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Maple Sausage Waffles With Cinnamon Apples
Hearty Sausage Mini Quiches
Sausage Pesto Torte

(Family Features) - As the snow finally melts, the trees begin to blossom and warm spring sunshine helps the flowers start growing, the season begins to fill up with a variety of family-time activities and events.

No matter what the occasion - Easter, Mother's Day, Graduation - you want to get the family together to share in the joy of these events. And there's no better way to get everyone together than for a hearty springtime brunch.

The warm smell of cinnamon and apples will get everyone rushing to the table for a serving of the Maple Sausage Waffles. The Hearty Sausage Mini Quiches not only add color to the table, but taste delicious. The Sausage Pesto Torte and Breakfast Casserole complete this hearty brunch that will make your springtime special occasions even more memorable.

Visit www.jimmydean.com for more springtime recipes and suggestions.

Maple Sausage Waffles With Cinnamon Apples

  • 1 package Maple Flavor Jimmy Dean Pork Sausage, cooked, crumbled and drained
  • 2 cups pancake mix
  • 1-1/3 cups milk
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 can (20 ounces) cinnamon apple fruit filling

    1. Preheat waffle iron; grease with vegetable oil or shortening.
    2. In large mixing bowl, combine pancake mix, milk, egg, vegetable oil and sausage, stirring until well blended.
    3. For each waffle, pour 1/2 cup mixture onto center of waffle iron and close lid. Bake 5 minutes. Top with fruit filling.
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Makes 12 waffles

Hearty Sausage Mini Quiches

  • 1 package Regular Flavor Jimmy Dean Pork Sausage, cooked, crumbled and drained
  • 8 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup milk or water
  • 1/2 to 1 cup shredded Cheddar, mozzarella or provolone cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or butter
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onion
  • 1/2 cup diced sweet red pepper (optional)
  • 1 cup thinly sliced mushrooms or yellow squash (optional)
  • 1 cup frozen Southern-style hash brown potatoes or diced, prebaked red potatoes (optional)
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese (optional)

    1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
    2. In large mixing bowl, combine eggs, milk or water, cheese, salt and pepper; set aside.
    3. Heat olive oil or butter in large skillet; sauté onions and any optional vegetables desired until vegetables are tender. Add vegetables and sausage to egg mixture; stir well.
    4. Place 12 foil baking cups into cupcake pan. Distribute sausage and egg mixture evenly into baking cups.
    5. Bake 22 minutes or until eggs are set. Remove from oven. Sprinkle with Parmesan if desired.
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Makes 12 cupcake-size servings
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Sausage Pesto Torte

  • 1 package Regular Flavor Jimmy Dean Pork Sausage, cooked, crumbled and drained
  • 1 refrigerated pie crust
  • 24 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained well and finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup prepared basil pesto
  • Thin tomato wedges or roasted red pepper strips (optional)
  • Fresh basil or Italian parsley leaves (optional)
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    1. Lightly grease bottom and sides of 9-inch springform pan. If using a silver pan, preheat oven to 325°F. If using a dark nonstick pan, preheat to 300°F. Insert rim of pan; press crust gently onto bottom of pan and trim edges to fit. Bake crust 5 minutes; set aside to cool.
    2. Mix cream cheese, sour cream and salt with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended.
    3. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each addition until just blended. In separate bowl, combine cooked sausage and sun-dried tomatoes with 2 cups of cheese mixture; stir well.
    4. Spread sausage mixture evenly over crust; top with remaining cheese mixture. Spoon rounded teaspoons of pesto randomly over batter. Cut through pesto and surface of batter with a knife, using a swirling motion for a marbled effect.
    5. Bake on middle oven rack at 400°F 10 minutes; reduce heat to 200°F and bake 55 to 60 minutes longer, or until center is just set.
    6. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing rim of pan from cake; run knife or metal spatula between cake and rim of pan to loosen.
    7. Cool another 30 minutes before slicing or refrigerate immediately up to one day in advance of serving time. (To reheat torte, cover loosely with foil; bake in preheated 350°F oven 25 minutes.)
    8. Garnish with tomato wedges or roasted red pepper strips and fresh herbs if desired.
    9. Serve warm within 2 hours.
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Makes 16 servings
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Notes, Tips & Suggestions
Cook's Tip: To substitute dried sun-dried tomatoes for the oil-packed variety, pour boiling water over 3/4 cup.

SOURCE: Jimmy Dean Foods
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