Last night we had a go at trying to get little Bear to eat chicken. He’s had it in purée form but has often turned his nose up at it if it is given to him in any other way. We’ve had success with giving him chunky sausage shapes foods to eat, so I figured I’d try and rustle up something tasty for him to see if we can get him to eat the real thing properly.
These quick and easy to make Chunky Chicken and Spinach Sausage Patties are my own recipe and went down a storm at tea today with Papa Bear sneaking a few off little Bear’s plate!! The great thing too is that you can mould them into a shape that best suits your little one and their weaning stage.
To make 15 sausage patties, you will need:
65g spinach leaves
2 skinless chicken thigh fillets, chopped
1 medium sized carrot, grated
1 1/2 tbsp root ginger, grated
1 slice of bread
1 tsp sweet chilli sauce
1/2 tsp Chinese 5 spice
2 tbsp plain flour
Sunflower oil for frying
Start by cooking the spinach in boiling water for 4 minutes. While the spinach is cooking tear bread into bite size chunks and place into a food processor. Blitz for 10 seconds to create breadcrumbs.
When the spinach has finished cooking, drain and put into the food processor. Add the chopped raw chicken thighs, the grated carrot and ginger, sweet chilli sauce and Chinese 5 spice and blend together in the processor until you gave a rough paste.
Use the flour to dust a plate and take approximately one tablespoon of the mixture (I used a soup spoon as a rough guide) and form meatball sized balls. If you want to create burger shaped patties simply flatten with a spatula or palate knife when you place the balls into the frying pan for cooking. Alternatively, you can use half the amount states to create sausage shaped patties, which are great for early weaners.
Heat a teaspoon of oil in the frying pan and then cook your patties in 1-3 batches for 8-10 minutes until golden in colour and cooked through. Once cooked remove from the heat and place on a plate to cool with a piece of kitchen towel to soak up an excess oil.
Serve with your little ones favourite veggies or a salad.
Once cooked you can store these patties in the fridge for 48hrs (if they last that long) to eat hot or cold or, depending on the quality of your freezer, freeze for 1-3 months.
I hope you enjoy them and I’d love to hear your comments if you try them out.
Mama Bear x