Yum – a Sunday breakfast treat, especially tasty when one has been soooooo good throughout the week. Since I am avoiding potatoes at all costs I can’t have hash browns, yet I still want something special for breakfast on the weekend - and this dish is it! I have fond memories of my Father making Blood Sausage for us on Sunday morning after Mass – it was such a treat for us (although for him this was served most days as part of an Irish breakfast growing up in San Francisco). Blood sausage (which is also referred to as Black Pudding or Blood Pudding), is generally made from pork blood and a high proportion of oatmeal and sometimes barley, in addition to pork. I realize this might not be to everyone’s liking just from the name of the dish, but if you try it, you will be delighted that you did.
Note that I usually eat only 0-3 carbs for breakfast, which leaves me plenty for lunch and dinner indulgences. This breakfast is 8 carbs, so here is what I will eat for the remainder of the day to stay on course. Lunch will be a green salad with cherry tomatoes, sliced chicken breast, and low carb dressing (7 carbs); dinner will be NY steak (roughly 8 ounces) served with 1 Tbl of béarnaise sauce, 4 asparagus spears with 2 tsp of mayonnaise, and Sugar Free Jello cup for dessert (3 carbs) Afternoon snack will be 12 almonds and 1 wedge of Laughing Cow Cheese (4 carbs) Total for the day will be 22 carbs – not bad! See Low Carb eating can still be healthy AND you can have a treat now and again. Since I have pretty much eliminated sugar from my diet (no candy, cakes, pies) I thought I would want to splurge on those items – but no, I find I am missing potatoes and bread – oh where, oh where did my potatoes and bread go?
Ingredients: 4 oz blood sausage (1 link) 2 large whole eggs 4 medium strawberries Pinch of salt 1 Tbl butter 1/4 tsp dill 1/4 tsp parsley
Cut sausage in half, and then into slices. Add to non-stick fry pan with 1 Tbl butter (freeze the other 4 oz for another day).
Once it starts to cook take a metal spatula and smash it! This will release the fat particles in the sausage. You can either turn down the heat and let this cook for about 7 minutes, stirring constantly, or you can keep heat on high until a crisp crust forms - I like the crust!
Divide the fried blood sausage between two plates and wipe the fry pan with a paper towel. Add rest of butter and fry two eggs over easy.
Place the fried egg on top of the blood sausage, sprinkle with a touch of salt, dill, and parsley, add two medium size strawberries and you are ready for breakfast!
First bite: I love the first bite of this breakfast when you dig right into the egg yolk and it starts to run over the blood sausage – Yikes that is a good first bite.
Nutrition: 8 carbohydrates