Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Slow-Cooked Sorghum With Turkey Sausage

11 WWPP Posted by 3 years ago 4 Comments

I have a pantry full of strange grains Bob’s Red Mill sent me last year and every once in a while I get an itch to experiment.

This time it was the bag of sorghum that caught my eye. According to the Whole Grains Counsel:

Sorghum is an ancient cereal grain and was collected 8,000 years ago in southern Egypt, in a place called Nabta Playa. Sorghum was domesticated in Ethiopia and Sudan and from there moved throughout all of Africa, where it remains an important cereal grain.

Sorghum is gluten free,  non-GMO, has an edible hull (less processing, more nutrients) and is easy to grow as it’s resistant to drought.

Uncooked Sorghum

Apparently the U.S. is the largest producer of sorghum even though it’s mostly used as livestock feed here.  Remember that time I shared a millet recipe? I had no idea it was literally bird food!

Anyway, I’ve experimented once before with sorghum and loved it — click here to see my Sorghum-Black Bean Salad With Spinach and Cilantro recipe — but I just kind of forgot about it in my pantry along with the amaranth, teff and spelt. These things just aren’t my defaults yet. I’m trying but it takes a lot of effort to constantly cook up new things in ways the family will be receptive. Instead, I tend to gravitate to rice and potatoes for non-veggie side dishes. they’re safe and loved by all. They are also quick! Sorghum takes at least an hour to cook, so I decided to give it a spin in the old crockpot.

The results were fabulous! I loved it!

The family? Well, they’re another story. NO ONE liked the sorghum. Oh, the faces they made, I wish I took pictures. The Husband crinkled his nose, the 3-Year-Old spit it out and then 9-Year-Old tried to sneak away without his “one bite.” But he didn’t and his response after putting it in his mouth was, “No. Yuck.”

Slow Cooked Sorghum with Turkey SausageApparently I’m the only one in the house who likes bird food but you can’t go by them. They don’t like winter squash, sweet potatoes, kale or even stuff on their pizza. They’re all crazy!

Anyway, here’s what I did. If you happen to have some sorghum hanging around maybe this will give you a few ideas. If not, why not give it a try? It’s super cheap on Amazon — Click here to check it out!

  • 1 cup (204 g) uncooked sorghum
  • 3 cups broth (I used stock made from my Thanksgiving turkey!)
  • 1 large sweet onion
  • 1 pound grape tomatoes, halved (I bought 2 pounds for a Thanksgiving vegetable tray and had so many left they were starting to wrinkle.)
  • 2 red bell Peppers, chopped
  • 1 pound (8 links) turkey sausage (mine were frozen)

Put everything in the crockpot.


Slow Cooked Sorghum with Turkey Sausage - Before

Cook on high for at least 5 hours; mine went for 7.

Slow Cooked Sorghum with Turkey Sausage - after

(Sorry for the bad photo, I lost my daylight.)

The sorghum will be tender with a yummy chewiness and the veggies soft, making them both a nice compliment to the meaty sausage.

Slow Cooked Sorghum with Turkey Sausage - Finished

For me, this is a warm bowl of awesome! For the family? A disgusting mish mash of bird food and overcooked vegetables. *sigh* Sometimes it’s hard being outnumbered by people who would rather eat fast food every day.

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
4 2 sausage links and ~ a cup of sorghum and veggies
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
450 11g 12g old: 9 new: 11
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
16g 2g 56g 29g

See other recipes using: onion, red pepper, Sorghum, tomato, turkey sausage

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    Thea @ It's Me Vs. Me

    December 4, 2014

    This looks an excellent winter comfort food meal. Did you put the sausages in completely frozen?


      December 5, 2014

      Yup! I just banged them apart on the side of the counter. :)

    Jeri Lyn

    December 5, 2014

    What does the sorghum taste like?? It seems to me it may be similar to rice, etc without a lot of taste, but takes on the taste of what you cook it with??? Were the men just put off by the texture & not the actual taste?? THANKS.


      December 5, 2014

      Honestly, I think it's the texture. They also don't like couscous and that's that this reminds me up, the big couscous. There's a mild nutty taste but it's absorbs what you cook it in. My boys just aren't into the difference grain textures yet. I can't really get them to eat Quinoa unless I mix it with rice.