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Monday, March 1, 2010

Homemade Turkey Sausage Recipe

Have you ever purchased turkey sausage from the store to only find that it is without any seasoning? Well I have. I had to come up with a way to make my own, so I searched. Good thing we have the internet and so many people post so many different recipes. So here is the one I stuck with and used. I mixed the seasoning and the ground turkey and let it set overnight, cooked it the next day. I put it in the fridge for the following day and all my husband could say (when he had his head in the fridge looking for a snack) was, "what smells so good"? It was the sausage. I needed the sausage for another recipe that I will soon post. If you take a close look at the picture, the homemade sausage is to the left and the store bought is on the right. You can't even see the spices in the sausage.

1 lb. ground turkey (not turkey breast) I used 85% ground turkey
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. sage
1 tsp. Fennel
1 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. white pepper
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/4 garlic pepper
1/8 tsp. cloves
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
1/8 tsp. allspice

Combine all ingredients (use less pepper if you don't want a spicy taste) and blend well.

If time permits, refrigerate overnight to let the meat absorb the flavor of the spices.

Form into patties and cook as needed, freezing leftovers.

Don't overcook or they will dry out--remove from the heat as soon as they're no longer pink inside, but still juicy. (if you prefer a moister texture, you add a splash of olive oil or an egg to the mixture just prior to cooking).

This cooked up well and the smell was great.