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apple + sage breakfast sausage

when it comes to the bacon vs sausage debate, most of my life i have been strongly on team bacon. my love for bacon runs real deep. but in the last few years i have grown a real appreciation for the breakfast sausage in all it’s glorious forms. and one of my favorites is a boldly seasoned, sweet and savory sausage that makes the perfect compliment to a good fried egg.

apple + sage breakfast sausage

serves: 12 small sausage patties

prep time: 15 minutes

cook time: 10 minutes

total time: 25 minutes

ingredients: 1 lb ground pork. 2 tbs grated apple (something sweet and crisp like honeycrisp, pink lady or gala). 2 tbs grated yellow onion. 1 garlic clove, minced. 1 tsp finely chopped fresh sage. .25 cup maple syrup. .5 tsp dried fennel seed. 1 tsp kosher salt. .5 tsp freshly ground pepper. 1 tbs vegetable oil. parchment paper.

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start by combining the salt, pepper and fennel seed. smash them up using whatever you have on hand to do the job (spice grinder, mortar & pestle, mallet). in a medium bowl, combine the pork, fennel mix, sage, garlic, apple and onion together. drizzle with the maple syrup and stir or mix with your hands till everything is evenly combine. try not to over compress or pack the mixture.

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using soup spoon or ice cream scoop, portion out 12 sausages and roll them into patties. lay them out on the parchment paper. pop them in the fridge for a few minutes to harden while you heat your oil over a medium high heat till it is nice and hot.

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cook the patties (careful not to over crowed the pan) for 4-5 minutes a side. until nicely browned.

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remove from the pan to a paper towel or drying rack and allow any excess oil to drain off.

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serve and enjoy.

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xo, a

apple + sage breakfast sausage

serves: 12 small sausage patties

prep time: 15 minutes

cook time: 10 minutes

total time: 25 minutes

ingredients: 1 lb ground pork. 2 tbs grated apple (something sweet and crisp like honeycrisp, pink lady or gala). 2 tbs grated yellow onion. 1 garlic clove, minced. 1 tsp finely chopped fresh sage. .25 cup maple syrup. .5 tsp dried fennel seed. 1 tsp kosher salt. .5 tsp freshly ground pepper. 1 tbs vegetable oil. parchment paper.

start by combining the salt, pepper and fennel seed. smash them up using whatever you have on hand to do the job (spice grinder, mortar & pestle, mallet). in a medium bowl, combine the pork, fennel mix, sage, garlic, apple and onion together. drizzle with the maple syrup and stir or mix with your hands till everything is evenly combine. try not to over compress or pack the mixture. using soup spoon or ice cream scoop, portion out 12 sausages and roll them into patties. lay them out on the parchment paper. pop them in the fridge for a few minutes to harden while you heat your oil over a medium high heat till it is nice and hot. cook the patties (careful not to over crowed the pan) for 4-5 minutes a side. until nicely browned. remove from the pan to a paper towel or drying rack and allow any excess oil to drain off. serve and enjoy.

taco tuesdayz: honey chipotle ribeye tacos + red onion & pineapple salsa

a little over a year ago, our old grill bit the dust. i was pretty devastated since i am a BIG fan of the grill. nothing adds flavor like cooking food over an open flame. for whatever reason, we hadn’t yet replaced it. other gadgets and kitchen toys always took budget priority.

but we majorly lucked out last week when a neighbor was moving and giving away a gently loved grill. we snatched up that offer so quick and i got right back to grilling.

ribeye is one of my favorite cuts of meat. they are usually beautifully marbled and pack a lot of flavor. when i rubbed a couple of them down with honey and chipotle and grilled up them up they were sweet and smokey heaven. and absolutely delicious in a taco.

honey chipotle ribeye tacos + red onion & pineapple salsa

serves: 4

prep time: 10 minutes

cook time: 20 minutes

total time: 30 minutes

ingredients: 1.5 lbs ribeye steaks, patted dry. 2 chipotle in adobo peppers. 2 tbs honey. 2 tbs olive oil. 2 garlic cloves smashed. handful of cilantro leaves. half a pineapple, skin removed and sliced into 1 inch long sticks. half a red onion, sliced into .5 inch thick rings. 1 lime, sliced into wedges. .25 cup crumbled cotija cheese. 1 tbs kosher salt. 1 tsp freshly ground pepper. 8 of your favorite tortillas.

tools: grill. food processor (if you don’t have one you can always just finely chop your ingredients and combine in a bowl. meat thermometer, optional.

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start by heating your grill to a high heat. in the bowl of your food processor, combine the honey, olive oil, chipotle pepper, a few cilantro sprigs, the garlic and half the salt and pepper together. blend until smooth. season both sides of your steak with half the remaining salt and pepper.

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slather most of the honey and chipotle marinade all over your steaks. reserve a little bit of the marinade to garnish your tacos.

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when your grill is nice and hot, add your steak to a hot part of the grill. allow the steak to get a nice sear on both sides, about 6 minutes a side. my steaks were about an inch thick and i like mine medium rare. if you want to ensure the proper doneness you like and you aren’t sure, i recommend using a meat thermometer. while your meat is cooking, season the pineapple and onion with the remaining salt and pepper and add them to the grill. cook them till they have nice grill marks on both sides. about 3-4 minutes per side.

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once they are done, remove them and chop them up to make your salsa. toss them in a bowl with the juice of half the limes and the remaining cilantro. once your meat has finished cooking, cover it lightly with aluminum foil and allow it to rest for 5-10 minutes.

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slice the beef into strips about .25 inch thick against the grain. while your grill is still hot, quickly warm your tortillas on the grill. 20-30 seconds a side should be good on a hot spot. top each tortilla with steak strips.

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top with pineapple salsa, cotija cheese and a small spoonful of the sweet and smokey marinade.

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squeeze with some of the remaining fresh lime, serve and enjoy.

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xo, a

honey chipotle ribeye tacos + red onion & pineapple salsa

serves: 4

prep time: 10 minutes

cook time: 20 minutes

total time: 30 minutes

ingredients: 1.5 lbs ribeye steaks, patted dry. 2 chipotle in adobo peppers. 2 tbs honey. 2 tbs olive oil. 2 garlic cloves smashed. handful of cilantro leaves. half a pineapple, skin removed and sliced into 1 inch long sticks. half a red onion, sliced into .5 inch thick rings. 1 lime, sliced into wedges. .25 cup crumbled cotija cheese. 1 tbs kosher salt. 1 tsp freshly ground pepper. 8 of your favorite tortillas.

tools: grill. food processor (if you don’t have one you can always just finely chop your ingredients and combine in a bowl. meat thermometer, optional.

start by heating your grill to a high heat. in the bowl of your food processor, combine the honey, olive oil, chipotle pepper, a few cilantro sprigs, the garlic and half the salt and pepper together. blend until smooth. season both sides of your steak with half the remaining salt and pepper. slather most of the honey and chipotle marinade all over your steaks. reserve a little bit of the marinade to garnish your tacos. when your grill is nice and hot, add your steak to a hot part of the grill. allow the steak to get a nice sear on both sides, about 6 minutes a side. my steaks were about an inch thick and i like mine medium rare. if you want to ensure the proper doneness you like and you aren’t sure, i recommend using a meat thermometer. while your meat is cooking, season the pineapple and onion with the remaining salt and pepper and add them to the grill. cook them till they have nice grill marks on both sides. about 3-4 minutes per side. once they are done, remove them and chop them up to make your salsa. toss them in a bowl with the juice of half the limes and the remaining cilantro. once your meat has finished cooking, cover it lightly with aluminum foil and allow it to rest for 5-10 minutes. slice the beef into strips about .25 inch thick against the grain. while your grill is still hot, quickly warm your tortillas on the grill. 20-30 seconds a side should be good on a hot spot. top each tortilla with steak strips. top with pineapple salsa, cotija cheese and a small spoonful of the sweet and smokey marinade. squeeze with some of the remaining fresh lime, serve and enjoy.