Grilled Sausage and Sautéed Peppers

Vegan Italian OR Breakfast Sausage

Adapted from Nutmeg Notebook’s Damn Good Sausage AND Kerry Blumenthal’s YouTube video https://youtu.be/JL4NWfjtwN0

Ingredients

• 2 cups water

• 2 cups quick cooking oats

• ¼ cup ground flax seeds + ¼ cup water

• 1/2 cup nutritional yeast

• 4 garlic cloves, minced (or 1 tbsp garlic powder)

• 1 small onion, minced (or 1 tbsp dry minced onion)

• 1 tbsp sage

• 1 tbsp poultry seasoning

• 1 handful fresh parsley, chopped (or 1 tbsp dry)

• 1 handful fresh oregano, chopped (or 1 tbsp dry)

• 1 handful fresh basil, chopped (or 1 tbsp dry)

• 3 tbsp fennel seeds — omit if you’re making breakfast sausage

• 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

• 6 brown rice wrappers — optional

• 1-2 tbsp maple syrup — optional, but be sure to add it if you’re making breakfast sausage

Method

1. Combine flax and ¼ cup water in a small bowl and set aside to thicken

2. Add 2 cups water to medium sauce pan & bring to a boil

3. While waiting for the flax to thicken and the water to boil combine oats, spices, herbs and seasonings in a small bowl

4. Add oats/spice blend and flax egg to boiling water, reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring constantly until oats are thoroughly cooked and mixture is very thick. Remove from heat and set aside to cool or to speed the process, spread mixture onto a plate and place in the fridge for a few minutes

5. When mixture is cool enough to handle, divide into six portions and shape into sausage links. If dough is too sticky to work with wet your hands & then proceed to form links or patties

6. If using rice wrappers: Partially fill a large (wide) bowl with water & set it near your work surface; place a damp washcloth on your work surface. Submerge one rice wrapper into the bowl of water, wait a few seconds, gently remove rice wrapper, allow excess water to drip into the bowl and then place it onto the washcloth

7. Place one sausage link on wrapper, roll it about half way, fold sides over onto the link and then continue rolling; set link on wax paper and repeat with remaining links. Rice paper is sticky — DO NOT LET LINKS TOUCH or they will stick together and tear when pulled apart. Ask me how I know…

8. May be cooked immediately or refrigerated for later use. Grill links over INDIRECT medium-high heat for approximately 15 minutes, turning occasionally. DO NOT LET LINKS TOUCH while cooking or they will stick together; OR bake patties in preheated 350 degree oven 20 min, flip and bake another 10 min

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