This dish is so easy that it barely qualifies as a recipe, but it's something my family enjoys nearly every year as part of our Christmas Day brunch. After the presents have been opened, we--the children, grandchildren, and sometimes a few neighbors--usually gather together at my parents' house for a wonderful meal. The menu may vary slightly, but it usually includes an egg casserole of some sort, vanilla custard and fruit, sausage balls in applesauce, homemade rolls and/or sweet breads, orange juice, and French chocolate (we usually have some leftover frosted cut-out cookies and homemade candy as well). This Christmas brunch is one of my favorite holiday traditions. I love the coziness, and I love being with family.
I've already included a few of these recipes on this blog, but I'll share some of the remaining ones in the coming days.
2 packages Jimmy Dean sausage
1 jar of your favorite applesauce (chunky applesauce doesn't work as well because it doesn't adhere to the sausage balls)
Form one-inch balls the uncooked sausage and fry until they are browned and fully cooked. Then pour a layer of applesauce in the bottom of a baking dish and arrange the cooked sausage balls so that they are partially covered in the applesauce. Put the baking dish in a 300 degree oven and heat until warm. Serve with toothpicks.