Copycat Shake Shack Sausage Egg 'N Cheese

READY IN: 40mins
SERVES: 4
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Make Sausage Mix:
  • Chop sage and garlic (or grate garlic on microplane) then in a medium bowl combine the maple syrup, sage, garlic, 1 teaspoon salt, paprika, onion powder, cayenne pepper, and black pepper. Add the pork and mix until thoroughly mix until fully combined, do not overmix. Transfer to a zip-top bag, or non-reactive container, with a cover; refrigerate 2 hours and up to 2 days.
  • Form Sausage Patties:
  • Using your hands, form the sausage mixture into 5-inch patties, about 1/3- inch thick.
  • Heat a large cast-iron pan or griddle over medium-high until very hot, 6 to 7 minutes. Grease skillet with 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil.
  • Cook sausage:
  • Add the the sausage patties, gently pressing down with a spatula, in order to adhere to the pan. Cook, undisturbed, until bottom of sausage is dark brown and crisp, 2 to 3 minutes. Flip patties, using spatula to “smash” lightly again; and sausage is dark golden brown on other side,and fully cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes more. Transfer sausage to a plate and cover to keep warm.
  • Cook Eggs:
  • Remove skillet from heat. Using paper towels, wipe any excess oil, or sausage bits from the skillet. If skillet is smoking hot allow to cool slightly.
  • Replace skillet on heat, over medium; add remaining 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil and sprinkle with remaining teaspoon salt.
  • Gently crack eggs into a bowl, being careful not to break yolks. Lower bowl with eggs close to skillet. Carefully pour eggs, one at a time skillet, trying to spacing out evenly. Cook eggs until just set on the bottom 1 to 2 minutes. Using a thin spatula (you may have to use the spatula to slice the egg whites between the eggs to separate them). Carefully flip each egg and top each with a slice of cheese. Cover skillet with a baking sheet or pot lid large enough to cover eggs. Continue to cook until cheese has melted and yolks are still runny, or cooked to your preference 1 to 2 minutes more.
  • Assemble Sandwiches:
  • Split and toast sandwich buns. Dividing evenly, layer buns with eggs, and top each with sausage patties. Top each with bun tops and serve hot.
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