Leave it to me to start liking a product that apparently isn’t made anymore. I had two packages in the freezer that I picked up at some time, Sausage Crumbles with Italian Seasoning, and Beef Crumbles. Both ingredients are fully-cooked, and designed to be used as a quick heat and eat meal component, as a pizza topping, for tacos, lasagna, or meat sauce.
Searching the Tyson website for nutritional information, I don’t see these products listed – although they still have recipes posted using the products as ingredients, and still offer a product for “Breakfast Sausage Crumbles.”
Oh well. I immediately liked them just from reading the ingredients. Beef, water, and seasonings for one; pork, water, and seasonings for the other.
Dislikes? Upon opening the package, the meat was ‘frost encrusted’. This may well be because the packages are well past their “use by” dates. So me bad.
I thawed some of each in the microwave for a taste test prior to adding them to my (what would be) meat sauce. I actually liked them both, and if you are a regular reader, you know how much I eschew pre-cooked sausage crumbles on pizzeria pies. These might be an exception.
If Tyson were to keep making these (or are, and they just aren’t on the website), my only suggestion would be that they produce them in different sizes, I’d like that, especially the pork variety. The current iteration is a little smaller than a fingernail, and I’d like to see both a finer grind, and a coarser one.
They come in 10 oz packages, so you might need two for a family meal.
My recipe for quick meat sauce?
2 Packages Tyson Sausage Crumbles with Italian Season
1/2 Onion, diced
2 Cloves garlic, diced
1/2 t. oregon
1 t. fennel
1 jar your favorite spaghetti sauce
1 T olive oil
Saute the vegetables until clear. Add the meat and heat until serving temperature. Drain the meat and vegetables in a colander. Add the sauce and heat. Serve over pasta or on buns as sloppy joes. Perfect.
(Ed. note: I inquired of Tyson as to the availability of this product and they told me it had, in fact, been discontinued – 9.14.12)