Pancake Sausage Bites

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Sometimes you just need to fry something. It’s a necessary evil.
Sure frying isn’t good for you, well neither is picking your nose, but I see people do that all the time. We will call it even.

I needed to get my brain working overtime because I wanted to created a recipe for the Johnsonville Wake Up To Johnsonville Photo Recipe Contest.

My husband might have had a little influence on this one. He always comes up with some whacked out food ideas. He wanted these on a stick, but the sausage links are just too thin for that, so I decided on the balls.

They are mighty tasty, mighty tasty indeed! Certainly not your everyday breakfast meal, but they sure are a nice delight every once in a while….you know, when you need a little oil in your life.

You can enter the Johnsonville Wake Up To Johnsonville Contest too.
Go to their Facebook Page, upload your Johnsonville Sausage Breakfast creation and you will be entered for the grand prize of an 11 piece set of professional cookware from ScanPan and a years supply of Johnsonville Sausage. Hurry, Contest ends May 13th!


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Pancake Sausage Bites
Recipe type: breakfast,appetizer
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Serves: 6
Pancake Sausage Bites. Cooked sausage balls delightfully fried in a pancake coating served with a cream maple dipping sauce.
  • Peanut Oil or Canola Oil for frying
  • 1 package Johnsonville Sausage Patties(8 ct), original recipe
  • 1½ cups Bisquick
  • 1 tablespoon Sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon Cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Egg
  • ½ cup Milk + 2 Tablespoons
  • 1 /2 cup Pure Maple Syrup
  • 1 tablespoon Butter
  • 2 tablespoon Heavy cream
  1. Place about 2" oil in a sauce pan and heat to 350
  2. Place the sausage patties in a medium bowl.
  3. Break them up so they are no longer formed.
  4. Reform into about 22 1½ teaspoon sized balls.
  5. Place the sausage balls in a large skillet over medium heat and cook for about 15 minutes, turning often.
  6. Remove and drain on a plate lined with paper towels.
  7. In a medium bowl, mix together the bisquick ,sugar and cinnamon.
  8. Whisk in the vanilla, egg and milk until smooth.
  9. Pick up a cooked sausage ball with a toothpick and dip into the batter, completely cover the sausage with batter.
  10. Carefully lower into the oil and fry for about 1- 1½ minutes or until golden brown.
  11. Remove and drain on a paper towel lined plate
Creamy Maple Dipping Sauce
  1. Pour the maple syrup into a small bowl and add the butter.
  2. Microwave for about 45 seconds.
  3. Remove and stir to incorporate the syrup and butter.
  4. Add the heavy cream and stir.


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  1. 1

    I don’t normally eat breakfast but that could all change if I had some of these!

  2. 2

    ohhhh, delicious idea for breakfast!

  3. 3

    What a cute idea! My kids love to eat things with toothpicks…so I would have to serve them with the toothpicks still in!

  4. 4

    Love these! Perfect for a special breakfast.

  5. 5

    yes yes yes!

  6. 6

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe, Leslie! My Hubby will love this 🙂

  7. 7

    Yep…some things ARE JUST MEANT TO BE FRIED! My hubby would be all over these!!!

  8. 8

    Pretty sure my kids would love these–great idea!

  9. 9

    Is there a way to bake these instead of frying them?? Will they still hold their shape?

  10. 11

    You never fail to impress. Looks great!

  11. 12

    My mouth is watering!! These look so good. I’m sure things could get out of hand with these balls quick!

  12. 13

    YUMM!! We are making these right now!

  13. 14

    OMG these are little little balls of happiness. You are so clever!

  14. 15

    These were amazing! Thanks

  15. 18

    you are my hero! seriously! omg!

  16. 19

    Whoa, these look delicious! I’m pretty sure if I make these I’ll devour the whole batch!

  17. 20

    Cute idea….I bet the kids LOVE it!

  18. 21

    These look dangerously delicious!

  19. 22

    omg, these are just like those jimmy deans pancake sausage corn dogs!! 😀 i love those!! & these are super cute, i`ll have to try to make these. hehe

  20. 23

    These are incredibly genius and now I want them for dinner!

  21. 24

    your creamified syrup is amazing for this, leslie! what a great idea.

  22. 25

    Wow…This is really nice. Probably add some chopped coriander and garlic into sausage mix would be nice too. I like it be fragrant.

  23. 26

    Was wondering about flavors? Maybe blueberry, and do you think I could do these ahead of time and freeze them. Have a special weekend coming up with grandsons and great nephews…would love to fix them and freeze til then and reheat in oven or mircrowave?? What do you think?

    • 27

      I am really weird about freezing stuff. I am sure you could make them ahead of time, the pancake covering might just not be as soft.
      I ate them straight out of the oil and had a nice burn on the tongue to prove it 🙂

  24. 28

    My daughter loves to wrap her sausage in her pancakes and then dip them into her maple syrup. I bet she will love these!

  25. 29

    I made these for my family the other night–DELICIOUS!!! You almost need 2 people making them; one for dipping in the batter & one to cook them, they fry up so fast. I made them without the maple dipping sauce & we used regular maple syrup, still tasted really good. Will definitely make these again 😀

  26. 30

    Mixed feelings here. I’m sad because I thought I dreamed these up in the car today and had an ORIGINAL IDEA. Of course, when I came home and Google’d it, I found your recipe. Sigh. But…I’m happy because I discovered your blog. They look just as I imagined them 🙂