Homemade Turkey Breakfast Sausage
I've been trying to eat more protein for breakfast recently, which isn't always so easy for an oatmeal/cereal/toast loving gal. And I love my green smoothies with protein powder, but everyone needs a little variety now and then. The problem is, I'm usually running out the door at the very last minute before I know I'll be late for work so it's not always so easy to fry up some bacon or make that chicken omelet I've been craving.
Luckily, these homemade turkey sausage patties can be made ahead, so whip up a batch on Sunday night and you'll have a healthy protein boost ready to help you kick start your morning!
Packed inside these terrific turkey treats are all the flavors you're looking for in sausage: garlic, smoked paprika, and fennel seed. And because you're using turkey you get all that sausage flavor with way fewer calories and fat grams then if you ordered up a side at your local breakfast joint.
Mixing these patties up is a cinch, but you can't be afraid to get your hands dirty! Really get in there and mix the herbs and spices in so that each bite tastes as good as the next. Then, simply pan fry the sausages, about 5 minutes per side. You need about 2 teaspoons of oil in the pan before you get cooking; the ground turkey breast doesn't have the fat content of pork or beef, so it needs a little help!
These sausage patties taste great drizzled with maple syrup or dunked in a farm fresh egg yolk. You could also whip yourself up a homemade Sausage McMuffin. I bet they'd also be great sliced up and wrapped around a pancake. Man, is anyone else getting hungry???
Recipe: Homemade Turkey Sausage
- 1 pound ground turkey breast
- 2 teaspoons fennel seed
- 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix very well with your hands, being sure to incorporate fully.
- Form into 8 patties.
- Heat 2 teaspoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Cook sausage about 5-7 minutes per side, until brown on both sides and cooked though.