Oatmeal Breakfast Sausage

I’m a big fan of oatmeal. Oatmeal is high in fiber, which aids in digestion and acts as a prebiotic for good gut health. Gut health has been linked to mental health. Oatmeal is also a good source of zinc, which has antidepressant properties, reduces anxiety and protects the brain from environmental toxins. When I heard about the “oatmeal breakfast bootcamp” recipe collection at The Watering Mouth, I was overjoyed to see the unique and fabulous oatmeal recipes. More ways to incorporate oatmeal! This inspired me to share my “secret recipe” for Oatmeal Breakfast Sausage. If you are a vegetarian, vegan, or just interested in cutting down on saturated fat, you will love this version of “sausage”. To be honest though, the main reason I created this recipe was for using up leftover oatmeal! It’s hard to always make just the right amount of oatmeal and easy to make too much. Leftover oatmeal quickly becomes a sticky solidified glob that isn’t very appetizing on its own. I had this brainstorm to fry it up as sausage patties. The texture is very much like sausage and the oatmeal is bland enough to take on the flavors of the sausage spices. You can mix your own sausage seasoning blend or you can use a commercial blend such as this one made by A.C. Legg. If you use a commercial blend, I recommend using one that does not have MSG added. Here is my basic recipe to give you a starting point. You can add more or less red pepper flakes and cayenne to make it hotter or milder. You can tweak this a hundred different ways. This makes a fairly mild “sausage” with good flavor.   Sausage Seasoning Blend 1 tsp salt ½ tsp dried parsley ½ tsp dried sage (rub this between your fingers as you add it to enhance the flavor) ¼ tsp fresh ground black pepper ¼ tsp dried thyme ¼ tsp red pepper flakes ¼ tsp cayenne pepper pinch of garlic powder ¼ tsp ground coriander (optional)     Mix all ingredients in a small bowl.                   Add seasoning blend to 3 cups leftover old-fashioned oatmeal (you will get a better texture than the quick cooking kind) and blend well. I typically use oatmeal that has been in the refrigerator overnight.   Form into patties. Heat 2 or 3 Tablespoons of cooking oil in a frying pan over medium high heat. Cook patties in hot pan for several minutes on each side until crispy brown. Makes about 6 patties....