Sausage and Gouda Stuffed Dates & a Sausage Smash Burger

Sausage andGouda Stuffed Date

Today’s post has been sponsored by Jimmy Dean®.  All opinions are entirely my own.    You cafn check out their products on their website.   #JDFAMILYTABLE

When my family gets together, we love to have an appetizer spread.    I love putting together food that is delicious, but also easy.   These Sausage and Gouda Stuffed Dates only use three ingredients and only take a few minutes.

I used Jimmy Dean® Roll Sausage in these Sausage and Gouda Stuffed dates.   I also used it in the recipe below- A Sausage Smashed Burger.   Both of these sausage recipes were a big hit with my family.  ( well of course they were, sausage tastes wonderful.)

I purchased this Jimmy Dean® Roll Sausage at Meijer, and used the Original flavor in the Sausage Smashed burger and I used  Country Mild  in these yummy Sausage Stuffed Dates.

Check out their website to find really fun and delicious looking recipe ideas.


If you look at their website, you will find so many fun ideas that don’t have anything to do with breakfast!

These Sausage and Gouda Stuffed Dates couldn’t be easier.  They literally only took a few minutes to whip up.


Sausage Stuffed Dates   ( Yield’s 10)


1/2 cup of cooked Jimmy Dean® Roll Sausage- Country Mild

10 dates- pitted

1/4 cup of gouda cheese- cut into little pieces

Method:  Cook the sausage on the stovetop until you get 1/2 cup of crumbles.  Set aside.  Cut a slit in 10 dates and remove the pit.  Stuff each date with sausage and top with gouda cheese.  Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes- or until cheese melts.   Serve immediately.


I loved how both my four- year- old and two- year- old son’s gobbled these up!    They also loved this next recipe much more than I expected!


As a way to show how sausage can be used in every day recipes, Jimmy Dean® asked me to make their Sausage Smashed Burger- A recipe that they provided me with.   I live in Iowa, so the idea of a pork burger is totally normal.  But, I had never thought about making a Sausage Burger before.

This recipe was really good.  It was the perfect balance of flavors- with lots of added veggies to the sandwich to even out the richness of the sausage.


Sausage Smashed Burger – A recipe provided to me by Jimmy Dean 

This restaurant trending burger is coming to your home. Use Jimmy Dean® Roll Sausage with caramelized onions smashed together in a skillet or char-grill and topped with jarlsberg cheese. Layered between brioche bread, charred tomato, pickled cucumbers, shaved Brussel sprouts with garlic mayonnaise.

Cook time: 45 minutes


1 pound Jimmy Dean® Original Sausage

½ cup Homemade Pickles, see recipe below

1 cup Sprout Slaw, see recipe below

4 cups diced onions

2 tablespoons oil

¼ cup unsalted butter

8 slices brioche bread

2 tomatoes, sliced

1 cup shredded jarlsberg cheese

Homemade Pickles

¼ cup sugar

¼ cup apple cider vinegar

¼ cup water

½ cucumber, seeded and sliced

Sprout Slaw

2 cups shaved Brussels sprouts

¼ cup mayonnaise

1 tablespoon garlic paste


  • Combine sugar, vinegar and water in a sauce pot and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add cucumber slices. Refrigerate for an hour before use, the cucumbers will be tender yet still have texture.
  • Combine Brussels sprouts, mayonnaise and garlic paste in a mixing bowl; keep refrigerated until use.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium. Add onions, butter and cook on medium-low heat for 30 minutes, stirring often until onions are tender. Drain and reserve excess butter to toast bread slices, refrigerate onions until cooled.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of reserved onion butter in the same skillet over medium. Toast 2 slices of bread at a time until desired doneness, repeat with remaining ingredients and set aside.
  • In the same skillet, heat the tomato slices until a slight charring occurs, set aside.
  • Combine the sausage and caramelized onions together in a mixing bowl. Divide the sausage mix into 4 equal parts and roll into individual ball-shapes. Using the same skillet, smash the sausage into the skillet with a flat spatula until you have your desired thickness. Cook over medium heat for 12-15 minutes or until the natural juices run clear. Finish with the shredded cheese and let melt before removing from the skillet. You can cook them all in the same skillet or two at a time. Layer the burger between toasted bread with tomatoes, pickles and slaw. Enjoy!

Both of these recipes were full of flavor and tasted wonderful!   Don’t forget to check out Jimmy Dean® Roll Sausage at Meijer!  Also, don’t forget to check out new recipe ideas on their website! 



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