Monday, January 9, 2012

Brunch Favorite: Hot Fruit and Sausage


I was chatting on the phone with my best friend this weekend - telling her that I was preparing to go to a baby shower brunch.

"I'm taking that fruit and sausage dish", I told her.

She gasped. "You need to put that on your blog. That stuff is awesome."

I quickly grabbed my camera as I was walking out the door and took a photo of this dish that she, and so many of my friends and family absolutely love.

Because it does belong on here - as it's a family favorite that I make and serve all the time.

It's an unexpected combination - warm fruit and sausage all in one dish. But, this recipe takes ordinary browned sausage and combines it with chunked pineapple and sliced banana - coated with a brown sugar and cinnamon sauce that really is the perfect combination and is a great addition to any brunch table.

If you come visit us here in Raleigh, you'll probably see it the next morning on the breakfast table served alongside one of these main courses:

Stuffed French Toast
Savory Croissant Breakfast Pudding
{Light and Fluffy} Buttermilk Pancakes
Mixed Fruit Scones
Overnight Sticky Buns

I like making this dish when we have company because it's ready in about 10 minutes and I don't have to fuss around the kitchen to get it prepared. I like taking it to brunches because I know that there will be nothing else like it - and whether there are muffins, pastries, breakfast casseroles, potatoes or all of the above on the brunch table, I know this dish will complement all of it.

An easy, hearty, brunch favorite.

I hope y'all enjoy this one as much as we do.



Hot Fruit and Sausage
recipe adapted from Taste of Home.

2 packages (12 ounce) uncooked or frozen sausage links (turkey, beef, or pork)
1 20-ounce can pineapple chunks
4 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 medium bananas, sliced

In a large skillet, cook sausage according to package directions; drain. Drain half of the juice from the pineapple and add it to the pan along with the sausage, brown sugar and cinnamon; stir to heat through. Stir in banana just before serving.


  1. Looks delicious. I'm guessing you drain the pineapple before heating?

  2. @Anonymous - Thank you! I meant to edit that in the recipe. Fixed it now. I always drain about 1/2 of the juice from the pinapple and add the rest to the pan. It makes the sauce really good.

  3. Oh, I can't wait to try it! I have loved pretty much everything I have tried from here, so I believe this will be great too. And I love putting syrup on my sausage, so I can totally imagine the sweetness with the savory.

  4. Love the new look of your blog! And the Pinterest button, which I just took advantage of :)

  5. @Nicole - I always dipped my sausage in syrup - until I started making this. I totally get that.

    @Heather - Thanks, friend.

  6. This looks and sounds so good. We are going to an "After Christmas Christmas Party" this coming Saturday and I am going to make and take this. Thanks for posting it.

  7. This looks great, but my husband is not a huge pineapple fan. Do you think I could replace them with apples? ~Melissa H.

  8. Looks yummylicious!!! I can't wait to try it too! I think it will be a hit at my house too :)
    Hugs, Tiffiny

  9. @Melissa H.- I've never tried it with apples but I bet it would be delicious.