|"Ohh, sweet! You made breakfast turtles!"|
Note: You can also make turtle burgers by using ground beef instead of sausage & adding an optional slice of cheese inside the patty or on top of it, under the bacon weave. Very yum, and so funny in a bun (the little legs & head sticking out)!
1 16 oz. log/roll Ground Sausage
1 pkg. Regular or Thin Cut Bacon, strips cut in half width-wise
1 pkg. Hotdogs (slim/skinny kind)
2. Using 1 hotdog per patty, cut each hotdog into 3 equal segments. Cut 2 of the segments (the center piece & one of the ends) in 1/2 down the length, resulting in 4 pieces. Lay these pieces cut side down (round side up) & make 3 small cuts in 1 end of each piece, making little turtle toes! In the last hotdog segment, make a small cut in the rounded end; this will be the mouth, & then use a toothpick to poke 2 little holes above the mouth to create tiny eyes. Slice the end of this hotdog segment diagonally as shown in the image. The resulting triangle-ish piece will be the tail. Gently push the cut hotdog pieces between the bacon weave strips & into the sausage patties as shown, creating meaty little turtles with a head, tail, and feet! Re-form the bacon around the hotdog pieces if needed.
3. Carefully transfer the turtles to the wire rack over the foil-lined tray. Place in the preheated oven & bake for about 40 mins, flipping the turtles 1/2 way through (20 mins.). If the bacon is not done to your liking once the time is up, simply broil the tops & bottoms of the turtles for a minute or 2. Pat with paper towels to absorb some of the grease. Serve with scrambled eggs & a piece of toast cut in half.
* FYI: I'll be making Burt's sausage log cabin from s. 2, ep. 2 at some point! *