Vegan Sausage and Grits Recipe

A very substantial vegan brunch.
Photo by Farideh Sadeghin

Servings: 4
Prep time: 20 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes


for the sausage and peppers:
¼ cup|60 ml olive oil
4 links vegan breakfast sausage, casings removed
1 large red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and diced
1 large yellow onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 large jalapeno pepper, stemmed and diced
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 scallions, thinly sliced, for garnish
hot sauce, to serve

for the grits:
1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt, plus more to taste
1 cup|200 grams corn grits
1 ½ cups|200 grams shredded vegan cheddar
3 tablespoons vegan butter
freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Make the sausage and peppers: Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add the sausage and cook, breaking up with a wooden spoon, until browned, 6 to 7 minutes. Add the bell pepper and onion and cook until lightly golden and soft, 5 to 6 minutes, then add the garlic and jalapeno. Cook for 2 minutes more, then add the vinegar and soy sauce and cook until absorbed. Season with salt and pepper and keep warm.
  2. Make the grits: Bring 4 cups|946 ml of water and the salt to a boil in a medium saucepan over high. Stir in the grits and reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook, stirring occasionally, until thick and smooth, about 6 to 7 minutes. Cover, turn off the heat, and let sit for 5 minutes, then stir in the cheese and butter until melted. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. To serve, top the grits with the sausage mixture and garnish with the scallions. Serve with hot sauce on the side.

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