Sunday, February 22, 2009

Chicken Sausage Patties

I love to cook but hate, I repeat, hate cooking breakfast. I'm not a morning person and the thought of pots, pans, mess in the early hours...well, it's just not my cup of tea. However, I love eating leisurely and comforting weekend breakfasts. What's a gal to do? Make these yummy sausages ahead and then just reheat them with some (already made) pancakes or even a frozen waffle. The apple gives this recipe a sweet and unexpected twist.

Chicken Sausage Patties

1 tablespoon butter
1 green apple, finely chopped
1 small onion, finely chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoon fennel seed
1 1/2 pounds ground chicken breast
1 1/2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
1 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling

Heat a small nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add butter and melt. Add apples and onions and season with a little salt, pepper and fennel seeds. Gently saute the mixture 5 minutes to soften and remove from heat to cool.

Heat a griddle pan or large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.

Place chicken in a bowl and season with salt and pepper, poultry seasoning, allspice, paprika and a healthy drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil. Add in the apples, onions and fennel and mix the sausage. Form 12 small patties. Cook patties 4 to 5 minutes on each side (until cooked through) and serve warm.

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