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 that dish was the inspiration behind these Maple Sausage Brunch Bites.
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 ideal for any special occasion breakfast like Mother's Day or Christmas morning and are the perfect portable, on-the-go breakfast food.
This was one of the first big recipe contests I won. I was flown to Florida to make them for a segment on "In the Kitch". It was a lot of fun and they are still one of my very best recipe creations and my family's favorite recipes. You can check out my other award-winning recipes here.
For this brunch bites 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 (concentrated canned mushroom soup)
- breakfast sausages - maple breakfast sausages are the best tasting!
- sour cream
- sharp cheddar cheese
Just follow these easy instructions!
Prep: cook sausages according to package instructions. Once browned, set aside. Chop cooked sausage links into ¼ inch circles.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 12 muffin cups thoroughly with non-stick cooking spray.
Cook onion in butter for 2 minutes on high in the microwave.
In a separate bowl, combine the defrosted hashbrowns, onion cooked in butter, mushroom soup, sour cream, eggs, grated cheddar cheese, and sausages.
Mix until fully combined
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 preheated 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.
Gently lift brunch bites out of the pan.
HINT: I use shredded hashbrowns (not cubed) because they tend to hold together much better!
💭 Top tip
You can make your own cream of anything soup if you don't have any on hand. (*Scroll down to #17)
🍹🥗Drinks and Side Dishes
I highly recommend serving them with fruit salad and mimosas, of course! You can also serve them with fresh fruit, such as the kiwi fruit flowers in the photos. See how to make them here: Video: (TikTok) How to Make a Kiwi Garnish
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.
👪 Serving Size
This brunch bites recipe makes 12 servings. However, you can half, double, or triple the recipe by clicking on the blue serving number and selecting the number of servings you'd like. The ingredient quantities will automatically adjust.
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 an airtight container (affiliate link).
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.)
This recipe can be made Weight Watchers friendlier by using low-fat mushroom soup, fat-free sour cream, low-fat cheese, turkey sausage and a light butter substitute. They are 4 ww points each made this way.
💭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 potlucks (meetings) at work and it's not easy to come up with breakfast finger foods that are easy to reheat, and satisfying. So I brought these to a potluck brunch and they were a hit!
Because they have eggs, sausage, hashbrowns, and cheese all in one little bite, they are the full meal deal. It's a great way to get a full breakfast in one little bite! They are the perfect addition to your brunch spread at your next party.
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
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- Prep: Cook sausages according to package instructions. Once browned, set aside. Chop cooked sausage links into ¼ inch circles.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 12 muffin cups thoroughly with non-stick cooking spray.
- 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.
- Mix until well combined.
- 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)
*Optional: Garnish with 2 tsp. salsa
Looking for other breakfast ideas or brunch potluck ideas? Check out my other breakfast and brunch ideas!