Mr. P's Sage Sausage and Egg
I have to admit, breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and I perfectly happy having breakfast for any meal of the day. I also have to admit, I am rather obsessed with and addicted to breakfast sandwiches. It is no wonder I have made up a few of my own over the years. This one has been my favorite by a long-shot. It features a large, thick sausage patty mixed with my own spices, garlic and fresh minced sage, an egg and a chipotle mustard-yogurt aioli on toasted English muffins. Let's get to this simple yet mouth-watering savory breakfast or, rather, this Anytime, BLD (breakfast-lunch-dinner) sandwich!
1 pound package country sausage
6 sage leaves, 4 whole leaves set aside, two leaves finely chopped or minced
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1 clove garlic, grated (or, 1 teaspoon garlic powder)
salt and pepper
2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
2 teaspoons dijon mustard
1 tablespoon chipotle in adobo
3 English muffins, split (8)
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
In a large bowl, add the sausage, garlic, spices and the fresh finely chopped sage and mix thoroughly. Form four large patties and place a whole sage leaf in the center of each patty. Set aside for a moment.
In a small bowl, add the yogurt, mustard, one chipotle pepper, diced along with a good teaspoon of adobo sauce, salt and pepper, and mix thoroughly. Note, if you cannot find a can of chipotle in adobo, you can add a teaspoon of chipotle or your favorite chile powder to the yogurt and mustard for a similar effect. Set aside in the refrigerator to allow the flavors to marry.
In the meantime, set the oven to broil. Split the English muffins and broil them until golden. Remove and set aside. In the same skillet, add four eggs. I used a large biscuit cutter to shape the eggs. If you do not have one, no sweat. A fried egg, or sunny side up egg is just fine. Whatever makes YOU happy!
Add a teaspoon or two of vegetable oil to a skillet over medium-high heat and fry the sausage patties, starting with the sage leaf side down. Fry about five minutes per side. They will form a deliciously aromatic crust. Remove and set aside on a paper towel.
Now, assembly time! Add some of the aioli to both top and bottom muffins. Place a sausage patty atop a muffin, an egg to the other, and add cheese if you like! Top with greens, if you like, and enjoy!!!
What a great way to start the day! Perfect for weekends! Serve with fresh fruit, a mimosa and relax! Now, go cook this for someone you love!