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Dinner Ideas: Maple-Orange Glazed Smoked Sausage {Easy Recipes under $2}

Dinner Ideas: Maple-Orange Glazed Smoked Sausage {Easy Recipes for under $2}

Dinner Ideas: Maple-Orange Glazed Smoked Sausage {Easy Recipes under $2}

After a long day when you don’t have much time to cook, you need quick and easy dinner recipes! Sometimes I like taking my time and preparing complicated recipes that can take all day. But usually, for every day meals, fast and easy wins out!

Spice it up! My family loves smoked sausage. Normally I just fry it up and serve with a few side dishes such as veggies and rice. But, that gets a little boring after a while. So, I decided to spice up our plain old sausage with this incredibly tasty recipe I made up.

Substitutions: The taste reminds me of Honey Bourbon, but that’s just because of the end result. There’s actually no honey or bourbon in it! You can substitute similar tastes to get a similar dish. Mix something sweet with something tart and see what you get! You can also substitute other types of meat easily, such as bratwurst, kielbasa or polish sausage. And you don’t even have to use beef! You could use turkey or pork sausage as well. Use your imagination!

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Save time and money! Making it yourself from ingredients you have at home is not only frugal, it’s fun! Start with a taste in mind and hit up your cupboards to see what you have in stock. Using basic ingredients you already have is a great way to cook frugally. Mixing sweet and salty, or sweet and savory, or tangy and tart will help you invent new meals, and your family will ask for seconds!

Price breakdown:

The cost of this meal can be very low. You can’t compare this under $2 meal for 5 to eating at a restaurant, that’s for sure! 😉 And, the ingredients used cost much less than bottle of ready-made marinade. However, if you want more exquisite ingredients the cost will increase. Do what works for you!

  • maple syrup – it goes without saying that imitation syrup is much cheaper than real 100% pure maple syrup. I buy locally because I live in the country and there’s nothing like real maple syrup. But, if you buy imitation (such as “Log Cabin” brand) you can get it without a coupon for around .14 per ounce. Real maple syrup can cost double that. Our recipe calls for 1/2 a cup which is 5.6 oz, or 78¢ total.
  • oranges or orange juice – obviously, there are cheap varieties here too. I used real oranges that I chopped up in my Ninja blender. My daughter spit out the rind (hey, that’s fiber and it’s good for you!) So, if you’re going for cheap you can use concentrated orange juice which is as low as $1 per container that makes 2 quarts. That equates to 12.5 ¢
  • apple juice or Captain Morgan spiced rum – again, figuring the $1 containers that make 2 quarts, you’re at 12.5 ¢ per cup and you’re only using 1 oz, so that’s just under 2¢ (the Captain costs slightly more at around 30¢ per ounce if you get a 1.75 L bottle for $18, like I do at Costco).
  • smoked sausage – these can vary a lot! I got mine on sale for $1 each. I’ve seen them much higher and much lower in cost. Shop around!

Total = $1.92 for this whole main dish!

Versatile! You can serve as an appetizer – smoked sausage bites, or as a main dish for supper. Just add a few colorful side dishes and wow your family and friends! 🙂 These are perfect to bring to parties, such as a Super Bowl Party!

Dinner Ideas: Maple-Orange Glazed Smoked Sausage {Easy Recipes under $2}
Recipe Type: Main
Cuisine: American
Author: Wendy
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 5
This quick and easy recipe is perfect if you’re looking for dinner ideas! Add 3 ingredients to your smoked sausage for recipes your whole family will love. Ready in 20 minutes.
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1-2 oranges puréed (or 1 cup orange juice – with or without pulp)
  • 1 oz Captain Morgan Spiced Rum or apple juice
  • 1 package smoked sausage
  1. Cut sausage into chunks
  2. Mix ingredients in a bowl and add all to a frying pan
  3. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until liquid becomes carmelized
  4. Serve as main dish or appetizer


Dinner Ideas: Maple-Orange Glazed Smoked Sausage {Easy Recipes for under $2}