Breakfast Sausages with Apples & Riesling #SundaySupper

by Anne Papina on August 22, 2014

Breakfast Sausages w/Apples & Riesling #SundaySupper | Webicurean
Where oh where has summer gone? Weekends at the lake (or lounging around the pool), soaking in the rays, cycling about with no particular place to go, grilling anything and everything that comes your way, sipping on a chilled glass of wine surrounded by tiki torches–this is summer. With Labor Day fast approaching, we scramble to seek out that one last hurrah before summer ends. Fortunately, the Sunday Supper Movement and Gallo Family Vineyards have collaborated to bring you an array of tempting wine-infused dishes to end your summer on a sweet, fruity note. For this party, I’m whipping up these savory breakfast sausages with caramelized apples and a splash of Riesling.

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For me, this was a no-brainer. One of my favorite parts of vacationing is a good, hearty breakfast. Maybe it’s because I could live on breakfast all day long, but the aromas of breakfast, from the fresh perked coffee (why, yes, I do perk) to the sizzling bacon, I can’t resist. So, when it comes to vacation and breakfast, I’m on it. Besides, if I take care of the breakfast part of our Labor Day fun, that leaves me the rest of the day to relax while everyone else prepares the day’s remaining meals. Perhaps there is a method to my madness!

Whether you’re making breakfast over a campfire or enjoying a Sunday brunch at home, this is one dish everyone will love. Starting with tart apples browned in butter, a little brown sugar goes in, along with the sausages, a hint of cinnamon, a pinch of orange peel, a splash of Gallo’s delicious Riesling, and in short order, you have a stand-out accompaniment to those hot cakes you know you wanted to make.

I’d like to thank Gallo Family Vineyards for providing the Riesling used in this dish. They also sent a bottle of sweet red, for which I have other yummy plans. Gallo is providing a $1 off coupon to help get this party started. Use the Gallo store locator to find some near you, then enjoy these recipes we’ve prepared for you today. Be sure to stop by Gallo Family Vineyards wine blog for additional Labor Day recipes.

And don’t forget…Gallo Family wants you save those corks to help end senior hunger. For the 5th year, our Every Cork Counts program invites Americans to send back their corks to benefit the Meals On Wheels Association of America. Every cork collected garners $1 for Meals on Wheels, and it’s easy to donate!

Breakfast Sausages w/Apples & Riesling #SundaySupper | Webicurean

This doesn’t really need process pix … everything comes together quickly in one pan. Brown the sausages first; then set those aside. Melt the butter in the sausage drippings, then brown the apples in that, add the wine, the sausages, spices, let reduce, then stir in the brown sugar as a finishing touch.

Breakfast Sausages w/Apples & Riesling #SundaySupper | Webicurean

This works so well as a topping for hotcakes, or just as a breakfast side. The flavors of fall … the apples melt in your mouth like buttah, yum!

Breakfast Sausages w/Apples & Riesling #SundaySupper | Webicurean

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Breakfast Sausage with Apples & Riesling
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Breakfast sausages are tossed with apples that have been caramelized in butter and brown sugar, then simmered in Riesling making them melt-in-your-mouth good.
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4
  • ½ lb pork breakfast sausages
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, washed & sliced
  • ⅓ cup Gallo Riesling
  • ½ cup brown sugar, packed
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ grated orange peel (optional)
  • Dash, nutmeg
  1. Brown the sausages on all sides in a large skillet. Set aside.
  2. In the pan with the sausage drippings, melt the butter over medium heat, then add the apples. Saute until the apples start to brown, about 5 minutes or so. Add the wine and the sausages, and continue to simmer until the liquid is reduced in half. Stir in the brown sugar, cinnamon, orange peel (if using), and nutmeg. Gently stir until the brown sugar completely has dissolved and formed a sauce.
  3. Best served hot with pancakes.

Let’s see what the others have cooked up!

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Compensation was provided by Gallo Family Vineyards via Sunday Supper, LLC. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Gallo Family Vineyards.

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By the way, if you need a hand with pairings, Gallo has a fun and easy to use Food & Wine Pairing tool to help you out.

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Renee August 22, 2014 at 2:47 am

Now this is a breakfast I’d love to start Labor Day or any day with for that matter.


Katie August 22, 2014 at 3:07 am

Wow wow wow – what a hearty and flavorful breakfast for sure! I am dreaming of the apples involved in this dish…YUM!


Liz August 22, 2014 at 3:21 am

YUM! I bet the wine gives a marvelous boost to the flavor of the apples and sausage! What a divine breakfast!!!


Emily {Jelly Toast} August 22, 2014 at 5:06 am

What an awesome breakfast!


Nichole August 22, 2014 at 8:35 am

Wine in the reduction?! Well, if I must 🙂 Breakfast of all kinds is my fave too; could eat it all day!


Betsy Cohen August 22, 2014 at 1:26 pm

This is MY kind of breakfast. I will skip the know, to ‘save’ calories for more of this incredible Breakfast Sausage with Apples and Riesling!!


susan @ the wimpy vegetarian August 22, 2014 at 3:02 pm

Now this is what I call a breakfast! Both of my parents were from the deep south, and resolutely believed in starting the day with a hearty breakfast! I love how you used the wine in the dish!!!


Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen August 23, 2014 at 8:47 am

This is my kind of breakfast! I know that Mr Man would love it too!!


Alida August 23, 2014 at 6:02 pm

What a delicious way to start a special day (or any day!) This sounds incredible!


Heather // girlichef August 24, 2014 at 6:41 am

Wow Anne, my mouth is absolutely watering at the sight of this glorious breakfast. I want to polish off a plate and then lounge around with the paper and book for a lazy Sunday!


Family Foodie August 24, 2014 at 8:35 am

Seriously, talk about taking breakfast to a whole new level! wow oh wow!


Hezzi-D August 24, 2014 at 1:42 pm

Now this is breakfast! Love that you caramelized the apples then cooked the sausage with them! Delicious!


Marion@Life Tastes Good August 26, 2014 at 7:38 am

This looks like one delicious breakfast! I love all the flavors in it! What a great program from Gallo – I will be sure to send in my corks! Thanks!!


Tanya August 26, 2014 at 9:55 am

Yum!! Yes when I think of a vacation it has to include wonderful breakfasts!! This one is a winner for sure:)


Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons August 27, 2014 at 3:07 pm

Oh my gosh, YUM. This is the kind of breakfast I want to wake up to on a chilly fall morning. Get me a cozy sweater, a blanket, a big cup of hot coffee, a dog on my lap and THIS BREAKFAST. Heaven on earth.


Julia November 28, 2014 at 7:51 am

Oh gosh Anne! Looks delicious! What restaurant have you had the best breakfast sausages? Remember to add it to your Besty List!


Anne Papina December 2, 2014 at 8:59 am

Hmmm I’ll have to think on that! I did go in and update my favorite lunch places! Thanks for stopping by!


Elana February 22, 2018 at 11:54 pm

helloWow wow wow – what a hearty and flavorful breakfast for sure! I am dreaming of the apples involved in this dish…YUM!


Anne Papina February 23, 2018 at 12:13 pm

Thanks! It’s rich, but it’s good!

Reply August 31, 2018 at 12:46 am

Looks Amazing You have made me mataHungry again.


Anne Papina August 31, 2018 at 1:35 pm

It makes for a great weekend brunch!


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