Monday, January 12, 2009

Homemade Breakfast Sausage

This is a severely delayed recipe as it was something I came up with over the holidays. But it has turned out to be quite appropriate for my current diet. These homemade turkey sausage patties are so delicious and easy to make. Since you are making them yourself you know exactly what is in your sausage and can control everything, since I made these pre-diet, I used pure maple syrup, but you can easily sub in Sugar-free maple syrup for a tasty South beach diet appropriate sausage.

Breakfast Sausage

1 lb ground turkey
1 tsp ground sage
2 tsp fennel seeds - toasted
pinch of chili flake
pinch of cayenne cayenne
4 tsp pure maple syrup
salt & pepper (to taste)
1 Tbsp olive oil

1. In a small skillet over medium heat, toast the fennel seed. Don't let the seeds brown very much at all, just heat them turning occasionally until the kitchen begins to smell like fennel. Remove from heat.
2. In a large mixing bowl, mix together all the spices, the ground turkey and maple syrup. It works best to just get your hands down and dirty for this and mix it by hand. Form the turkey mixture into small patties.
3. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Place as many patties as will fit, leaving room between to flip, in the heated skillet. Cooking approximately 3-4 minutes per side or until cooked all the way through.

The boy is primarily a pork sausage kind of guy, but these are so flavorful with a hint of spice and sweet that he really enjoyed them. They are great with eggs and would be tasty on a homemade biscuit for a tasty sausage biscuit breakfast sandwich, way better tasting and for you that McDonald's Sausage Biscuit (i'm actually looking for a whole grain biscuit recipe to try out in the next phase of my diet, post in the comments if you have one). If you make more that you need just freeze them and re-heat as needed, for a quick week day breakfast.

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