As the holiday season starts to kick in, we usually tend to focus on the larger family dinners at home and hardly pay much attention to breakfast at our home. It’s usually a couple of eggs with toast and then we set out to prepping our ingredients to cook the big dinner. But what if there was a way to make things a bit more interesting and stay on theme with the festivities? There’s absolutely no reason to restrict the creativity to just dinner.
There are a lot of ways that you can make breakfast fun: you could bake a cranberry loaf, or start out the morning with some doughnuts or cinnamon buns. But because the festive dinner is so heavy, we prefer to have a lighter breakfast. This is where the idea came for a sausage, one that’s flavorful but also easy and quick to prepare and cook. Here dried herbs, garlic and cranberries make this sausage a welcome addition to our breakfast table.
Thankfully, I was able to season and prepare fresh breakfast sausage with my KitchenAid® Food Grinder Attachment for my Stand Mixer. You can use chicken or turkey breast, and it only takes a few minutes to season the poultry and then grind all the ingredients together. This attachment makes things easy: select the coarse or fine plate and then simply pass the meat with the spices through the grinder and it’s ready to be cooked!
To start, select the plate for the desired grind size. It is always better to start with the coarse plate and then if you feel like you need a finer grind, switch the plate to the smaller pore size. You could also run the mixture for a second time through the Food Grinder Attachment.
Loosen the knob and fasten the Food Grinder Attachment to the power hub of your Stand Mixer. Place a bowl under the attachment to collect the ground meat as it is extruded from the grinder.
Then, mix all the meat together with the spices in a bowl. Set the speed of the Stand Mixer to 4 and pass the meat through the feed of the Food Grinder Attachment, using the plunger to press the meat through if needed.
Collect the ground meat in a bowl, then add the vinegar and the cranberries and fold to combine.
Then shape the ground meat into 16 one-inch balls and place them on baking sheets lined with aluminum foil.
These sausages can then be cooked in a hot oven or pan fried in a skillet and served hot. These sausages are also great when added to pieces of grilled squash or a pilaf and even make a great addition to a salad or sandwich the next day with a few crumbles of creamy, fresh goat cheese or feta.
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Makes 16 sausages
2 lbs boneless chicken or turkey breast, skin removed and discarded
4 garlic cloves, peeled
12 black peppercorns
1 tablespoon onion powder
2 teaspoons crushed red pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons fine sea salt
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
1 teaspoon dried sage
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1/2 cup dried, sweetened cranberries
Assemble the KitchenAid® Food Grinder Attachment with the coarse plate, and attach it to the power hub of the KitchenAid® Stand Mixer. Place a medium bowl under the Food Grinder Attachment to collect the chicken as it is extruded.
Place all the ingredients form the chicken to the thyme in a medium bowl and toss to coat.
Set the speed of the Stand Mixer to 4 and grind the seasoned poultry by passing it through the grinder, using the plunger to pass the meat through as needed.
Fold in the vinegar and cranberries. Then divide and shape the ground meat into 16 one-inch sized balls. Then flatten them to form a small disc.
To cook the sausage, either bake in a preheated oven at 400°F for 15 to 18 minutes in two batches on baking sheets lined with aluminum foil, until they are golden brown and slightly charred. Alternatively, fry the sausage in batches in cast-iron or stainless-steel skillet at medium-high heat for about 8 to 10 minutes until they are golden brown. Serve immediately.
*The Contributor of this post has been compensated by KitchenAid for this post, but this post represents the Contributor’s own opinion.*