Growing up in the south you could be sure of a few things, God, football/baseball, family and a big breakfast over the weekend not always in that order. Now this breakfast always came with eggs, maybe some grits, biscuits and sawmill sausage gravy (both made from scratch), bacon, maybe some hash browns and a few slices of tomatoes. To this day, I will never understand why my Papa liked tomato slices with his breakfast, but he did y’all and I guess he passed that down to me. I wanted a few things different for my breakfast this weekend y’all. I didn’t make the coma inducing biscuits, I also opted out of grits. Instead of traditional hash browns, I used root vegetables and made my gravy with Lightlife sausage and Cassava flour. Don’t worry, I can feel my Nana shaking her head at me from heaven. But I think even Nana would have liked this version.
If you’ve never used Cassava Flour let me go over this with you. First, I wouldn’t bake with it. Maybe you would. It’s made from the Yuca plant and can be used in the place of cornstarch or in this case used for sawmill gravy. A little goes a long way and y’all I promise it gets THICK, QUICK.
Let’s make this breakfast y’all.
- Just Egg (or regular eggs if your not going plant based)
- Root vegetables: white potatoes (peeled) carrots (peeled) parsnips (peeled) sweet potato (peeled) Grate them all up and give them a good squeeze to get rid of the access water.
- Lightlife sausage – this really is great y’all and has such good flavor. You can make them in patties or crumble up. (of course regular sausage for my non plant based people).
- Cassava flour
- unsweetend almond milk
- spices: garlic, onion powder, chili powder, salt and pepper.
- grapeseed oil.
I suggest making your hash browns first, as they take a little to get brown. Add some grapeseed oil or even a little butter to a hot pan (cast iron would be great here). add in your grated root vegetables, and a sprinkle of all your spices. Let cook until you get the brown bits on some. Mix well and add a couple handfuls of spinach. Keep stirring until the spinach begins to wilt through.
Once those are done go ahead a cook up your sausage. You’ll need a little oil in your pan, the lightlite doesn’t have fat content of its own. I like when the edges are a little more brown and crispy. Pull from the pan and set aside. Make your eggs. If you are using Just Egg, you kind of have to go with scrambled but if you’re using regular make them your favorite way. Plate up some hash browns and your eggs. Now it’s time to make your gravy. Oil or butter in your pan. Almond milk and 2 tbsp of Cassava Flour, whisk until smooth. Add in some salt pepper and chili powder. Add your sausage back in, if its too thick you can always add a little more milk. Put your sausage gravy over your hash browns. Top your eggs with some cheese, maybe some avocado, a few tomatoes, sprinkle with parsley and enjoy!! And if you still need to take a nap after, well that’s okay too.