While glancing through the new Taste of Home Healthy Cooking 2013 Annual Recipes cookbook, I spied this recipe for turkey breakfast sausage. I was immediately intrigued by the concept of making my own breakfast patties rather than reaching for yet another veggie one from the freezer.
The recipe’s name is a little misleading, as you are not truly making sausage. The turkey meat is already ground, and you simply shape it into patties after mixing in seasoning. I’ll have to leave authentic sausage-making for another day (or perhaps never…we’ll see if I ever get that brave).
I used a ¼-cup measuring cup to divide the meat mixture into 8 even patties. I cooked them in two batches in a large nonstick skillet, and my patties were cooked through in 8-9 minutes total, not the 12-16 as stated in the recipe.
I really enjoyed the turkey patties – especially the sage flavor. John like them, as well, although he commented that they crumbled more easily than a true sausage patty would. We both rated the recipe at 3.5 stars. It was not a spectacular recipe, but it was a solid, tasty one.
Turkey Breakfast Sausage
1 lb lean ground turkey
¾ tsp salt
½ tsp rubbed sage
½ tsp pepper
¼ tsp ground ginger
1. Crumble turkey into a large bowl. Add the salt, sage, pepper, and ginger. Shape into eight 2-inch patties.
2. In a nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, cook patties over medium heat for 6-8 minutes on each side, or until a thermometer reads 165˚ and juices run clear.
Yield: 8 servings (serving size: 1 patty). Per serving, 2 PointsPlus.