Mini Sausage Pancake Skewers with Spicy Syrup

These tiny savory skewers are perfect for breakfast or a great addition to a brunch buffet. The spicy maple syrup drizzle kicks up the flavor and adds some zest to pancakes and sausage.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins
Servings:
13
Yield:
13 skewers

Ingredients

Syrup:

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • ½ cup maple syrup

  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste

  • ½ teaspoon salt

Pancakes:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • ½ tablespoon brown sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup buttermilk

  • 1 large egg

  • 2 tablespoons sour cream

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 pound bulk regular pork sausage (such as Jimmy Dean®)

  • 13 4-inch bamboo skewers

Directions

  1. Melt butter over medium-low heat in a small saucepan. Stir in maple syrup, red pepper flakes, and salt. Bring to a boil and cook, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove syrup from heat and set aside, stirring occasionally, for at least 30 minutes for flavor to fully develop.

  2. Meanwhile, prepare pancakes: whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl. Whisk buttermilk, egg, sour cream, melted butter, and maple syrup together in a separate bowl. Pour the wet ingredients into the flour mixture. Stir gently until just combined but slightly lumpy; do not overmix. Let sit for 10 minutes.

  3. Heat a large nonstick skillet or griddle over medium heat. Drop teaspoonfuls of batter onto the hot skillet to form 1-inch diameter pancakes. Cook for about 1 to 2 minutes, flip, and continue cooking until golden brown, about 1 more minute. Transfer cooked pancakes to a plate and repeat with remaining batter.

  4. Heat olive oil in the same skillet over medium heat. Form tablespoonfuls of sausage into 1-inch patties, the same size as the mini pancakes. Cook until patties are cooked through, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.

  5. Thread 3 pancakes and 2 sausage patties onto each skewer, starting and ending with a pancake. Repeat to make remaining skewers. Serve drizzled with spicy syrup.

Tips

Cook's Notes:

The number of skewers could vary depending on the size of your pancakes and sausage patties. The pancakes should be about 1-inch, the size of a half dollar. If you prefer, you also can pipe the batter onto the pan.

Feel free to use any pork sausage flavor that you like. I've used regular, maple, and sage with good results. A drizzle of syrup really is all you need, no need to soak the skewers. If preferred, give the syrup a quick reheat in the microwave right before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

235 Calories
15g Fat
18g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 13
Calories 235
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 7g 34%
Cholesterol 50mg 17%
Sodium 484mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 52mg 4%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 168mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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