18 September 2009

Royal Foodie Joust

Chicken Apple Sausage


It has been a little while since I entered the monthy event the Royal Foodie Joust over at Jenn's site Leftover Queen . Jenn is our talented and industrious mentor who developed the Foodie Blog Roll which now has over 5,000 members. When I started entering the Joust I remember saying it had a mere 1,000 members. How times change!!! Can you imagine visiting so many wonderful food blogs!!! Each month the previous month's winner of the Joust chooses 3 ingredients for the following months challenge. The Royal Foodie Joust is a fun monthly peer voted competition that is hosted on TheLeftoverQueen/FoodieBlogroll Forum! Like a fine wine it gets better with age. Every month the competition gets stiffer and more creative as Jousters try to outdo each other! I would agree and say that it is also one of the friendliest competitions I have ever seen. As Jenn says, "We don’t bite, unless of course there is real food in our faces."



This month the winner chose:

apples, cayenne pepper and maple syrup.

Let the GAMES BEGIN!!!!!!!!!!!I immediately thought of some delicious chicken/apple sausages I wanted to duplicate. Now you could have these for dinner with a roasted sweet potato mash and an apple cider sauce, but for this time around I chose to have these beauties for my breakfast with the works...sunny-side up eggs, hashbrowns and Canadian bacon. This is a simple and homey use of the 3 ingredients that is sure to please. If you have any leftovers bring on the puff pastry and make heart-healthy sausage rolls for a great beginning for any cocktail party......very retro!!!!


** Chicken-Apple Sausage**

2 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
1 teaspoon minced garlic
2 small Fuji apples, peeled and grated
2 pounds ground chicken breast
1/4 to 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
1 tablespoon chopped sage
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
salt and pepper

In a large, heavy skillet heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions and apples and cook, stirring, for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Remove from the pan and cool. In a large bowl combine the chicken, maple syrup, thyme, sage, salt, pepper and cayenne. Add the cooled onion mixture and mix well.

On a plastic-covered surface, form the mixture into 8 (4-ounce) patties, about 3 inches in diameter each. Heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a 12-inch skillet over high heat. Add 4 patties to the pan and cook until golden brown, about 3 to 4 minutes per side. Remove from the pan and serve hot. Melt the butter in a nonstick saute pan over medium heat.

For a hearty breakfast serve with eggs, hashbrowns and bacon.

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25 comments:

  1. I've got house guests coming for the weekend and made turkey apple sausage with fresh sage using a recipe I adapted from Emeril. Although they're good, I think these would beat them hands down. I'm sure it is because of the maple syrup. Who wouldn't be happy to be served that gorgeous breakfast on the cheerful blue plate.
    Sam

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  2. Wow, what a great creation Val!! I love the flavors and what you turned them into. This is a winner!

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  3. My life is just so eventful at the moment, that I do not get to any food events. You always make time and this time you have once again showed a easy way of using the chosen ingredients.

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  4. Delicious looking. The sausage looks wonderful.

    I complained forever that I couldn't get into the Joust, and now when I finally can, I haven't had the nerve to participate. I'd rather just watch what everyone else does. ;-)

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  5. The sausage sounds super delicious with apples, maple syrup & a spicy kick from the cayenne! Great entry, love it!

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  6. I love these sausages, Val! They look absolutely great!!!! Maple syrup and sausage were just meant for each other. It is great to have you back in the Joust, and I really invite your commentors to join us this month! These are beautifully simple ingredients that you can do so much with!

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  7. I love chicken sausage, but I've never thought of making my own!

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  8. Wow - that's a breakfast that will last you all day! Each and every component looks wonderfu.

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  9. A yummy and hearty breakfast dish!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  10. Vall this look absolutely delicious!!!
    I s a lovely entry Vall!gloria

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  11. Great dish, Val! These sound so delicious :D

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  12. These look wonderful, Val! I think I'd better get jousting!!!

    I love apple-chicken sausage and never think about making my own.

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  13. WOW, that looks so incredibly YUMMYYYY!!!

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  14. Apple and chicken what a Fab combo.Thats such a good breakfast.

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  15. I'd certainly vote for that. Absolutely my kind of breakfast, especially alongside the eggs, hashbrowns and bacon!

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  16. Hands off, I say to myslef. Beautiful to look at - but not my ideal brekfast these days of diet!

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  17. Sounds interesting! Those are some great ingredients for this month. I love the look of that plate of food. What a great meal.

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  18. This is excellent. I have dropped in on your blog in the past, but I really love this sausage recipe. Thanks for sharing... I will be back

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  19. Mmm what a great idea! Those flavors are perfect together. Good luck in the joust!

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  20. Great sausages, Val! I've loved making my own sausages lately, too. So easy and you can control what goes in them. This combo looks great!

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  21. Making your own sausage is quite ambitious- kudos to you! What a fabulous combination of flavors to incorporate. Sounds like a yummy breakfast!

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  22. lip smackingly good looking...I love that kind of blue pattern dishes as well, it all looks enticing,as usual. Loved the lemon tart a bit back as well..

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  23. Good luck in the Joust Val!!! It looks simply delicious :D It's the kind of breakfast my husband would love to have every single day ;D

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  24. What's so awesome about apples is the fact that they play with protein and meat well. I love the sweetness with the sausage, excellent job Val :)

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  25. I did a post on breakfast turkey sausage that's similar to this. I added a link over to your blog so people could see yours with the chicken and maple syrup and also your gorgeous presentation. Hope you enjoyed your weekend in San Fran.
    Sam

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Val

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