Do you love Brinner?  You know… Breakfast for Dinner.  Well, we LUV breakfast foods any time of the day.  In honor of our love for breakfast, we started a Breakfast, Brunch and Brinner series in partnership with Johnsonville.  We have featured easy recipe ideas that kids can cook on their own like Breakfast in a Jar and Turkey Sausage Popovers which is great for brunch.  Our Brinner Sausage Bites was muy deliciouso! Plus, find out how my little chef experimented to create his own sweet & sour sauce recipe. Sausage BitesThere is nothing better than eating breakfast for dinner.  It’s like you’re breaking the rules or something.  There are restaurants that serve breakfast all day but now you and your little chef can satisfy your evening breakfast craving in the comforts of your own home.  

Sausage BitesFor the Sausage Bites recipe, we used Johnsonville fresh breakfast sausage patty, 2 puff pastry sheets, eggs, parsley, thyme and salt & pepper.  When we decided on this recipe, my little chef was adamant about making a sweet and sour sauce.  I thought a typical sweet and sour sauce will be too heavy for our bites but my little chef suggested using honey & lemon.  I love when he gets creative and comes up with new ideas in the kitchen.  It helps builds his confidence to try new things in other areas in his life.  I believe that we have to give our kids a safe place to learn how to take risk and try new things.

Sausage BitesTo start, place the fresh sausage patties in a bowl along with the eggs, salt, pepper, thyme and parsley.

Sausage Bites


Use kitchen sheers or scissors to make cutting fresh herbs easier for kids.

Sausage BitesMix the ingredients in the bowl with your hands. Kids love mixing foods with their hands.  It’s messy but it makes cooking so much fun.

Sausage Bites

To make the bites, place a pastry sheet on parchment or wax paper and cut along the seams. Add small amounts of the sausage mix in the middle of the pastry sheet rectangles.  Roll both sides of the pastry dough to meet in the middle and pinch together.  Then cut the long sausage rolls and cut into smaller pieces.  There’s a lot of cutting in this recipe, but using a pizza cutter makes it easier and fun for kids.

Sausage BitesPlace the uncooked sausage bites on a cookie sheet and use a fork to poke holes in the center to make sure the pastry doesn’t puff up too much.  Then brush the top of the pastry with a simple egg wash.  Take a look at our Cheesy Puff recipe on how to make an egg wash.  Bake in a preheated oven for 15-20 mins at 425 degrees.

Sausage BitesWhile the bites are cooking, it’s time to make the sauce.  Like I shared, my little chef was really excited about making the sauce his way.  We started with 1/2 cup of honey and lemon juice and simmered in a small saucepan.  He wanted it to be his own recipe, but I encouraged him to add cornstarch and water to help thicken up sauce.  He later added maple syrup because he wanted it to have a bit more color and sweetness.  Even though I was nervous about how it would turn out, he confidently tested out his creation with pride.  And you know what…. it was pretty darn delicious!

Sausage Bites We had enough sausage mix to make another batch with the second pastry puff sheet.  The Sausage Bites were fun to dip for the kids and super tasty.

Sausage Brinner Cooking is such a great way for kids to take the lead and make their own decisions.  As parents, it can be hard to give up control but its more important to give your kids a chance to shine.signature

Sausage Bites with Maple Lemon Sauce
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For Sausage Bites
  1. 1 12 oz. package of Johnsonville Original Recipe Breakfast Sausage Patties
  2. 2 puff pastry sheets
  3. 1 egg
  4. 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  5. 1/4 cups of parsley, cut
  6. 1 teaspoon thyme
  7. 1 teaspoon salt
  8. 1 teaspoon pepper
For Egg Wash
  1. 1 organic egg
  2. 1 Tablespoon water
For Maple Lemon Sauce
  1. 1/2 cup maple syrup
  2. 1/2 lemon, juiced
  3. 1/2 cup honey
  4. 1/2 cup water
  5. 1 Tablespoon - cornstarch
For Sausage Bites
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Unwrap puff pastry sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, mix the sausage, breadcrumbs, eggs, thyme, parsley, and salt & pepper with your hands.
  3. Cut along the pastry puff sheets fold lines to create three strips.
  4. Take a small amount of the sausage mix and place down the center of puff pastry strips.
  5. Fold the long sides of puff pastry over to meet in middle and press seam to seal.
  6. Cut each roll into small equal pieces (about 2 inches).
  7. Make an egg wash by beat 1 egg and 1 teaspoon of water. Place on baking sheet and brush the rolls with egg wash.
  8. Poke holes in the middle of the small rolls to prevent over puffing.
  9. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until puffed and golden brown.
  10. Follow the same steps with the remaining sausage and puff pastry.
For Maple Lemon Sauce
  1. Over medium-high heat, combine honey, lemon juice and maple syrup in a saucepan.
  2. Combine water and cornstarch and stir in water mixture.
  3. Cook and stir until mixture thickens.
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Chef Julian has had a love for cooking since the age of 3. Now as the CEO and Head Kid Chef of The Step Stool Chef, he is focused on empowering kids to be leaders in the kitchen. Chef Julian has been featured on the covers of magazines, newspapers as well as made guest appearances on all major TV networks, conferences and food festivals and is known for his fun & easy approach to cooking.

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