I'm always up for a challenge, and after walking the dogs and doing dishes I didn't have much to do while my darling napped this afternoon... So the creation became a reality.
I started out with a sausage. I thought about following a recipe, but figured I could just wing it. Right. Good idea, Erin. I looked at a couple recipes from Vegan Brunch and got an idea of the basics, and made my own.
1/4 tsp fennel seeds
1/4 tsp caraway seeds
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
pinch ground cloves
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp onion powder
1 Tbsp nutritional yeast
1/4 tsp molasses
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup apples that have been chopped and boiled until soft then smooshed
3 Tbsp TVP
*combine these ingredients and set aside while you set up a steamer, get the water boiling, and get 2-4 sheets of foil out (depending on how big you want your sausages)
1 Tbsp oil
3/4 cup vital wheat gluten
Mix in the final two ingredients and then form into sausages in the foil and wrap them up like candy. Steam them for about 40 minutes and then you are ready to make your pancake mix.
For the pancakes, I used this recipe that is my regular pancake recipe but I used maple syrup instead of sugar and I added a tsp of vanilla.
Next, I spread out a layer of pancake mix in the bottom of my pan and let it sit for no more than 5 seconds before placing the sausage in the middle of the pancake and wrapping the pancake around the sausage through a series of flips.
It turned out kind of pretty.
I had mine with some maple syrup, after cutting off a nice big piece for the baby to enjoy. She was unsure if she liked it or not- although it was a little saltier than she's used to and I didn't give her maple syrup.
As you can see, she's not sure she loves it. She kept eating it though (along with her carrots and strawberries).
I wouldn't eat this every day, but I think it turned out pretty good. The fennel in my sausage had a strong flavor and I could have used more apple, but it was a successful first attempt at sausage. It's "junk food" but made entirely from scratch with minimal fats. The real problem is that there's no veggies in it. I'm having a big bowl of broccoli and seaweed for dinner, that's for sure!
If you too make this abomination, please enjoy it! You could make apple pancakes to make this extra apple-y or add blueberries just to get more fruit. You could also make nice small sausages and have them along with some smaller pancakes and it wouldn't be bad.