Good Monday afternoon to you!

Today is the inaugural post of a new addition to BeefonaBudget.com. Welcome to Beef Breakfast Mondays. Beef is a great protein choice for any meal, but it is certainly the most delicious way to start a morning! We decided to start this segment of the site because we realize the value of eating beef in the morning.  We also realize the flexibility putting beef on the breakfast table can create in your kitchen and in your budget.  The recipe that we decided to share with you this morning is an excellent example of stretching what you have in the pantry to create a healthy meal that your family will start to request.

I grew up eating beef for breakfast because my family does not eat pork for religious reasons; so eating beef for breakfast nearly every morning has never seemed strange to me.  It was not until I came to college that I truly realized how difficult it is to find great beef breakfast products at the grocery store.  I also realized for the first time how many people had never experienced beef as a breakfast protein. 

Today, we will be teaching you how to make beef breakfast sausage at home, using common everyday ingredients you likely have in the pantry currently.  Most people have never eaten beef breakfast sausage, but it is fantastic! Anna-Lisa grew up making a year’s worth of sausage every Christmas. Sausage is not hard to make. It is essentially ground beef and seasonings.  It can be stuffed into synthetic or natural casing to make breakfast links, or can be put up in bulk (which we not only use for breakfast but also include in sauces and other lunch and supper menus).  No matter your preference, there is a breakfast sausage for you! 

Mr. Giannini’s Beef Breakfast Sausage

2 lbs. Ground Beef (80/20) **not lean or extra lean
½ tsp. Ground Pepper
½ tsp. Ground Nutmeg
½ tsp. Ground Ginger
½ tsp. Ground Thyme
½ tsp. rubbed Sage
1 T. Salt
1 ½ tsp. Sugar

Use a large mixing bowl, stainless or enamelware is best, but anything you have on hand will do.  Combine the ground beef, and seasonings in the bowl.  Take off your rings (I recommend wearing food preparation gloves if you have them) and kneed the seasonings into the meat.  If you are able to use a Kitchen Aid or other large mixer with a paddle to kneed the mixture; that will work great as well. 

It is important to be certain you blend this well.  If you intend to make patties it is important to kneed the sausage a little bit extra to ensure fat movement, which will help the sausage stick together in the frying pan while cooking.  At this point you can freeze the sausage, keep it in the refrigerator or cook and enjoy! 

**Prior to mixing sausage be certain that the ground beef you purchased or had in the refrigerator was not previously frozen because we do not recommend thawing and refreezing ground beef. 

Mr. Giannini’s Beef Breakfast Sausage Costs

Ground Beef = $6.76
Seasonings = $0.65
Total = $7.41

 

Amy’s Beef Breakfast Casserole
(Serves Approximately 4)

1 lb. of Beef Breakfast Sausage (half of the recipe above)
6 Eggs
½ cup Milk
½ tsp. dry Mustard
½ tsp. Ground Pepper
¾ tsp. Salt
½ cup Green Chilies chopped (sm. can)
1 ½ cup grated Cheese

**Also note that we post pictures of cooking beef with wooden utensils, if this is your preference, keep in mind they really should be washed in the dishwasher to avoid housing and spreading germs.

Preheat oven to 350°.  Brown beef breakfast sausage in a large skillet on medium high heat.  Be certain to brown well.  In a large bowl combine the eggs, milk, dry mustard, pepper and salt and mix together with a wire whisk.Then add the green chilies, beef breakfast sausage and cheese.  Mix well with the wire whisk.  Spray the bottom of a 9 x 11 casserole dish, or 9 in. deep dish pie plate, with canola spray or any other non-stick spray.  Pour egg mixture into the pan.  Bake at 350° for 20 to 30 min depending on your oven.  Bake until golden brown on the top.  Slice and serve. 

**Great served with Mr. Brown’s Pico De Gallo or your favorite hot sauce.

Amy’s Beef Breakfast Casserole Costs
Beef Breakfast Sausage- $3.38
Green Chillies – $0.67
Cheese – $0.65
Eggs – $0.78
Seasonings – $0.30
Total Cost = $5.78
Cost per plate = $1.44

Gather the family, put on a pot of coffee and enjoy a beefy breakfast!  Remember beef is a great way to start the day!

~Amy

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