Well they are almost non-existant in Canada. I don't know why. We have chickens. We grow apples. Weird!
Anyways, my vegetarian meatball recipe turned out so well that I decided to alter it to try and replicate the flavour of those breakfast sausages in a vegan alternative. Another winner! Oh, I'm having so much fun with this!!
They aren't quite as believable as the 'meat'balls as meat, but super yummy, nutritious and satisfying. A perfect side for, say, some buckwheat blueberry pancakes.
I've entered this recipe in the Wellness Weekend Event over at Diet Dessert and Dogs.
1 cup sprouted bean mix (available at Costco and health food stores)*
3 cups water
1oz (about 8.5g) dried mushrooms**
18g unsweetened crispy apple chips (not dried apples)***
1 large or 2 small shallots, peeled and halved
1 small golden delicious apple
2 cloves garlic
2 tbls cider vinegar
1 tsp pure maple syrup
1/4 tsp ground sage
1/8 tsp ground savoury
1/8 tsp ground thyme
1/2 tsp kosher salt, or to taste
2 tbls chickpea flour
2 tbls quinoa flakes (oats might work too)
A few drops liquid smoke, to taste (optional)
Place beans and water in a large pot over high heat. Once water begins to boil, turn heat down to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Then turn off heat and let stand. Meanwhile, place mushrooms and apple chips in food processor and process until finely ground (this will take a few minutes). Add shallot and apple and process until very finely chopped. Add all remaining ingredients except beans and process for another 10-15 seconds. Add drained beans and pulse until mixture is combined and sticks together (beans should be well chopped, but not pureed).
Form mixture into small balls, flatten into discs (sausage 'patties') and place on baking sheet lined with foil and sprayed with non-stick spray. Bake at 350F for about 25-30 minutes (the size of your apple may affect how wet/dry your mixture is, which will affect cooking time). Let cool and then remove from sheet. Use as you would breakfast sausages. To reheat, cook on an oiled skillet or in a frying pan until heated through on both sides. Makes 24 patties.
*I wouldn't use canned beans for this. Instead, soak and cook 1 cup of dried beans if you cannot find the sprouted ones.
**I used white button this time (if you live in Toronto, most grocery stores have dried mushrooms. I got mine at Fiesta Farms, which has a good selection).
***I used this brand of apple chips: