Disclosure: I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for P.A.N. Cornmeal. I received product samples as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
Having two smaller children in the house can make some meals interesting. If I’m not careful, they will have nothing but cereal, waffles, yogurt and sandwiches to eat all day long. Not that any of that is bad, but I do try to get lots of colorful foods in my kids diets and a variety of flavors, colors and textures. So I try to make mealtimes fun and this summer it’s been necessary to cultivate a little more creativity to get them excited about new things. My kids love corn dogs, they also love sausage, eggs and toast for breakfast. It wasn’t long before I had a magical idea that transformed breakfast for us all.
It all started with this little bag of cornmeal. P.A.N. Cornmeal is a staple in many South American homes. In fact, it’s the number one selling brand of cornmeal in all of South America and is so versatile. You can use it for a variety of meals, whether it’s for breakfast (or brunch), dinner, or even dessert! I came up with a delicious batter that would be amazing for corndogs, but I decided to use it for little breakfast bites instead. Little bites of sausage wrapped in an egg scramble and covered with this cornbread batter. Then I pulled out the deep fryer to get a nice crisp texture with a delicate and tasty middle. Just as I thought, the kids love it and gobbled it right up. I already have requests for other filling ideas, but I quite like this recipe as is.
Now the batter can be a bit tricky since it is a sticky one. Once you get it down, it’s super easy and the breakfast bites will be smooth and golden. Since there are some rising ingredients, you really only need a thin layer of the batter before it’s dropped into the fryer, the breading will expand and puff up into a beautiful golden bite of deliciousness. Are you ready to try? For more delicious cornmeal inspiration, check out the P.A.N. Cornmeal tumblr page.
Sausage and Egg Filling Ingredients:
- 1/4 red bell pepper
- 1/4 green bell pepper
- extra virgin olive oil
- 4 large eggs
- 6 maple flavored sausage links
- 1 cup all purpose flour, divided
- 3/4 cup P.A.N. cornmeal
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup milk
- canola oil (for frying)
How to make the breakfast bites:
Crack the eggs in a bowl, then whisk them until blended. Add the eggs to the pan with the bell peppers and lightly scramble. Spread around the pan and continue to cook on low when the eggs are still loose and uncooked. Let sit until eggs are cooked through in a flat layer.
Once the eggs and sausage are done, fill up your deep fryer with oil and set the temperature to about 360 degrees. While the oil is heating up, add 2/3 cup of the flour, the cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, salt, garlic powder, smoked paprika and baking soda to a dish. Mix the ingredients until well combined.
Tip: Before you start dipping the breakfast bites in the batter, it helps to spray your hands with non-stick cooking spray.Since the batter is so sticky this really helps make the batter pliable and smooth so it won’t stick to your hands. Be sure to spray your hands between each breakfast bite too!