Chicken Fried Sausage BitesHILLSHIRE FARM
Have you ever ordered fried chicken strips or chicken nuggets and wondered if anyone has ever thought about creating a fried sausage nuggets appetizer, or even a main course? Think about how great it would be to dredge smoky cocktail sausages in an egg and flour mixture and then fry them till they’re a crispy-crunchy golden brown…
Tip: Remove one or two Lit’l Smokies from the package to use later for your homemade white country gravy recipe.
Well, we have the perfect recipe for you using bite-sized Hillshire Farm Lit’l Smokies. These chicken fried sausage bites make a delicious side dish, appetizer, or even the main course for your family dinner.
And don’t forget to serve with a ramekin of creamy, white gravy for dipping. Traditional white gravy — also known as country gravy — is typically made with drippings leftover from frying or sauteing sausage links. Since the Lit’l Smokies in this recipe are battered before frying, there are no sausage drippings left behind in the pan to incorporate into your gravy. However, you can make the gravy in the pan with leftover cooking oil you used to make your fried sausage bits. It might not contain a lot of sausage drippings, but it will have enough to give your gravy a subtle smoky flavor.
Combine and whisk whole milk and flour in the pan you used to fry the sausage bites and then let the gravy to thicken over a low flame, while continuously stirring. Season to taste with salt and pepper. If you want more of that smoky-meaty flavor in your gravy, chop the one or two Lit’l Smokies sausages you removed earlier from the package and place the chopped pieces in the leftover oil for two or three minutes before adding milk and flour. You don’t even have to use the same Lit’l Smokies sausage in your homemade gravy. Consider using a different Hillshire Farm cocktail links flavor, like Cheddar and Jalapeno Lit’l Smokies Smoked Sausage.
- Preheat the oil in a deep skillet over medium heat.
- Mix the flour, salt and pepper in a mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs.
- Dredge the cocktail links in flour and coat well, shake off excess. Next, coat in eggs ensuring cocktail links are well covered. Remove from the egg and dredge back into the flour mixture, shake off excess.
- In small batches, carefully place into the hot oil and cook for 3-5 minutes or until golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain onto a stack of paper towels.
- Heat gravy in microwave safe bowl until warm, serve as dipping sauce for cocktail links.
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.