Grilled Breakfast-for-Dinner Skewers
Who loves breakfast for dinner? Let’s load up some skewers with chicken sausage, waffles and grapes (and a delicious maple-butter glaze) and pop them onto the grill for a fun, summer dinner. This post is sponsored by al fresco. For cooks with high standards, al fresco offers a precooked, delicious swap for chicken that is delicious, all natural, and also saves time. For more information go to alfrescoallnatural.com.
My kids are pretty good eaters generally but they can put up a fight sometimes, especially when they’re cranky and tired at the end of a long day. When I can tell that dinner might be an issue, I like to make something that I know for sure they’re going to devour. Breakfast for Dinner is one of those things. There’s something so delightful (and almost sinful) about having breakfast foods at dinner time. My little ones get especially excited about it.
With the start of the hot hot summer here in Florida, I decided to come up with a Breakfast for Dinner that used the grill. Skewers were a natural fit. Yes, a kabob filled with breakfast foods was the idea. But which foods to use?
I liked the idea of waffles because I can buy good quality and healthy frozen ones at my regular grocery store. I popped them into the toaster and then cut them into quarters, ready to thread onto skewers.
What about a protein? I decided to go with sausage because it’s so breakfasty. My concern though was that the sausage might not cook through in the short time that it would take everything to brown on the grill. You might recall that I’ve had similar concerns when grilling chicken. I’m always worried that it will still be raw inside, to the point where I now pre-cook my chicken and then just finish it on the grill. For this dinner, I didn’t want to have to cook in the kitchen first though. I wanted everything to just hit the grill. So I went with a fully-cooked sausage. A fully-cooked chicken sausage. The one I chose is the al fresco sweet apple chicken sausage.
al fresco sausages are so tasty and healthy too, with 50% less fat than traditional pork and beef sausages. And, as mentioned, since they’re fully-cooked I get all the benefit of having chicken for dinner but much quicker and easier. It’s chicken, only better!
I wanted some fruit on these breakfast skewers as well. Since it was going on skewers and on the grill, I wanted something pretty sturdy that wouldn’t heat up and then slide off of the sticks. Grapes to the rescue!
The final touch was a glaze. I mixed together melted butter, maple syrup and a touch of Dijon mustard and brushed it onto all sides of the kabobs. Then they went onto the grill just until heated through – everything is fully-cooked already, remember? So there’s no need to check for doneness or anthing. When it’s hot, it’s ready.
That’s it. Delicious Breakfast-for-Dinner Skewers that everyone will love, especially the person doing the cooking since they’re so darned easy. It’s a win win win win win!
Have a tasty day,
Grilled Breakfast-for-Dinner Skewers
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 4 frozen waffles
- 12 oz. (4 links) al fresco sweet apple chicken sausage, sliced 1/2 inch thick
- 16 green grapes
- 6-inch skewers
- Preheat grill for direct cooking over medium-high heat.
- In a small bowl combine butter, syrup and mustard.
- Toast waffles according to package directions. Cut each into quarters.
- Alternate waffles, sausage and grapes onto skewers. Each skewer should get 2 pieces of waffle, 2 grapes and 3 slices of sausage.
- Brush kabobs with maple mixture.
- Grill the kabobs until browned in spots underneath, 3-4 minutes. Turn and grill on second side until browned in spots, 3-4 minutes.