Cheesy Sausage Squares | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Cheesy Sausage Squares

Cheesy Sausage Squares | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

After two and a half years living in the UK, not only do I have to fork over all my money to renew my visa, but I have also finally started to figure out how to make British ingredients mock some of my American favorites. 

This recipe involves two American products that I love and was so sad to have to live without. The first is Jimmy Dean sausage, and the second is Pillsbury Crescent Rolls. Put those two things together, and you are basically guaranteed to be eating something awesome. Their absence left a sad hole in my life. 

Cheesy Sausage Squares | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I’ve managed to partially fill those holes. Jus-Roll croissants are not 100% exactly the same as crescent rolls, but they’re pretty damn awesome. I have been known to eat all six of them by myself in one day. They also perform really well in recipes like this, better than just regular puff pastry.

Jimmy Dean sausage is a bit trickier to pin down, but I’ve found that if you add cumin and and crushed red pepper flakes to Cumberland sausage, it’s tasty enough to be getting on with. 

I’ve been testing lots of recipes lately, and nothing had really been exciting me until I made these Cheesy Sausage Squares. I mean, it’s hard to say no to something this loaded with cheese. We send that spicy sausage swimming in some cream cheese, lay some shredded cheddar on top of that, and wrap the whole thing in pastry by way of buttery, flaky croissants in a can. We like to keep it classy around here.

Cheesy Sausage Squares | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

It takes some time to figure life out, but occasionally you solve some problems and then get to eat delicious things. These Cheesy Sausage Squares were an excellent discovery.

Cheesy Sausage Squares
Serves 6
Cheesy Crescent Squares are an absolutely creamy delicious start to your morning.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 can croissants or crescent squares
  2. 1 pound sausage, casings removed
  3. 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  4. 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  5. 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  6. 8 ounces cream cheese
  7. 8 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 375F and lightly grease a rectangular casserole or baking dish.
  2. Unroll your croissants and cover the bottom of your pan with the dough. Trim off the excess of the roll and save it for the top.
  3. Cook your sausage over medium heat in a large skillet, breaking it up with your wooden spoon as it cooks. While it's cooking, add the cumin, crushed red pepper flakes, and black pepper, and stir it through evenly.
  4. Once your sausage is cooked through, add the cream cheese to the skillet, and stir as it melts to combine it with the sausage.
  5. Add your sausage cream cheese mixture to your casserole dish and spread evenly. Sprinkle the shredded cheddar evenly over the sausage, then cover the whole thing with another layer of your croissant dough. If you have any excess, trim it off.
  6. Bake the whole thing for 20-25 minutes or until the pastry is browned.
  7. Allow this to cool for at least 15 minutes before cutting into squares.
Adapted from Pilsbury
Adapted from Pilsbury
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Santa Lucia Mocktail

Santa Lucia Mocktail | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I’ve never met a recipe I didn’t like. Now by this, I don’t mean that every recipe I see looks delicious or turns out great. What I mean is, there’s probably no recipe I don’t want to read. I love an expensive cookbook or a glossy food magazine, but I equally love to check out the recipes on the back of the food packaging or the free magazine in the grocery store. Yes, I realize these are basically just product ads, but some of them are really tasty.

I’m not puritanical about making everything from scratch. In fact, I’m super lazy and quite happy to take some help from the store. If something sounds good, I’ll try it, no matter where it comes from. And as a long-time picky eater, I’ll even sometimes try a recipe that sounds good in theory but I don’t necessarily want to eat myself. Any chance to turn a piece of paper or ones and zeroes on a computer screen into something potentially tasty, I’ll take it.

Santa Lucia Mocktail | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

In case you haven’t guessed already, this Santa Lucia Mocktail comes from an ad in one of those free grocery store magazines. It’s a tangy, sweet mix of juices and fancy soda that’s pretty enough to serve at a party for friends who are driving or otherwise abstaining from alcohol. If the idea of a mocktail brings a hard eye roll to your face, I recommend adding a shot of rum to this mixture.

Ironically, my grocery store didn’t have all the ingredients the recipe suggested, so I improvised a bit, but I think it worked out well. The key ingredient is San Pellegrino Limonata, and everything else is open to interpretation. Something peachy, some fresh citrus, and a chilled martini glass puts you on your way to feeling fancy and refreshed.

Santa Lucia Mocktail | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Don’t be afraid to try something a little low brow. You might be pleasantly surprised. Delicious things come from unexpected places. 

Santa Lucia Mocktail
Serves 2
This Santa Lucia Mocktail is tangy, fruity, and refreshing
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 200 ml San Pellegrino Limonata
  2. 50 ml orange, peach, passion fruit, mango juice or other peach juice mix
  3. 1 tablespoon lime juice
  4. 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  5. Ice
  6. Citrus wedges to garnish
Instructions
  1. Add ice water to your martini glasses to chill.
  2. Pour Limonata and all juices into a cocktail shaker or measuring jug over ice. Shake or stir well.
  3. Pour out the ice water and divide your mocktail evenly between your two glasses, straining out the ice.
  4. Garnish with a wedge of fresh lemon or lime.
Adapted from San Pellegrino
Adapted from San Pellegrino
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Awesome in March

Awesome in March

March was actually pretty tough. We started off with a snow storm, got a dog, and haven’t seen the sun in Scotland since I don’t know when. Work has been absolutely ridiculous, and I’ve been feeling like a non-stop failure.

We got to make two trips down to England to visit family. I love a train journey, though they’re slightly less relaxing with a dog. I do love the change of scenery and the chance to get out of the city for a while when we’re down there. It’s also nice not have to make as many decisions or wash as many dishes. We finished the month with waffles and candied bacon at the new Tribeca in Merchant City, and it was absolutely lovely.

I’m thinking I definitely need to eat these Honey Cheddar Scones with Black Pepper. They look absolutely gorgeous. 

This Lemon Sugar Cookie Crumb Pie is just pure genius. I have a feeling I won’t be able to share.

I lost it the first time I saw these Mini Swedish Meatballs with Mashed Potatoes. This photo makes me absolutely ravenous. 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Gooey Butter Cake | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Some of your favorites this month were a buttery nipple milkshake, chocolate peanut butter gooey butter cake, and caramel butterscotch muffins. That’s my kind of sweet tooth. 

We might make it above 10 degrees in the next week. Fingers crossed we’re diving into Spring any minute now. Love ya, kids.

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