If you have been to a potluck in the last 20 years, you have probably had the pleasure of trying Potatoes Romanoff, also known as Funeral Potatoes or Hashbrown Casserole. It's a tasty hashbrown casserole-type dish with hash browns, sour cream, cheese and onions and it was the inspiration behind these Maple Sausage Brunch Bites.
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And if you are a little bored with the typical breakfast food or looking for brunch potluck ideas, give these a try. They won the Grand Prize in the Johnsonville Sausage Recipe Contest using Maple Breakfast Sausages. They are not only contest-winning, they are easy, quick, and freeze well. They are also the perfect portable, on-the-go breakfast food.
For this recipe, you'll need the following:
- onion - white
- butter - I use unsalted, but you could use salted if that's all you have
- hashbrowns-you can use the shredded or cubed hashbrowns (though the shredded tend to hold together much better).
- cream of mushroom soup
- sausages - maple breakfast sausages are the best tasting!
- sour cream
- cheddar cheese
These brunch bites can also be reheated for a quick workday breakfast. And you can cook them in aluminum lined muffin cups for easy clean up (just be sure not to microwave them if you use aluminum lined cups).
💭 Top tip
I use shredded hashbrowns (not cubed) because they tend to hold together much better!
🍹🥗Drinks and Side Dishes
I highly recommend serving them with fruit salad and mimosas, of course!
Try them with my Raspberry Mimosa Mocktail (it can also be spiked) and you have yourself a perfect, easy, make ahead meal for your Mother's Day brunch or any special brunch.
You'll need a muffin tin (affiliate link) to make these. I also use a mini or jar spatula (affiliate link) to make it easier to remove them from the muffin tin.
💭Make ahead and portable
If you are looking for a maple breakfast sausage recipe or breakfast potluck ideas, this Potatoes Romanoff inspired Brunch Bites, is the perfect solution! It's make-ahead, portable, finger food that's easy to reheat. We often have breakfast potluck/meetings at work and it's not easy to come up with recipes that meet the above criteria, are easy to reheat, and satisfying. So I brought these to one of those potlucks and they were perfect. Because they have eggs, sausage, hashbrowns and cheese all in one little bite, they are the full meal deal!
You can also make them in advance and refrigerate them for a day or two or freeze them, making them ideal for the busy person. These brunch bites can be frozen for up to 6 months in a sealed container (affiliate link).
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Here's what others are saying:
"I have made these twice now and they are absolutely delicious! I used regular sour cream, sharp cheddar cheese, and cream of mushroom soup, rather than the low-fat versions."
📋 Maple Sausage Brunch Bites Recipe
- 5 Eggs
- 3 tablespoon Butter
- ⅓ cup Light Sour Cream
- 4 cups Frozen Hashbrowns Defrosted
- 1 ½ cups Light Cheddar Cheese Old/Sharp, Grated
- ⅓ cups Canned Low-Fat Cream of Mushroom Soup
- ½ cup Finely Chopped Onion Approximately 1 Small Onion
- 1 375 g pkg Johnsonville Maple Syrup Flavoured Sausages Cooked and Cut into ¼ Inch Pieces
- Cook sausages according to package instructions. Once browned, set aside.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 12 muffin cups thoroughly with non-stick cooking spray.
- Chop cooked sausage links into ¼ inch circles.
- Cook onion in butter for 2 minutes on high in microwave.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the defrosted hashbrowns, onion cooked in butter, mushroom soup, sour cream, eggs, grated cheddar cheese and sausages.
- Scoop mixture into muffin tins to the top and pack down tightly with spatula (ensure they are packed to the top to make for easier removal).
- Bake for 20-30 minutes in pre-heated oven.
- Remove from oven, let cool for about 3-5 minutes, then run a butter knife around the edge of each muffin cup to loosen the Maple Sausage Brunch Bites.
- Let cool a full 10 minutes, run knife around edges once more, then carefully remove with a spatula and place on plates.
- Serve immediately topped with salsa garnish and with fruit/fruit salad (optional)
Congrats on the prize! I would definitely choose these little morsels in a buffet!
Thanks Sue! This is the one where I got to go to Florida and tape the segment for "In the Kitch"
Oh so exciting! I think that needs to be a post in the future. ?
Yes it could be!
These would be great breakfast when we are camping. Easy to hold and yummy to eat. My grandkids will be able to eat and explore at the same time.
Yes, they are a great breakfast hand food for kids and my kids LUV them!
So what do you do to keep them hot if you are taking them to a pot luck or how do you recommend they be reheated
Hi Lori- I reheat them in the microwave at the potluck ?
Help! I need to make these for a brunch tomorrow and I can't find my muffin pans. They might have been thrown out?? Can I make these in an other pan and what adjustments should I make?
I have never made them in another pan, but you could actually try making it as a casserole in your lasagna pan (standard 9X13). I would double the recipe and reduce the eggs by 2. But like I said, I have never tried it, so I couldn't say for sure.
If you do try it, let me know how it turns out. Good luck!
PS: I have lots of other brunch recipes if you don't want to risk it 🙂 Terri
Hi! I plan on making these for a bridal shower but want to make them in the mini muffin pan. Are there any suggestions with that? Thank you!
Hi Brenda -I’ve never actually made them in a mini muffin tin. However, I would just use 1/2 of what I’d use in regular muffin pans and cook them about 1/2 the time.
Hello, are the hash browns you use shredded or biscuit form?
Shredded hash browns work best! I have used cubed but they don’t stay together as well. Biscuit wouldn’t work. I hope you enjoy!!!
Can I mix night before than put in muffin tin the next day
I would just bake them in advance instead, then warm them up. But if you really wanted to mix it up ahead of time, don't put the eggs in until the next day when you are about to bake them. Enjoy!
I'm always looking for good breakfast recipes. This one looks like a real winner!
Thanks~! It's always hit whenever I serve it!
These look such a fun idea - nice and easy with comforting flavors.
Thanks, Caroline they really are comforting flavours!
Carlos at Spoonabilities
Another great breakfast/brunch recipe. I'm saving this recipe for my new breakfast ideas folder.
Thank you, Carlos- enjoy!
A fabulous breakfast recipe. I just bought a bunch of eggs, well because I could finally find some and these muffins are just what the kids needed.
Thank you, Eileen. Yes, my kids do love this recipe and it's nice to make ahead and pull out of the freezer!
Jersey Girl Cooks
Going to make these for Sunday brunch. I love anything mini!
I'm with you - mini all the way!
I love having these ready for a quick breakfast that I can heat up easily.
Thanks, Anne. That's my fave part too!
We make a lot of what we call Breakfast Muffins with an egg base. The kids love those. YOurs however have so much more to them. Things I hadn't thought to add. I casn't wait to try this!
Thanks, Colleen! Yes, I was inspired by potatoes romanoff, hence the mushroom soup etc.. They are still one of my very fave foods!
I was hoping to make these today. I don’t have canned soup. Any suggestions to replace that one ingredient?
It's a pretty critical ingredient, but you could try this substitution: https://www.centercutcook.com/cream-soup-substitute/
I'd love to hear how they turn out! Enjoy....
How many hash browns is 4 cups?!
It's just under 1.5 lbs. But I just using 1 cup dry measuring cup, measure out 4 cups and pour in. I recommend using the shredded hash browns.
I have made these twice now and they are absolutely delicious! I used regular sour cream, sharp cheddar cheese, and cream of mushroom soup, rather than the low-fat versions.
I'm so glad you love them! Thanks for taking the time to let me know 🙂
Wow, these little bites look great! I love finger foods for breakfast!!
Thanks, Lyn! Hope you enjoy them!
Yum! I would totally make these to freeze and reheat later. I love that hash brown casserole, though I've never had it for breakfast. I've only ever heard them called 'funeral potatoes' so 'potatoes Romanoff' is new to me!
Yeah that casserole is known by many names 🙂
Yum! Super delicious recipe. I have always loved sweet maple and sausage together and these are perfect.
Yeah, it's really a great combo 🙂
These are so good to make ahead and take along for camping. They reheat easily and everyone loves them, even just for snacking on cold!
Yes - never thought of camping, but you're so right!
Cindy Mom the Lunch Lady
This is such a great recipe to make and freeze for a quick breakfast. I think my family would enjoy them!
I hope they do, Cindy! My family LOVES them!
What a great make ahead breakfast idea! Can never have enough of those!
what a great idea and prefect make ahead of time to be the best hostess! I love all the tips in the comments!!
Thanks, Nancy! Yes, I love making these ahead and freezing them 🙂
I'm always looking for breakfast ideas including eggs. This were absolutely delicious. Pinning this recipe so I remember how to make it the next time.
Thanks Amy- glad you enjoyed them!