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For a sweet and savory way to start your day, whether you are looking for a grab-and-go breakfast or whipping up brunch for a crowd, you’ve got to try this easy Maple Dijon Apple and Turkey Sausage Breakfast Sliders recipe.
Maple Dijon Apple and Turkey Sausage Breakfast Sliders
Disclaimer: I’m partnering with Jennie-O to bring you this recipe. As always, all opinions are my own.
You know, I’m pretty proud of my lunchbox-packing for my kids. No, it’s not those super detailed, cookie-cutter-ed pieces of art that some people make. Not every single piece of food is homemade from scratch. And some days, after we’ve rotated through the cycle of acceptable lunchtime vegetables, and all I can even try to convince them to eat is three carrot sticks, I still think I do alright. There’s variety. It’s mostly healthy. Even when the veggies are in question, there’s always fruit. But the kicker is that they actually eat it. All of it.
However when it comes to breakfast, I feel pretty lame. I want to make sure they get some protein and produce before they head out the door to a land filled with cheese crackers and syrup containers (don’t ask – that’s another story for another time). Plus I like to make breakfast the night before. That means, basically, that I’m a boring breakfast mom. Nine times out of ten, I’ve stirred together fruit and yogurt which I’ve popped in the fridge overnight, then I’ll top it with some granola or cereal in the morning.
Since I get up at the crack of dawn all week and try to do one long run on the weekends, I’m not usually flipping pancakes waiting for my kids to bound down the steps. And seriously, heaven forbid they come downstairs and breakfast takes longer than opening a box of cereal. Oh, did I forget to mention that my kids wake up at 6:30 am on a good day? Even on the weekends. Heck they think weekends are so awesome that oftentimes they wake up even earlier. And that most often happens when we’ve been up late the night before.
Yeah, so I’m going to let the boys keep believing that toast with peanut butter or a bowl of cereal is a special treat for them until they realize that keeping the decibel level below lawnmower level until at least 8:00 am is a special treat for mommy and daddy.
So you can imagine how excited they were when, on a Saturday morning when I had a rare bout of insomnia, they came downstairs to these…
After chowing down on them, I asked The Bug what he thought of these Maple Dijon Apple and Turkey Sausage Breakfast Sliders. He said, “Mommy, I love that it was a little crispy and sweet and soft, but with the delicious meat and cheese.” So, you know, if you speak fluent five-year-old, you know that means it was pretty much awesome. And I think what he was trying to say was that the fluffy roll and tender apples were perfectly balanced by the toasty caramelized exterior and the perfectly seasoned turkey sausage. The Hubby thought that the maple buttery topping that I poured over it before baking gave it a French toast-like taste and texture. His only suggestion (which I will note in the recipe) is that he would have liked even more meat in the sliders. That’s what you get when you marry the world’s biggest carnivore. Or maybe that’s what you get when you use Jennie-O Lean Mild Turkey Breakfast Sausage…
I am so excited to be partnering with Jennie-O this year as part of the Switch Circle. With my genetic high cholesterol and wheat allergy, as well as The Hubby’s diverticulitis, products from Jennie-O provide a delicious and nutritious option for us to continue to enjoy things like bacon and sausage for breakfast. He also loves those fast food or pre-made breakfast sandwiches, but I love that I can use Jennie-O to make a healthier version for him. In fact, I wrapped up the leftoverMaple Dijon Apple and Turkey Sausage Breakfast Sliders so that he can pull them out when he is craving one for breakfast.
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Maple Dijon Apple and Turkey Sausage Breakfast Sliders
- 16 ounces Jennie-O Lean Mild Turkey Breakfast Sausage, see note
- 12 slider size whole wheat potato rolls or other slider rolls
- 1/4 cup plus 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard divided
- 2 Tablespoons maple syrup divided
- 6 slices cheddar cheese, cut into quarters (about 4 oz)
- 1 large apple thinly sliced
- 4 Tablespoons melted unsalted butter
- 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 Tablespoon maple syrup
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Meanwhile, slice package of turkey sausage into 12 slices and flatten a bit. Preheat skillet to medium high, spray with cooking spray, and cook sausage 5-7 minutes per side or until done.
- Open buns and place the bottoms in a 9×13 inch glass baking dish. Set out the tops cut side up.
- Stir together 1/4 cup Dijon mustard and 1 Tablespoon maple syrup, and spread a thin layer on the inside top and bottom of each roll.
- Place one quarter slice of cheese on the inside bottom of each roll, then top each with apple slices, dividing evenly between the sliders. Top each slider with sausage patties and one quarter slice of the remaining cheese. Then place the tops of the buns on top of the sandwiches.
- In small bowl, mix together melted butter,1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard, and 1 Tablespoon maple syrup. Using a pastry brush, brush the tops of the rolls with all of the butter mixture.
- Bake in the preheated oven for about 15-20 minutes or until the tops are lightly browned and crisp, and the cheese is melted.
- Serve right away or cool and store in the freezer, thawing and reheating as needed.
Here are a few more breakfast recipes where you can use Jennie-O…
- Turkey Sausage, Broccoli and Tomato Crustless Quiche
- Cauliflower Hash Browns Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole
- Bacon Cheddar Quiche with Tomatoes and Pineapple
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