One of my old stand-by meals has been pancakes and sausage. In times when I was really broke, it was just the pancakes. There was a time when I ate more pancakes than anything else. After a while I could hardly stand the sight of them. Thank God, that has changed and now I can fix a pancake meal and enjoy it.
A while back my local grocery had pancake mix on sale for a ridiculously low price - the kind of mix that requires the addition of just water. I bought several boxes. Because I sometimes have a lazy streak when it comes to cooking for myself, I decided to spend an afternoon making pancake and sausage meals ahead for those lazy times - or for times when I needed to eat but was busy with other things. Sort of my own version of convenience food meals.
I mixed up a large amount of pancake batter and fried up the pancakes. As each was done, I put them on parchment paper lined cookie sheets to cool.
While cleaning out the freezer of my refrigerator, I came across several 1 lb. rolls of breakfast sausage. I had bought them on sale, stuck them in the freezer and promptly forgot about them. One of the things about getting old and having your memory fade at times is that your life is just chock full of little surprises like finding rolls of sausage in the back of your freezer! I defrosted a couple of the sausage rolls, sliced them up into patties, spread them in a single layer in cake pans and baked them until they were cooked through and nicely browned. I set the pans on my kitchen table to cool the meat to room temperature.
When it came time to assemble the meals, I tore off squares of aluminum foil and smaller squares of waxed paper. A waxed paper square went in the center of an aluminum foil square, topped with one pancake, topped with another waxed paper square, topped with a second pancake and another waxed paper square. Then I added two sausage patties and folded up the aluminum foil, sealing it tightly and into the freezer the packets went.
So now if I want a quick breakfast or supper, all I have to do is remove the waxed paper and heat the pancakes and sausage in the oven or toaster oven. I suppose I could lay the food on a plate and microwave it, but I haven't tried that as yet. I like the idea of having a quick and easy meal on my lazy or busy days. I'm thinking about trying this with a slice or two of ham or maybe some pre-fried bacon slices. And if I'm really hungry I can always fry up an egg or two to go with it. The frugal side of me likes that I got 12 meals for not much more than two similar meals from a fast food place. Convenience food homemade. I like it.
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