Mini Cornmeal Sausages with Creamy Honey Mustard

Mini Cornmeal Sausages with Creamy Honey Mustard

Whether it’s Grey Cup, Super Bowl or simply having pals over to watch fight night, Mini Cornmeal Sausages with Creamy Honey Mustard are a man’s dream snack, aside from chicken wings of course. It’s pretty hard not to like battered and fried meat on a stick.  They’re fun and easy to make, and crazy good to eat. 

Let me start by saying, these aren’t your typical mini corn dog.  They’re made with cocktail sausages which gives them a meatier texture and better flavour than a regular hot dog.  The cocktail sausages that I used were a double smoked and triple cheese flavour.  Both amazing wrapped up in a cornmeal batter.  I also like the cocktail sausage because they’re a perfect size at 2” long, so there’s no cutting required and it makes them a great two-bite appetizer. 

The creamy honey mustard sauce has a subtle tang and a hint of sweetness.  So good, crispy and warm right out of the hot oil and dunked in sauce. No special equipment needed either, just a pot and a thermometer.  I own a deep fryer that has a removable basin for easy clean up, but in reality, nothing cleans up easier than a single pot.  So there’s really no excuse not to make these yummy Mini Cornmeal Sausages with Creamy Honey Mustard.  So go on and get your pals over, because this recipe makes about 48 and you’ll want to share.  Enjoy!

Author:  Compelled To Cook

Mini Cornmeal Sausages with Creamy Honey Mustard
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Servings Prep Time
48 pieces 30 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
48 pieces 30 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Mini Cornmeal Sausages with Creamy Honey Mustard
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
48 pieces 30 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
48 pieces 30 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Ingredients
Cornmeal Sausages
Creamy Honey Mustard
Servings: pieces
Instructions
Creamy Honey Mustard
  1. Whisk together all ingredients in a small bowl. Keep chilled until ready to use.
Cornmeal Sausages
  1. Using a pot or dutch oven, add enough oil to come up at least 3". Clip a high-temperature thermometer to the side of the pot so the tip is submerged but not touching the bottom. Heat oil to 350℉.
  2. While the oil is heating, skewer the cocktail sausages. Whisk together remaining ingredients for batter until just combined yet smooth. Pour batter into a large, tall glass to aid in dipping sausages. (see note)
  3. When the oil is hot, dip sausages into batter one at a time, coating completely. Add to hot oil and cook for 2-2 1/2 minutes per side until golden. Repeat with remaining sausages. Depending on the size of your pot, you'll be able to cook 6-8 at a time.
  4. Remove with tongs to a paper towel lined plate to drain excess fat. Serve immediately with Creamy Honey Mustard.
Recipe Notes

-use a deep fryer if desired.

-I found cocktail sausages at Costco.

-pour batter into a large, tall glass to aid in dipping the sausages if desired.  Because they're only 2" long, using a bowl will work fine.

-if you want to cook half now and half later in the day to always eat them fresh and crispy, simply cover and refrigerate unused batter and re-whisk prior to using.

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Okay, I’ll say it….BACK TO SCHOOL is upon us!  For some, this will be a welcome event, as everyone falls back into a structured routine.  For others, it marks the end of summer, saying goodbye to camping and late night fires.  As for me, it’s a reason to bake up wonderfully moist Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins.  Perfect to grab and go in the morning on your way out the door, lunch boxes or a mid day snack to get you through the day. 

The recipe for Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins makes 14 rather plump muffins.  I know, I know, 14 is not the norm as everyone expects to get 12.  I’ve considered mucking around with the amounts to bring the volume down, but I ask myself why?  They’re perfect the way they are, and frankly, the more muffins the merrier.  I know my husband would agree, and you won’t regret having a couple extra tender, chocolaty muffins either.  Enjoy!   

Recipe source for Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins:  Compelled To Cook

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins
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Servings Prep Time
14 Muffins 25 minutes
Cook Time
18-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
14 Muffins 25 minutes
Cook Time
18-20 minutes
Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins
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Servings Prep Time
14 Muffins 25 minutes
Cook Time
18-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
14 Muffins 25 minutes
Cook Time
18-20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Muffins
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350℉ and line 14-18 muffin tins with paper cups.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together sugar and oil. Add eggs one at a time, whisking well after each. Peel and mash bananas, add to bowl along with yogurt, orange juice and vanilla. Whisk to combine well, then add flour mixture, whisking until just combined and starting to smooth out. Stir in chocolate chips.
  4. For large muffins, scoop a generous 1/3 cup of batter per muffin tin. For smaller muffins, use a 1/4 cup of batter per muffin tin.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 18-20 minutes, depending on size. Remove from oven and allow to cool in pan slightly before moving to a cooling rack to cool completely.
Recipe Notes

Will keep for several days at room temperature wrapped individually or in a sealed container.  They freeze well wrapped individually and will keep for up to a month.

Looking for more great muffins?  You’ll want to try Pumpkin Seed and Nut Muffins

Tempura Asparagus with Soy Dipping Sauce

Tempura Asparagus with Soy Dipping Sauce

Some years ago, one of my favourite appetizers served at The Keg was a tempura battered asparagus.  In the mix was also snow peas or green beans, but it’s been so long that I just can’t seem to remember.  What I do remember, is that the asparagus was the star of the show, hands down!  Crisp green spears, lightly battered and fried golden were amazing with a soy dipping sauce.  Since the dish is no longer on the menu, I decided to make it for myself, and share with you today Tempura Asparagus with Soy Dipping Sauce.  You see, it’s simply the best when you can enjoy your favourites at home.

The recipe uses crisp fresh asparagus spears, but truthfully, you could use a multitude of vegetables of your liking.  Think zucchini, green beans, mushrooms, a vegetable Fritto Misto really. For me, it’s asparagus all the way, lightly coated and fried till just tender and plunged into a garlic and ginger studded soy sauce.  They’re addictive to say the least. Enjoy!

Recipe source for Tempura Asparagus:  Compelled To Cook

Tempura Asparagus with Soy Dipping
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Servings Prep Time
4-6 people 25 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 people 25 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Tempura Asparagus with Soy Dipping
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
4-6 people 25 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 people 25 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Soy Dipping Sauce
Asparagus
Servings: people
Instructions
Soy Dipping Sauce
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together all ingredients except sliced scallions. Set aside.
Asparagus
  1. Add enough oil to a large deep pot or dutch oven to come up the sides at least 3 inches. Attach a high heat thermometer to the side and heat oil to 350℉. Alternatively, you can use a deep fryer set to 350℉.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together water, flour, white wine, egg, cornstarch, baking soda and salt until smooth. Set aside while oil is heating and asparagus is prepped.
  3. Trim woody ends from asparagus (about 2"). If some stalks are quite a bit thicker than others, thin by lightly peeling with a vegetable peeler to create more uniform stalks.
  4. Once the oil is hot, dip individual asparagus spears into batter to evenly coat and tap off excess batter. Add to hot oil one at a time, cooking 6-8 per batch and cook for about 2 minutes per side depending on size. Remove with a slotted scoop to a paper towel lined tray and repeat with remaining asparagus.
  5. Divided soy dipping sauce into small serving bowls and serve asparagus along side. Garnish with scallions and serve immediately.

Chocolate Cherry Loaf

Chocolate Cherry Loaf

As much as it pains me to turn my oven on in the summer, giving off unnecessary heat when the goal is to keep the house cool, I just can’t stop baking for months.  I ask myself who could?  I guess as a food blogger the thought astonishes me and as I write this I’m shaking my head and thinking, “nope, it can’t be done”.  Lucky for both you and me that I feel this way, because out of the heat rises the most amazing Chocolate Cherry Loaf.

I’m a big fan of loaves!  Not because they’re moist, tender, buttery, filled with nuts or chocolate, it’s because they’re simple, versatile and generally quite easy to prepare.  I also like the ability to cut the loaf into thick slices, wrap individually and grab and go right from the freezer.  My husband Mark calls them “loafcicles” and sometimes can’t wait long enough to let it thaw completely before munching away.  You could say he’s got a bit of a sweet tooth.  That makes this Chocolate Cherry Loaf right up his alley.  It’s a little indulgent with cream cheese, chunky cherry sauce and chocolate chips, and a small slice is all you need to battle that sweet craving.  You’ll find Chocolate Cherry Loaf a yummy change from banana or lemon and worth turning your oven on for.  Enjoy!

Recipe source for Chocolate Cherry Loaf:  Inspired by Roti n’ Rice Raspberry Swirl Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Chocolate Cherry Loaf
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Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 30 minutes
Cook Time
55-65 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 30 minutes
Cook Time
55-65 minutes
Chocolate Cherry Loaf
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 30 minutes
Cook Time
55-65 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 30 minutes
Cook Time
55-65 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: loaf
Instructions
  1. Combine cherries and sugar in a small sauce pan and heat to a simmer over medium heat. Stir water and cornstarch together in a small bowl and add to cherries, stirring constantly until combine and mixture returns to a full simmer. Remove from heat and allow to cool to slightly warm or room temperature. Continue with recipe as cherries cool.
  2. Preheat oven to 350℉ and prepare a 9"x5"x3"loaf pan by spraying with non stick spray or lightly greasing with butter and lining with parchment that overhangs the long edges.
  3. In a small bowl whisk together flour, baking powder and salt until combined.
  4. Beat together butter, cream cheese and sugar until smooth, scraping the bowl once or twice. Add eggs one at a time, scraping bowl and beating after each until incorporated. Add vanilla and mix to combine. Pour in half the milk and half the flour and beat until just combined. Repeat with remaining milk and flour. Scrape the bowl and add chocolate chips and mix to combine.
  5. Pour half the batter into prepared pan and spread smooth. Top with half the cherry sauce, remaining batter and cherry sauce again on the top. Using a table knife, swirl batter in a figure eight pattern two or three times to create nice swirls of cherry sauce. No need to over swirl.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 55-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely in pan prior to lifting out and slicing.

Pineapple Salsa

Pineapple Salsa

With summer creeping upon us, I felt compelled to update one of my first posts as a food blogger and one of my favourite snacks, Pineapple Salsa!!  A fantastic summer snack that’s worth repeating with a couple photos cleaned up.  The original post was done for Cinco Da Mayo, however this fantastic recipe goes far beyond into the warm summer months with its perfect balance of sweet and spicy.  Fresh and vibrant with fresh pineapple and lots of cilantro makes it a recipe I’ve made over and over. It’s always a hit, whether it be at work, at home or a social gathering.  Serve with plenty of lime tortilla chips and watch it disappear.  Enjoy!

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Pineapple Salsa
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Servings Prep Time
4 cups 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 cups 30 minutes
Pineapple Salsa
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Servings Prep Time
4 cups 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 cups 30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: cups
Instructions
  1. Peel and core pineapple. Chop pineapple along with the tomatoes, red onion, and cucumber into 1/4 inch dice. Set aside together in a large bowl.
  2. Cut jalapeño peppers in half lengthwise and scrape out seeds, finely chop into 1/8 inch dice. Add to bowl. Coarsely chop cilantro and add to bowl.
  3. Cut limes in half and squeeze juice over mixture. Sprinkle with salt and stir to combine. Serve immediately with lime tortilla chips.
Recipe Notes

Resting the salsa for an hour will allow the lime juice to cut the bite in the jalapeño and red onion. It is strongly recommended to cut all ingredients by hand to retain the fresh appearance and prevent over processing the ingredients.

Recipe Source: Inspired by The Pampered Chef Pineapple Salsa

Catalina Wings

Catalina Wings

A long, long time ago I used to make wings similar to these piquant Catalina Wings.  I was in college and had a summer job cooking at a golf and country club.  The food was basic fair, nothing too over the top, catering to the golfing crowd, small banquets and business meetings. It was a fun job, good people to work with and a happy crowd, because they’re golfing of course.  It wasn’t unusual for the dining room to be filled with thirsty golfers looking for a mid afternoon snack and beverage.

Like many places of the time, we offered hot wings, but not everyone liked there wings “hot”. So to please the masses we mixed the hot sauce with Catalina Dressing to lighten some of the heat.  The ratio of dressing to hot sauce was adapted to make the wings mild, medium or hot.  We didn’t have a formula, it was always eye balled, so I doubt anyone ever got the same plate of wings twice.  It’s the memory of this job and the tossing of bowl after bowl of chicken wings that Catalina Wings are derived.  Not new in concept but these Catalina Wings are made with fresh Catalina dressing, making them zesty and sticky.  You’ll love them! 

Recipe source for Catalina Wings:  Compelled To Cook

Catalina Wings
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Servings Prep Time
30 wings 20 minutes
Cook Time
16-18 minutes
Servings Prep Time
30 wings 20 minutes
Cook Time
16-18 minutes
Catalina Wings
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Servings Prep Time
30 wings 20 minutes
Cook Time
16-18 minutes
Servings Prep Time
30 wings 20 minutes
Cook Time
16-18 minutes
Ingredients
Dressing
Wings
Servings: wings
Instructions
Dressing
  1. Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl. Makes about 1 cup of dressing. Refrigerate extra dressing for up to 1 week.
Wings
  1. In a large heavy duty pot fitted with a clip on thermometer, heat a minimum of 3" of canola oil to 350℉ 375℉. (oil will cool when wings are added)
  2. Pat chicken wings dry with a paper towel. Add half the wings to the hot oil, dropping them in one by one. Cook for 5-6 minutes, depending on size, until no longer pink. Remove with a slotted scoop to a paper towel lined plate. Repeat with remaining wings.
  3. Preheat broiler and line a large baking tray with foil. In a large bowl stir together Catalina Dressing and Franks Red Hot sauce. Add wings and toss to evenly coat.
  4. Arrange wings in a single layer on baking tray and broil 8" from broiler for about 2 minutes per side. Remove from oven and serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

Wings can be made hotter if desired by decreasing the amount of dressing and increasing hot sauce to your preference.