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Apple Sage Sausage Balls Revisited

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Have you ever heard laziness is the mother of invention?  No? Well, maybe I just made that up!  I was preparing to make Apple Sage Sausage Balls for a brunch I was attending at Community Bible Study and the recipe calls for dehydrated onion.  It was at that moment I remembered I had forgotten to buy some on my last visit to Costco.  Dang.

TN Pride Sage Sausage

I was in the middle of cooking dinner and I didn’t have time to go to the grocery store. I needed to make the sausage balls so that they would be ready to take with me early the next morning.  I was tired and didn’t even want to chop fresh onions. (boo-hoo).  Wow, this sounds like a lot of whining.

FF OnionsBut I tell all this to say that I decided to use french fried onions from a can I had leftover from my last Quiche. Oh my gosh, if you haven’t ever used them in Quiche … do it this weekend.  They are fantastic.  But I digress.

Feeling really lazy, I decided to put all the ingredients in my food processor, give a spin and  Voilà — done!

I first posted this recipe in September 2011.  But now I am upgrading the recipe.  Making it simpler and tastier!

Apple Sage Sausage balls are great on a buffet table, the breakfast table, Sunday brunch, or a covered dish, potluck, carry-in.  Does that about cover it?

chop apples in processor

My sous-chef dishwashing mom says to be sure and tell you to use apples that have lots of sweet flavor. The sweetness of the chopped apple blend perfectly with the sage sausage for an outstanding meat ball.

Oh, and the french fried onion rings (chopped up) — that’s a new addition to my recipe.  A keeper recipe!  I hope you have time to make it soon.

~Blessings, Catherine

Apple Sage Sausage Balls Revisited
 
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Keep 'em coming back for more with these sausage balls. Be sure to make plenty - they disappear fast!
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Recipe type: Breakfast, Brunch, Buffet
Serves: 48 balls
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs. sage sausage
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 cup apple, chopped (about 2 medium)
  • 1 cup Pepperidge Farms stuffing mix
  • ½ cup chopped french fried onion rings*
  • 2 eggs
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray mini muffin tins with canola spray.
  2. Chop apples in food processor.
  3. Mix in all remaining ingredients. Process for 30 seconds.
  4. Use medium scoop and place sausage in small muffin tins.
  5. Bake for 20 minute, or until sausage is cooked and nicely browned.
Notes
Recipe can easily be doubled or tripled and frozen.
Can use ring mold or loaf pan instead of mini muffin tins.
This recipe is also good with 1 pound country sausage and 1 pound hot sausage,
* Fresh chopped onion or dehydrated onion can be substituted for French fried onion rings.

 

 

 

Morning Fruit and Yogurt Shake-Up

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I get bored with oatmeal.  Especially when the weather is hot and humid like is the norm at my house in the summertime.  This summer when berries were fresh and I wasn’t feeling good about my swim suit I started drinking fruit and yogurt shakes for breakfast.

Blueberry shake blender
I didn’t go all out and add protein powder or anything like that. I simply opened my refrigerator and put together a cup of Greek yogurt (vanilla flavored), a handful of blueberries and tossed in a few strawberries.  I added 5 pieces of ice and about 1/2 cup milk.

blue straw for shake
No sugar is needed because the yogurt has the vanilla flavoring and that is enough for me. You may or may not want to add a teaspoon or two of sugar if you give this a try.

pouring berry shake
I pulsed the blender on the crushed ice button a few times and voila’!  I really never intended to blog this little recipe of mine except that it is so dang tasty and really filling and I thought you might like to give it a try.

picked blueberries
I realize that for the most part the fruit is now stowed-away frozen in the freezer, but that’s okay.  The frozen fruit works equally well.  I also tried cantaloupe that was almost past it’s prime and boy-oh-boy is it delicious!  The weather is finally turning cooler and oatmeal may be back in style. But for me — I am shaking up the morning with fruit and yogurt!

Have a blessed week,
Catherine

“Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.”

Philippians 2:1-2 NIV

Morning Shake-Up
 
Shake up your morning with a delicious combination of fruit and yogurt. Perfect on-the-go breakfast!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt (plain or flavored)
  • ¼ cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • ¼ cup strawberries, fresh or frozen
  • ½ cup milk
  • 5 ice cubes
Instructions
  1. Place everything in the blender and pulse on and off until well blended and the ice is crushed into fine pieces.
  2. If the shake is too thick for your taste, add a little bit more milk.
  3. Enjoy!
Notes
Most any fruit will work equally well. Peaches - cantaloupe - raspberries - kiwi - blackberries - your choice!
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