfast Protein

INGREDIENTS

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

Notes
*Can substitute 2 tablespoons maple syrup for dates if not doing Whole30
DIRECTIONS
  • 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.

 

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