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As someone who cooks daily, I can say that it’s easy to fall into a rut when it comes to meals.   It all starts at the grocery store where we tend to pass over new and amazing products and buy the same foods week, after week.   In an effort to be a bit more creative with my meals, I try to buy a few new items each week and also seek inspiration from the internet and magazines.  I’m partnering with Smithfield to help you re-imagine breakfast.  Smithfield Fresh Breakfast Sausage is available in a variety of flavors such as Hometown Original, Bacon and Maple. It’s a great breakfast staple and can be found in links, patties and rolls.

For our family, the one meal that tends to get boring quick is breakfast.  Maybe it’s the fact that I’ve just rolled out of bed and my brain is way too foggy to think, but I find myself serving the same dishes over and over.  For me breakfast needs to be ready in a jiff and be simple to throw together.  Smithfield Fresh Breakfast Sausage helps to get breakfast on the table with little effort and it’s versatile enough that it can be easily used in a wide variety of dishes.

In an effort to keep breakfast interesting, I’ve made substitutions and switch things up a bit, like using semi ripe plantains with SmithfieldFresh Breakfast Sausage links to create a sweet and spicy breakfast hash.  Using plantain for breakfast is not uncommon, but this ingredient isn’t typically used in a hash.

For this dish I found that semi ripe plantains were perfect – green plantain took too long to cook and super ripe plantains were too soft.   It’s a simple as tossing diced plantains, peppers, red onions and Smithfield Breakfast Sausage (which is made with premium pork) with olive oil, chipotle seasoning and aromatics and popping it into the oven. The plantains, which were coated with garlic, thyme, black pepper chipotle seasoning, sweeten as it cooks and adds a nice balance between sweet and spicy.  

Personally, I love that Smithfield Fresh Breakfast Sausage links are gluten-free, made with premium quality pork, and contain no MSG. That makes me feel good about serving this brand to my family.  Keeping breakfast exciting doesn’t have to be difficult, just be creative and reinvent your favorites! Head on over to to get inspired and reimagine your weekly breakfast menu!


1-12 oz package Smithfield Fresh Breakfast Sausage Links

4 semi ripe plantains,

1 red onion, sliced

1 red pepper, cut into squares

2 garlic cloves, crushed

2 tsp olive oil

About 10 sprigs thyme

½ tsp black pepper

½-3/4 tsp salt

1 tsp chipotle seasoning (salt free)

2 scallion, finely chopped

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Peel plantains, then cut into half-length wise then cut in piece into half lengthwise.  Cut into small cubes.

Place cube plantains, red onion, red bell pepper, garlic, thyme, black pepper, salt, chipotle seasoning into a bowl and coat with olive oil and toss.  Place into a 13×9 baking pan and place sausages on top.

Place into preheated oven and bake for 25 minutes or until the sausages are cooked.

Remove from oven and garnish with chopped scallion.


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smithfield.