Recipe by LonghornMama
From the Healthy and Light section of July 2005 issue of Southern Living. Recipe description says any sweet crisp apple or pear may be substituted for the Fuji apple. I was suprised how spicy and flavorful these were. My husband really enjoyed them, and he hates turkey and all forms of fruit combined with meat. Go figure.
Top Review by Erindipity
My husband and I both really liked this sausage. I felt it was a tad too salty, but my husband thought the salt level was perfect. I made the recipe as stated, although I just realized I forgot to add the garlic. The apple gives the sausage a little hint of sweetness, but if you don't know what is in it, you would never guess it is apple. My husband is adament he does not like cooked fruit and he really enjoyed this dish. I left the red pepper out because my duaghter doesn't like spicy things, but she took one look at the "green stuff" and decided she didn't like it anyway. I cooked without adding any oil, just frying in a non-stick skillet sprayed with cooking spray. Thank you for a really great and healthy recipe I can feel good about feeding to my family. I made with lean 7% fat ground turkey. If you were to use the extra lean turkey you may want to add the oil to make sure it doesn't dry out. Even with the lean turkey, there was no fat in the pan after frying. Update: I made the second half of the sausage into sausage balls this morning. I think it was even better after sitting for two days. To make the sausage balls I mixed in about a cup of shredded low fat cheddar and 1/2 c of low fat Bisquick. I then baked at 350 for about 15 minutes. I love that there was no grease in the bottom of the pan when they were done. They were better than sausage balls using regular sausage and they weren't greasy. I sent my husband to work with a few. He shared one with the kid at the drive through coffee place, who raved how good they are and couldn't believe they were turkey. Again, thank you for a great recipe.
- 1 large fuji apple
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 1⁄4 lbs lean ground turkey
- 1⁄2 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 1⁄4 cup finely chopped fresh sage
- 1 3⁄4 teaspoons salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dry crushed red pepper
- 1⁄2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 2 teaspoons olive oil (for cooking)
Directions See How It's Made
- Peel and core apple; coarsely shred apple with a hand grater. Place in a wire mesh strainer; drain well, pressing gently with paper towels.
- Combine all ingredients except oil; stir until blended.
- Shape mixture into 16 patties (about 2 tablespoons each).
- Place patties on a wax paper-lined baking sheet.
- Cover and chill 8 hours or overnight.
- Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Cook patties, in batches, about 6 minutes on each side or until browned and done.