Apple Pork Sausage and Chimichurri

Hello Friday!  And hello to another day off!  I could really get used to these three day work weeks! Open-mouthed smile

Last weekend while I was waiting for my number to be called at the meat counter, I wandered around and saw that they had pork sausage – at only $2.99 a pound!  I bought some with the thought of making apple and pork breakfast sausages.  This one is almost too embarrassing to post as a recipe because it’s so easy!

Apple Pork Breakfast Sausages

  • makes 6 patties, 147 calories, 11 fat, 272 sodium, 4.2 carbs, 1.1 fiber and 6.6 protein

Ingredients:

  • 9 ounces fresh pork sausage
  • 6 ounces of apple (about half of a large), cored and then shredded with the skin on
  • 1 tablespoon of fennel seeds
  • salt and pepper

After you shred the apple, put the shreds in a paper towel and squeeze out all of the moisture.  Mix with pork sausage and fennel seeds.  Each of my sausages were 2.1 ounces raw.  I generously coated with salt and pepper.

Put in a non-stick pan.  Add enough water to cover up to half of the side of the sausage over medium low heat – you want to cook the pork through before browning it up.  This batch took me about 15 minutes all together.

My breakfast – a 2 egg spinach omelet, 100 calorie English muffin (that I ended up putting the omelet in and eating like a breakfast sammie) and 2 sausages.

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That’s a really shitty picture above, but I wanted you to see all the shreds of apple.

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Holy yum, were those sausages good.  While this breakfast comes in at 526 calories, 32 fat, 31 carbs, 8.8 fiber and 31 protein, this packed a punch with staying power – this kept me full for hours.  So full that when it was time to have our office lunch of Chinese food, I wasn’t even sure I even wanted to eat anything!

I did end up getting two chicken sticks and wonton soup, of which I only ate half the soup, so lunch came in at 381 calories, 9 fat, 16 carbs, 1 fiber and 58 protein.  Nice!  I may have added a touch of sriracha to my wonton soup broth. Open-mouthed smile

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Before work yesterday, I blindly grabbed some sort of “meat” from the freezer and figured I would wing it when I got home.  When I unwrapped the package, I realized it was the other half of the beef I bought at Whole Foods a few weeks ago.  This portion was $4.20, or $2.10 per person.

I don’t know if you are like me, but when I see bunches of cilantro and parsley on sale for .25 cents a bunch, I routinely buy a dollars worth and then by the end of the week wonder what to do with it before it goes bad.  I’ve made a chimichurri sauce before and completely forgot how delicious it is.

I switched the recipe up a bit, based what I had on hand.  Best part? Tony loved it!

Chimichurri Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil (I used a 6 ounce package from the store)
  • 1 cup cilantro, stems cut off
  • 1 cup parsley, stems cut off
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • pinch of sugar

Combine all the ingredients in a food processor and puree until smooth.  Holy smokes if you could smell this!  It smells like summer!

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The key to a great grilled piece of meat?  Always make sure your meat is at room temperature – never go from fridge to heat because you’ll end up with tough meat every time.  I just salt and peppered this beef.

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While the meat started to grill, I popped two of my last red potatoes in the microwave and hit the button for baked potato. Since they were small, it was only about 5 minutes.  Next went in my broccoli head, and I hit the button for fresh vegetable.

When I flipped my meat, I added the potatoes and broccoli to finish them off.  See the broccoli stem?  That’s Tony’s favorite part so he at that!

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Love that the sun was setting at 6:30!  And the snow is melted in our back yard – we only have one pile at each side of our driveway – come on spring!

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I ended up cutting up my meat, potato and broccoli and stirring it in all that delicious herb sauce – if I could have licked the plate I would have!  (well, maybe I did once I brought the dishes back in!).  This makes a lot – I have about a tablespoon and a half on my plate – I was thinking that it might be a great topping on a goat cheese omelet?

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So not a bad dinner considering I didn’t have a plan when I got home from work!

Raise your hand if you have today off!  Hope you enjoy your Friday.  I hope to convince Tony to have deep dish pizza for dinner – except his side can be black olive and cheese (last day of Lent!) and mine can be a spinach deep dish pizza. Doesn’t this look amazeballs?

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Make it a great day!

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26 thoughts on “Apple Pork Sausage and Chimichurri

  1. Those sausages sound like something the man would love! I never make anything like that (bad wifey). Enjoy your day off. I don’t normally work Fridays, but I am working! We had a meeting scheduled so…must be flexible ;).

  2. myjourneytofit

    I want to grill some veggie – never thought about doing potatoes, but that will be added to the mix – thanks for the idea!

    Have you read Thug Kitchen? I just heard about it, and for *some* reason it made me think of you! http://thugkitchen.com/

  3. I love Chimichurri sauce, but I’ve never made it—guess I’ll have to now.

    Hope you have a great weekend, Biz!

  4. Whenever I taste Chimichurri sauce, I always say to myself that I need to make it, but never have. Someday! 🙂

  5. The simplest recipes are always the best recipes in my book. That sausage looks delicious, too; gotta try it.

    Every week, I buy at least two bunches of cilantro and one bunch of Italian parsley; they are two of my mainstay ingredients and I use them regularly.

    As for vinegar, in one of your posts I saw you had a bottle of the ‘O’ vinegar; this is the best brand out there and while it’s expensive, I usually find it at TJ Maxx for a steal. I love their champagne vinegar and they have a white balsamic that is killer; if you can find the port vinegar it’s delicious over fresh berries and even over a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

    Let me know how you like the pea soup.

  6. Tom loves chimichurri and I have never made it for him, I am a bad wife 🙂 I think its just the idea of buying cilantro that makes me shiver! I hope you have an awesome three day weekend.

  7. It wasn’t silly to post that recipe for the pork sausages! I would have never thought to squeeze out the water from the apples! Have a great weekend.

    • Yep, apples, zucchini – I always squeeze out the excess water. 😀 Have a great weekend too – I’ll let you know if I find those two red wines!

  8. Great chimichurri. I like it just because it is fun to say! And that pizza does look good. You are dangerous! I only get to eat those when I get back to Illinois and that isn’t too often!

  9. Oh Abbe, I am about to change your life – this recipe for deep dish pizza rivals any restaurant – comes almost as close to Lou Malnati’s, but its close enough!

    http://mybizzykitchen.com/2011/10/02/best-deep-dish-pizza-recipe-ever-and-holiday-challenge-update/

    p.s. and Tony is a go with Party Pizza Friday! 😀

  10. Those sausages sound great! Chimichurri sauce is one of my favorite’s too. I need to make some soon! Our snow is melting too and this weekend looks to be near 50….woot!! Have a great weekend Biz!

  11. I totally agree with you about bringing the meat to room temp! I also like to season and let it sit for at least 30 minutes to allow the salt to seep through the meat…at least that is what I imagine happens…lol

    Love the addition of apple to the sausage!

  12. I was thinking of chimichurri sauce just this afternoon and here you are with a recipe for it. It looks delicious! Thanks for sharing it. I hope you have a fantastic weekend.

  13. Love your new hair cut! I have made this sauce years ago and forgot about it and like you need to use up a ton of cilantro- thanks for the reminder! Still hoping to see Tony on video making his fried rice with an order of extra humor on the side please:-)

  14. LOVE chimichurri sauce – yours looks fantastic. Did you get your pizza?!

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