Maple Turkey Breakfast Sausage
Full of fresh herbs, a hint of heat and a little sweetness, this homemade turkey sausage will quickly become a staple at your breakfast table. So simple to make, you’ll never buy it at the grocery store again.
I know what you’re thinking….why bother making my own sausage when you can pick it up at the store and throw it in a pan. Who has time for this kind of nonsense? Right? That’s what I thought too. And then I had the pleasure of tasting “House made” breakfast sausage at a restaurant….it was unreal. You can’t buy that flavor at a store. You just can’t.
If you think about it, sausage is just a round, tube-like version of meatloaf. The spices are what makes it sausage and you don’t need a casing, which was a relief because I’m not ready for that kind of project right now. Aside from the fact that we all know what a casing is made from….right? I’ll eat it but just don’t talk about it. Let’s move on.
Just like all my savory breakfast meats…..I love it a little sweet. I don’t know why but when I think of breakfast I need it to be a little sugary sweet but not overkill, buttercream frosting sweet. Know what I mean? So, I thought I would add a little maple syrup to the mix and all would be right in the world.
The most tedious part (if you can even call it that) is rolling it into a cylinder and wrapping it in plastic wrap. And then waiting…..and waiting….and waiting some more for it to firm up a little in the freezer so you can cut it into rounds and then fry it up. The sausage can be frozen, uncut, wrapped in foil for up to 2 months OR you can cut it, cook it and freeze it in a freezer back for up to 30 days.
It’s perfect with a side of pancakes, oatmeal, in a breakfast sandwich or just on its own with a side of fruit. Quick, healthy and extremely tasty….this will make your busy mornings a little happier. I promise.
Get the Recipe: Maple Turkey Breakfast Sausage
- 1 pound lean ground turkey
- 1 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh sage
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon cayenne
- 3 teaspoons pure maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the turkey, sage, thyme, rosemary, nutmeg, cayenne, syrup, salt and pepper until all the ingredients are thoroughly incorporated. (Using your hands is the best method) Form the meat mixture into a log approximately 4 inches in diameter and roll tightly in plastic wrap.
- Wrap the sausage log in foil and place in the freezer for 1 hour to allow it to firm up. This makes slicing easier.
- Remove the sausage from the freezer and unwrap. Using a serrated knife, cut the sausage into 1/2 inch patties.
- In a large frying pan, cook the patties over medium heat until brown and turn over. Continue to cook until cooked through. Transfer to a platter and serve immediately or freeze in an airtight container.