By Literary Mom on September 22, 2004
Photo by * Pamela *
Photo by * Pamela *
"I combined different spices to achieve what tastes almost as good, if not better than regular sausage. Be sure to use regular ground turkey (not ground turkey breast, which is too lean so it doesn't have enough moisture). UPDATE: After all the positive reviews, I decided to submit this to Taste of Home's Light & Tasty and they published it in the Dec/Jan 2008 issue. It's also in the Light & Tasty Annual Recipes 2008 Cookbook."
Serving Size: 1 (78 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 4
"My kids and I love this recipe, but it can be expensive to make every day. Recently I got an idea from the Taco Bell incident. If they can add oats (which are really good for you anyway) to their taco meat, why can't I add it to my sausage? I ground some oats up in my food processor and added it to the sausage with a little water. It tasted great and I got an extra half pound!"
"I will make this again but the amount of sage in this recipe was too much. Next time I will use half the amount. This may seem a small thing but it totally ruined what I'm sure would have otherwise have been a great recipe. My family all agreed, too."
"Wow, very tasty. Took some ideas from others, made 3lbs ground turkey, 1lb ground pork. Didn't have fennel seeds, but since it's the locorice flavor we want, I substituted with anise extract, I also had star anise which would have also worked. Didn't have thyme either so omitted and it still turned out awesome.I like sausage on the sweet side so added 1 tspoon of brown sugar and 3 teaspoons of maple syrup, which I like on sausage and strangely not on pancakes."
"What a blessing this recipe is! We hold to a kosher diet so no Pork :( With this recipe we are able to enjoy a better meat that leaves all other breakfast sausage in the dust."
"This is very good! my youngest son is allergic to nitrates so store-bought bacon and sausage are a no-no in our house and purchasing nitrate-free foods can be expensive!
This was easy to make, I purchased 4 lbs. ground turkey from Costco, prepped the seasonings (leaving out cayenne & white pepper). The meat was cold! So I used my Kitchen aid mixer to stir it all up. I immediatley cooked up enough for breakfast right then...it was very good. Let the rest sit a couple of hours, formed into patties and baked in the oven and into the freezer they go. This is a trifecta winner at our house: good taste, less cost, and healthy!"
"This is very good. Based on other reviews, I reduced the amount of pepper that I added and we felt that it was not hot enough. Next time I will follow the recipe exactly."
"This is a very simple and yet very good recipe. I tried it twice, first with the brown sugar and found it too sweet. This was agreed on by the entire family of seven. Second try I used smoked salt in place of regular salt and then doubled the sweet spices. That was a perfect blend and is now my little tweak to the recipe. All the other spices I left the same, save the garlic I only used fresh no powder, just didn't add it in at all. Thanks for an excellent addition to our morning eggs or evening pancake suppers."
"Great recipe! so quick to put together, and great to toss in the freezer for quick breakfast sandwiches to-go.
I didn't have white pepper, fennel seeds, or garlic powder though. Instead, I used caraway seeds, minced fresh garlic, and more black pepper. Just the right amount of bite. I can imagine fennel seeds being perfect though, so I'll pick some up for next time.
I used lean ground turkey, omitted salt, and baked them in the oven so they were even healthier, and I didn't feel robbed of flavours. I did add an egg, which I thought worked well.
Overall, great blend of spices. My family thought the addition of allspice flavours were perfect and very interesting."
"I subbed 1 lb 90% lean pork and 1 lb white ground turkey, then doubled the spices (used cracked red pepper instead of cayenne). Just my personal preferences. A wonderful tasty recipe for the family! Thank you!!"
"AWESOME recipe! The only thing I changed was to cut the Cayenne in half for hubby. REALLY great flavor! I will definitely be making this one again and again! Thank you for sharing!"
"Truly amazing recipe! I just made this a second time this morning. I use 3lb 85/15 turkey and 1lb lean pork and quadruple the spices. Rubbed leaf sage from The Spice House (online) makes so much difference in the richness of flavor. I combine all the whole spices in a coffee grinder and grind to a powder, then add to meat. My family says it's better than any store-bought they've ever had. Thank you so much, Picholine!"
"this was pretty yummy. I did make a few changes: decreased sage, omitted fennel, and decreased the pepper. It was still pretty hot, but my 9 year old ate it, so not too hot. I also added about a teaspoon of brown sugar, to give a tad bit of sweetness. It was very good. I will definitely make this again."
"Outstanding recipe. I am on a gluten-free, dairy free eating plan, so breakfast is a challenge. Fortunately, I love sausage but don't want the extras when you buy it at a market. I am from NY and grew up with fennel in my sausage so when I saw this recipe I knew I was on to something. It is spicy, but mildly to me. I dropped the cloves and 1/2 tsp of sage, other than that, I used everything else. The patties were OUTSTANDING! I am so happy that I can have something that is delicious without all the additives. I used a really good ground turkey that was also free of antibiotics etc. This is a recipe that you can tweak to taste and no matter how you tweak it, you are going to get a really good sausage patty. Thanks Picholine!"
"Very good. I was surprised that the texture was so similar to breakfast sausage, and the flavor was definitely there as well. I used 1 teaspoon of sage instead of 2 though."
"I have tried a number of sausage recipes, and this is by FAR the most delicious! I used the 85/15 turkey meat, a tablespoon of maple syrup, a dabble of worsteshire, and measure mine out to 1/4 cup servings. I ended up with 9 patties...I will def. use this recipe again!"
"I just did this recipe..WOW.. the spices for my taste were dead on.. I subbed turkey thighs that I skinned & boned.. ground in food processor..ground all spices together in spice grinder then added to food processor. made up into 3oz patties... wonderful... I not buy another already processed turkey sausage...thank you and thank you again for posting this.."
"my husband and I loved this sausage the mix of spices are very good.Idid reduce the amount of sage,fennel,black pepper,and thyme to 1/2 tsp.Also 1/4 tsp. cayenne and no white pepper.My husband says its better than regular breakfast sausage, now thats good coming from someone who is not a big fan of ground turkey.This recipe will stay close at hand !!!"
"Made this recipe several times and my entire family loved it. My toddler complained it was too spicy so for him we cut down on the cayenne pepper, but otherwise a great sausage. I buy the ground turkey from Trader Joe for $2.99/lb and make a big batch at a time. I mix all the ingredients and let them sit overnight. I then cook the patties all at once and freeze in smaller batches. When we want to eat, we heat up just the amount we need. My sister steals them out of my freezer and her kids gobble them up."
"This was perfect! I didn't have fennel seed but will buy some for the future. I also used an egg and a tsp brown sugar as suggested and 2 tsp chopped jar garlic as i don't stock garlic powder. I used the pepper amounts as written and was very happy with the amount of heat! The egg made it extremely moist (at first I thought it might be too soupy but the firmed up when fried). Frying with Olive oil cooking spray gave a drier sausage, frying in straight olive oil made it even more moist! I didn't have enough left over to freeze, but next time I'll triple the recipe! Thanks for this!"
"What an awesome recipe! I was so excited that I made a small patty right away. It was delicious. You so nailed this recipe with the flavors. Yes, it is so worth it to let the seasonings penetrate the meat. Amazing. After reading the other reviews (and boy I'm glad I did), I cut the cayenne to about a pinch. Spicy and I donâ€™t go well together. I also halved the sage for the pound of meat. Thank you, Picholine. You ROCK! Congrats on getting this recipe published. Is a five starâ€¦ten star hands down."