Homemade Turkey Sausage

I happen to like sausage.  I like the flavor, not the calories.  I am not particularly attached to the pork and grease either.  So I was delighted to find a turkey sausage recipe that lets me have sausage, but just with lean, ground turkey.

This recipe works well for adding to spaghetti sauce, lasagna, pizza, scrambled eggs, fried zucchini and tomatoes, biscuits & gravy, etc. And of course you can shape it into patties for breakfast.

It is from a cookbook called Lickity Split Meals by Zonya Foco, a health personality that has a lot of reasonable, good advice about a healthy lifestyle based on exercise and eating smart, but not dieting.

You can get her Homemade Turkey Sausage recipe online for ground turkey in the amounts of 40 oz. or 120 oz.  I buy ground turkey from Sam’s Club in 80 oz., so here is the recipe I’ve been following.  As I review her recipe, I see I must have figured some things out incorrectly, but I’ve enjoyed the recipe, so here it is.

Actually, I think she may have changed her recipe (I got it out of the library a while back).  Obviously it isn’t chemistry, so adjust as you prefer.  Next time I’m going to try it with more applesauce than listed below.

Homemade Turkey Sausage

80 0z. ground turkey breast
2 tsp black pepper
1 T dried sage
1 T dried thyme
1 T dried rosemary
(I leave out red pepper flakes–I prefer less spiciness)
3/4 tsp cayenne
20 grinds fresh ground pepper
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 cup applesauce, unsweetened

Mix it all up really well (I use a Kitchen Aid, hands can do the trick, too).  Then do what you want with it.  I like to cook it all right then and package it up in baggies or containers in the amounts I commonly use and freeze it.

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My name is Sunny, and my husband and I have five "children" ages 19 to 4. I love learning. I have a M.F.A. in Humanities and dream about going back to school some day. I run around doing "mom" stuff, try to put a nutritious dinner on the table for whomever shows up, and I thrive on creative projects when possible. Mostly I strive to just keep up with the mountains and mole hills of day to day life.
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