Pigs in a Pool Recipe
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Pigs in a Pool Recipe

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My kids love sausage and pancakes but making them during the week was out of the question. I purchased the frozen variety on a stick but didn't like the calories, additives or price. This version of pigs-in-a-blanket is a great alternative that's much more cost effective.—Lisa Dodd, Greenville, South Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound reduced-fat bulk pork sausage
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups fat-free milk
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • Maple syrup, optional

Nutritional Facts

4 mini muffins (calculated without syrup) equals 234 calories, 10 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 45 mg cholesterol, 560 mg sodium, 26 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 10 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 medium-fat meat, 1/2 fat.

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Coat mini-muffin cups with cooking spray. Shape sausage into forty-eight 3/4-in. balls. Place meatballs on a rack coated with cooking spray in a shallow baking pan. Bake 15-20 minutes or until cooked through. Drain on paper towels.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and spices. In another bowl, whisk egg, milk, oil and honey until blended. Add to flour mixture; stir just until moistened.
  3. Place a sausage ball into each mini-muffin cup; cover with batter. Bake 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Serve warm with syrup if desired. Yield: 12 servings.
Freeze option: Freeze cooled muffins in resealable plastic freezer bags. To use, microwave each muffin on high for 20-30 seconds or until heated through.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Originally published as Pigs in a Pool in Healthy Cooking Annual Recipes Annual 2014

Nutritional Facts

4 mini muffins (calculated without syrup) equals 234 calories, 10 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 45 mg cholesterol, 560 mg sodium, 26 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 10 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 medium-fat meat, 1/2 fat.

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Reviewed Sep. 22, 2014

"Even my youngest, very fussy, grandson loved these"

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