Mixing up the breakfast menu with simple apple breakfast sausage
I, like many others, love bacon. Actually, I love pork, all things pork. So it’s not a surprise that I indulge a little bit extra during my weekend breakfasts. Bacon is the staple, but every once in a while I like to mix it up, and the go-to is sausage.
Not the kind of sausage you find at your local greasy spoon, or even the bangers you get in a proper British pub, but simple breakfast sausage patties. Not that there is anything wrong with either of the other options, but the ground pork patties allow for so much more flavour to be added.
My first experience with breakfast sausages was a complete accident. I was making ravioli (yes, this recipe tastes great in ravioli as well) and ended up with too much filling. I threw it in the fridge without a real idea of what I would do with it. The next morning we had a kitchen catastrophe … we ran out of bacon, not a surprise when eight people are having breakfast together. We needed something to go with eggs, so I threw some of the seasoned pork into the frying pan, and the results were very fantastic.
Running out of bacon is normally seen as a kitchen tragedy with cause for an emotional meltdown, but this time it turned into a moment of surprise ingenuity, with results that now open the door to endless breakfast options.
apple breakfast sausage
1 lbs ground pork, cold
1 Granny Smith apple, finely diced
1 large shallot, finely diced
2 tbsp dried sage
2 tbsp butter
1/4 cup cream
1 tbsp each salt and pepper
Heat non-stick pan over medium heat. Add butter, apple and shallots. Cook for 5 minutes. or until both shallots and apples are soft and slightly browned. Remove from heat and cool in fridge.
In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients (try to keep all ingredients as cold as possible). Mix until all ingredients are evenly distributed. Form mixture into small patties (1/2 thick, or size of sliders). Place back into fridge for 15 minutes.
Heat pan over medium-high heat. When hot, place patties in pan (do not overcrowd pan). Allow patties to cook for 3 minutes on each side, or until outside is seared and centre is cooked through. Serve with your favourite style of eggs.