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Get creative with breakfast sausage for a menu refresh

Tyson Foodservice

Breakfast menus are known for being consistent—diners can always expect to find the classics, such as pancakes and eggs, bacon and sausage, breakfast sandwiches and more. For operators, though, there’s opportunity in refreshing the menu a bit and offering customers something new and exciting. During the pandemic, 34% of operators say they reduced the number of breakfast items on the menu, according to Technomic’s 2021 Breakfast Consumer Trend Report. Now, as things have largely gotten back to normal, it’s in operators’ interests to revamp their offerings, as 23% of consumers say they choose where to go for breakfast based on who has the widest variety of breakfast choices to choose from. Breakfast sausage offers operators numerous ways to give the menu a facelift—here’s why restaurants should offer more of it, and how to do so.

Benefits of breakfast sausage

Many operators are pressed for time and working with smaller staffs than they’d like. Finding quick, easy-prep options that still offer the great taste and quality diners want is key. Breakfast sausage options from Jimmy Dean® Brand are versatile and take virtually no prep time, so kitchen staff can execute orders quickly and keep customers happy.

Breakfast sausage is also a fan favorite—sausage patties are the preferred breakfast sandwich protein of 27% of consumers according to Technomic’s Breakfast report. Here are a few ways to add sausage to morning offerings that diners will love.

Southwest inspiration

Southwest cuisine is having a moment right now—take advantage of the trend and offer a Southwest Benedict with a Corn & Bacon Griddlecake. An interesting take on a classic benedict, this option incorporated flavors of the Southwest with poblano peppers, green chili hollandaise and smashed avocado. Atop a corn-and-bacon griddlecake, place a Jimmy Dean®  Fully Cooked Pork Sausage Patty, then top with a poached egg, the hollandaise sauce, smashed avocado and crumbles of bacon.

Maxed-out sandwiches

For diners who love an indulgent breakfast, the Three Lil’ Pigs Breakfast Sandwich can’t be beat. Featuring sweet maple French toast and a trio of Jimmy Dean® products (Jimmy Dean® Fully Cooked Applewood Smoked Bacon, a Jimmy Dean® Fully Cooked Pork Sausage Patty and Jimmy Dean® Fully Cooked Sausage Gravy Concentrate), plus Canadian bacon (or smoked ham), a sunny-side-up egg, a fried hashbrown and Colby-Jack cheese, this sandwich is a hearty start to any day.

Upgraded classics

A classic BEC (bacon, egg and cheese) or SEC (sausage, egg and cheese) breakfast sandwich will always be a hit, and adding premium ingredients, such as smoked gouda cheese, baby spinach and grape tomatoes onto a sandwich with sourdough bread, an over-easy egg, Jimmy Dean® Fully Cooked Pork Sausage Patties and Fully Cooked Hickory Smoked Thick Bacon Slices make this choice one diners will come back for again and again.

Other unique options

Jimmy Dean® Sausage products make it easy to amp up the flavor. Try making breakfast tacos with Jimmy Dean® sausage links and fluffy eggs, rolled in warm flour tortillas and served with a side of salsa. Or feature Sausage and Waffles, with Jimmy Dean® sausage patties and quartered waffles, topped with a blackberry compote and whipped cream.

Sausage and other breakfast protein options from Jimmy Dean® brand make revamping the menu a breeze; quality and flavor ensure customers will love their meals, and versatility and easy prep make it an easy choice for kitchen staff.

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This post is sponsored by Tyson Red Label