Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Homemade Turkey Sausage

There's all kinds of stuff you can make with turkey.... 

 *in my Forrest Gump voice* 
"You can make...Turkey Burgers, Turkey Bacon, Turkey Taco's, Turkey Spaghetti, Turkey Sausage...."

 Ok, Who else out there loves turkey as much as I do?!
I have ALWAYS been pretty picky when it comes to meats... I literally butcher our chicken breasts trying to cut away all the fatty/veiny parts when I prep chicken to cook it. And honestly, it has gotten to the point to where I eat so much chicken, I've gotten a little tired of it, so turkey burger is a second option for us! We shop on base at the commissary and as I have mentioned before, it is hard to actually get ground turkey there from time to time because so many people are eating it nowadays and it is so cheap on post. The same company that makes the turkey burger, also makes a Hot Italian turkey sausage and it has to be my FAVORITE meat to use for breakfast. It is amazing! You can add it to anything actually. I love to put it in my risotto as well but as I have mentioned the turkey burger is hard to get on post, and so is this sausage I speak of! When we go I usually stock up on them... Lately with eating healthier, I decided to look through an old diet cook book I have and I ran across a recipe for homemade apple turkey sausage. Mr.Hooah isn't a huge apple fan, so I didn't make the recipe from the book but I did use it as a guide-line!
Much to my surprise, these turned out great! 

I had all of the ingredients on hand already so it made this recipe even easier! 
It makes 16 patties for the price of one of the 8ct. boxes of Jimmy Dean's turkey sausage I buy at around $3.57! You can freeze these also and then just pop them onto a baking sheet lined with foil, broil for 7mins on each side and VIOLA! They're done! 
Easy peasy, right?! And honestly you can "spice" this any way you want it, it is completely customizable! I actually like adding in a bit of my newest addiction, FlavorGod seasoning... If you guys haven't bought any of these yet, you're seriously missing out and I don't even know what you're doing with your life! Lol. These can be bought over at www.flavorgod.com and is ground fresh daily!
 These seasonings are amazing and I swear by them! :)

Give this one a try, let me know if you love it or hate it... 
I'm pretty sure you'll love it tho! :)
1 (1.25lb) pack of raw ground turkey
4 TBSP soft bread crumbs (I used Progresso Italian)
1 TBSP dried sage (I used )
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/8 tsp. sea salt
1/8 tsp. paprika ( I used smoked paprika)
1/8 tsp. ground red pepper 
Couple of dashes of nutmeg and garlic powder

  •  In a large bowl, mix together bread crumbs and seasonings; add in turkey and mix well. Shape mixture into 1/2in. thick patties.
  • Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with non-stick spray. AT THIS POINT YOU CAN COOK THESE OR FREEZE THEM (which is what I like to do so I can just pull them from the freezer whenever I'm ready to use them)...

Freezing: Place the patties (mine made 16) on the sprayed foiled pan, spaced apart, and stick in the freezer for about 1 1/2hrs. Remove and put patties in a freezer ziplock bag!  
  • Bake under broiler for 7 minutes on each side or until sausage is no longer pink and cooked through! (If cooking from frozen, no need to thaw, just put them on a foiled non-stick sprayed pan and into the oven they go for the same cooking instructions above!)

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