June 30, 2017

The Fourth, Stars, Cornbread & Sausage

by Marjan
I'm not ashamed to admit I love a good corndog! I don't frequently shop at the mall, but when I do, I generously treat myself to a fried hotdog on a stick. Not only do I feel like a kid again, but all the wonderful memories of my childhood at the mall rush back to me. And yes, the dog tastes pretty good too!
I have come up with a recipe to serve corndogs which are more healthy, less greasy, yet more tasty so both adults and children can enjoy. Instead of hotdogs, I've substituted quality sausage; and rather than deep frying, I bake bite size corn and sausage served with gourmet mustard. It's really fun to play around with different flavors of sausage such as chicken apple with herbs, cheese, andouille, etc. I personally like my sausage a little spicy, therefore, I stick to my favorite spicy Louisiana sausage.  Cheese lovers can even choose cheddar or mozzarella stuffed sausage for a double delight.
Try my cornbread and sausage bites for either fourth of July or your next gathering. I guarantee it to be a big hit with all your guests, young and old!

Serves 10-12
Ingredients:
1 cup cornmeal; medium grind
1 cup flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup of melted butter
2 sausage links of your choice; sliced into 1/4 inch slices (if prefer, use decorative star cutters for a fun theme to celebrate the Fourth)
**optional 2 teaspoon of finally chopped sage
muffin pan; preferably mini size

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Grease muffin pan.
Whisk first four ingredients and 2 teaspoons of sage (if using) in a large bowl to blend.  Whisk milk, sugar and egg in medium bowl to blend.
Add egg mixture to cornmeal mix along with melted butter. Stir just to combine. DO NOT OVER MIX. Pour batter into each individual muffin container to fill half way. Place slices of sausage in the middle and bake for 15-20 minutes depending on size of muffin pan. Repeat with a second batch and serve along with quality gourmet mustard and ketchup.

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