We wrap these up two-by-two, and freeze them for those Sunday mornings when we want the taste and aroma of sausage without all the mix and muss.
In GUILTY AS CINNAMON, Laurel serves these to Pepper for Sunday breakfast on the houseboat. Laurel's teenage son loves them, too.
"Upstairs, feet hit the floor. Laurel smiled. "The smell of coffee means nothing to that boy. But sausage? Better than any alarm clock."
Mr. Right’s Baked Spicy Morning Sausages1 pound lean pork sausage
1/2 teaspoon salt (kosher or flakes pack the best flavor punch)
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon fennel seeds, toasted (see below)
½ teaspoon cayenne
½ cup panko bread crumbs
½ cup grated Parmesan
Nonstick cooking spray
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Toast the fennel seeds by heating them in a small, heavy frying pan over medium heat, about five minutes, stirring often. They will turn golden brown and give your kitchen a lovely fragrance. We grind them lightly in a mortar and pestle.
In a large bowl, break up the sausage with a spoon or your hands. Mix in the salt, pepper flakes, fennel seeds, cayenne, bread crumbs, and Parmesan.
Shape the sausage into small patties, about 3" round and half an inch thick. Spray a glass or ceramic baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Lay the patties in the dish, an inch or two apart.
Bake about 20 minutes or until golden brown but slightly tender to the touch in the middle. You may want to stick a knife in one to make sure they are thoroughly cooked and hot.
One pound of sausage yields twelve small patties.
Murder heats up Seattle’s Pike Place Market in GUILTY AS CINNAMON, the second Spice Shop mystery from the national bestselling author of ASSAULT AND PEPPER.
"A zesty mix of a mystery with all the right ingredients to keep readers turning pages as quickly as possible. Delicious!" -- Suspense Magazine
"Leslie Budewitz is quickly becoming one of my favorite cozy mystery writers! I love how she blends together world building and character development to create just the perfect atmosphere for her stories.” -- Fresh Fiction
Leslie Budewitz is the author of the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries and the Spice Shop Mysteries—and the first author to win Agatha Awards for both fiction and nonfiction. The president of Sisters in Crime, she lives in northwest Montana with her husband, a musician and doctor of natural medicine, and their cat Ruff, a cover model and avid bird-watcher.
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