Monday, March 23, 2015

Turkey Breakfast Sausage



I really, really, love breakfast. Really. I'm not exactly sure when this love affair began because growing up when my mom would ask me what I want for breakfast, my response was normally a bologna sandwich, or hostess cupcakes or sometimes, leftover lasagna. Otherwise, I rarely requested actual breakfast food. Breakfast was the only time of the day that mom would play the role of short order cook. At dinner you ate what was on the table or you didn't eat. I had no problem with this as my mom is a great cook and never tried to trick us with anything like beef liver. There was the one incident where she tried to pass off sweet potatoes as carrots. My sister and I were no dummies. We knew carrots and that wasn't them. Chicken livers were a dinner staple in our house growing up. I'm not gonna lie. I loved them. Especially smothered in her white chicken gravy. I know what you're thinking. Don't knock it till you've tried Patsy's. Let's face it though, anything is edible as long as there is enough gravy piled on top. 

This post isn't about dinner though, it's about breakfast! To get me through the week I usually prep stuff on Sunday's. Who has time on a weekday morning to cook an egg, much less fry up some sausage or bacon? Not this girl. (If you have found a way to do this AND put on makeup AND get to work on time, email met HERE. I need your tips!)  This week I had some ground turkey hanging out in the freezer and I knew exactly what I was going to do with it--breakfast sausage! Because, why not? 

I like my sausage flavored with sage but I'm also a fan of spicy and since I'm making my own I thought why not add a touch of sweetness with some maple syrup? We all remember that first time our sausage or bacon ended up covered in syrup that had lusciously bathed some pancakes or waffles. How on earth could that be good, you wonder to yourself, but you go ahead and eat it anyway because why would anyone waste sausage or bacon? And to your surprise it's good. No, it's better than good! It's delicious! And from that moment on you throw the bacon and the sausage right onto the same plate as the pancakes and you actually end up dipping them into the syrup. Well, that's what I do. And now I want pancakes. Great. 

So I tried this sausage two different ways. I baked it on some foil and fried some up in the pan. I recommend the pan method as it didn't brown as well as pork sausage does in the oven. There is a bit of a texture difference since it's ground turkey but the blend of spices with the sweet undertone is to die for. Basically what I'm saying, is that you should make this now. 

Turkey Breakfast Sausage

1 pound ground turkey
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
1 1/2 teaspoons ground sage
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes


Mix all ingredients together by hand. 

Form into equal sized patties.

Heat a skillet over medium heat.  Cook 3-4 minutes on each side.  Remove from skillet and serve hot. 

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