Avoid the high cost and dubious ingredients in commercial breakfast sausage. Make your own!
One of the things that my kids really enjoy with breakfast is sausage. To buy it at the store, though, causes me a few heart palpitations. If it’s not the high cost, it’s the dubious ingredients that give me pause.
Over the years, I’ve learned that it’s really not that hard to make my own. I included a pork sausage recipe in my freezer cookbook. I love the rich flavor of pork. But ground pork is often on the pricey side.
Ground turkey, however, lower in fat, often goes on sale for as low as $2 for a 20-ounce package. This means that with some spices (that I buy in bulk) I can make a very affordable protein that goes great with the morning meal.
This recipe makes use of fresh basil that you can easily grow yourself in a pot. It turns out to be about 25 cents per portion. Not too shabby, eh?
The sausage mixture comes together in just a few minutes and then bakes in the oven. You can freeze the patties, cooked or uncooked to enjoy at a later date if you like.
Recipe: Homemade Spicy Turkey Sausage with Garlic and Basil
- 1.3 pounds ground turkey (a 20-ounce package is fine as well)
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon crushed garlic
- 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, the more the spicier
- Preheat the oven to 350°. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray it with non-stick cooking spray.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the turkey, basil, garlic, salt, paprika, pepper, and cayenne.
- With wet hands (the mixture will be sticky), divide the mixture into 8 portions and pat each into a patty. Place on the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake for 25 minutes, turning once, until the patties are cooked through and starting to brown.
- Alternatively, you can cook the patties in a hot skillet until cooked through and browned.
- Patties can be frozen. If freezing them uncooked, freeze them on a plastic-lined sheet until firm. Then remove from sheet and place in a ziptop freezer bag and return to the freezer immediately. Cooked and cooled patties can be stored in a ziptop freezer bag. Chill completely before freezing.
Preparation time: 5 minute(s)
Cooking time: 25 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 8