Quick in the Kitchen: Easy Sausage Recipes

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Sausage comes in many forms and is the star ingredient of dishes from all over the world. For easy reading, the recipes below are categorized by meal types: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Keep scrolling to discover quick and easy sausage recipes.

Breakfast: Sausage Gravy or Huevos Rancheros

Sausage comes in many forms, but one of the most popular ones for breakfast is ground sausage. We include ground sausage in both breakfast recipes below.

Start the sausage gravy by browning your choice of ground sausage in a pan. Once it’s browned, mix in flour little by little before adding milk. Stir as it thickens, adding more milk if you desire a thinner consistency. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve hot with biscuits.

Traditionally, huevos rancheros don’t have any meat, but ground sausage makes a great addition to the beans. You can cook and mash black or pinto beans yourself or use store-bought refried beans, mixing sausage into either as they cook on the stove. Fry your eggs next, and warm your tortillas while the eggs cook. Assemble your plate with the tortilla on the bottom, then the beans and sausage next, and top it with the eggs and optional salsa or pico de gallo.

Lunch: Kielbasa and Beans or Indian Corn Dogs

While kielbasa is Polish sausage, this versatile form of sausage is quick to heat and eat, making for great lunch recipes. Both recipes we have below feature kielbasa.

For kielbasa and beans, brown sliced kielbasa in a pan and then remove it, setting it aside for later. Add onion and tomato paste, cooking for roughly five minutes before adding half a can of beans. For extra sauce, you can use a can of pork and beans. Cook the beans until they are easy to mash with a utensil, and then add the rest of the can. Cook on medium-low until thick, adding water as needed for desired consistency. Put the sausage back in and serve with your choice of bread.

Start the Indian corn dogs by heating a high-temperature oil such as peanut oil in a deep pan. While the oil heats up, prepare cornbread batter according to box instructions, adding garam masala and curry powder as desired. Cut the kielbasa into three- to six-inch pieces and skewer them. Dip them first in the cornbread batter, then place them into the oil until all sides are cooked through and golden brown. Serve while hot with desired dipping sauce.

Dinner: Low Country Boil or Lasagna

Kielbasa or ground sausage make excellent dinners. Our first recipe below features kielbasa, while the second features ground sausage.

While traditional low-country boils can take all day, this is a quick stovetop version. Fill a large pot with water, season it with desired Cajun and seafood seasoning mixes, and then bring it to a boil. Add several pounds of washed and quartered potatoes and several pounds of kielbasa sliced into one- to three-inch pieces. Once you can easily pierce the potato pieces with a fork, add five to eight corn cobs cut in half. After several minutes, add several pounds of frozen crab. After roughly five minutes, add several pounds of fresh shrimp with the shells still on. Cook for several more minutes before draining and serving.

For the lasagna, brown ground sausage in a skillet. Once it’s done, remove it from the heat and stir in a jar of marinara sauce and one can of tomato sauce. In a separate bowl, mix ricotta cheese and your desired amount of Italian herbs. Spoon some of the sauce into the bottom of a greased baking dish and cover with lasagna noodles cooked al dente. Spread some of the ricotta-herb mixture on top of the noodles, along with a generous mixture of shredded mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Continue to build in this order, sauce-noodles-cheese, until the pan is full. Bake and serve.

These quick and easy sausage recipes make for delicious breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. Ground sausage and kielbasa are versatile meats that you can use in even more recipes than we’ve given here, so don’t be afraid to try them in different ways.