Turkey Breakfast Sausage

March 26, 2016 – 12:17 pm

For a lean, flavorful high protein start to your day

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This is a delicious, lean, high-protein alternative to store-bought sausage. It makes a great breakfast sandwich. Or, add crumbled sausage to scrambled eggs, breakfast casseroles and breakfast burritos.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (omit or reduce for less spicy sausage)
  • 1/4 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 2 teaspoons canola or olive oil

Directions

In large bowl, mix applesauce, salt, pepper, cayenne, sage, red pepper flakes, coriander, garlic powder, and onion powder.This is a delicious, lean, high-protein alternative to store-bought sausage. It makes a great breakfast sandwich. Or, add crumbled sausage to scrambled eggs, breakfast casseroles and breakfast burritos. Add ground turkey; using a light touch, mix until well combined. Use approx. 1/4 cup mixture to form each patty. (Use more to form larger patties if you want them to be the size of an English muffin.) Heat canola oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Add turkey patties; when browned, flip over and brown other side. Leaving patties in skillet, let juices that are released cook down and brown in pan. Add 2-3 tablespoons water to skillet to dissolve brown bits; as browned liquid cooks down, flip patties so they are coated in the brown liquid as they continue to cook. Remove and eat right away or freeze.

TO FREEZE the cooked patties: let cool, place it in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze. Transfer frozen patties to plastic bag. To thaw 1-2 patties, place on small plate & microwave at 50% power for 1 minute, flip patties and repeat for 30 seconds more, or until heated through.

NUTRITIONAL INFO for 1 sausage patty (12 patties per batch): 64 calories, 3.4g fat, 223.3mg sodium, 1g carbs, 0 fiber, 7.4g protein
WEIGHT WATCHERS PointsPlus: 2 points per sausage patty

Given a choice between a sweet or savory breakfast, I usually lean towards the savory. Eggs with breakfast sausage are my favorite; I especially like them together in a breakfast sandwich.

Problem is, when I stop and read the ingredients and nutritional information on a package of Jimmy Dean or similar sausage, I find things that I know I shouldn't be putting in my body. Not only is pork sausage normally very high in fat, but the popular brands also contain corn syrup and MSG.

I wondered if I could figure out how to make a breakfast sausage from turkey that would taste good enough to satisfy my appetite for the naughtier version that I've eaten most of my life. With some trial-and-error, I played around with seasonings until I arrived at this recipe. Now I have turkey sausage patties in my freezer that I can thaw quickly in the microwave to eat with an egg any ol' time I'm having a hankerin' for eggs and sausage.

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Source: www.theyummylife.com

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