May 06, 2011

Mom's Turkey Breakfast Sausage

Pork sausage on a "diet" warrants a slap on the hand. The sodium content is high. Mr. Sideline Chef likes having pork sausage with his breakfast. In fact, breakfast tacos with sausage, eggs, hash browns, and cheese was the norm. I on the other hand am not so much a fan of the bloat but really enjoy the flavor.

The Flat Belly Diet Cookbook offers a fantastic substitute for pork sausage. Turkey sausage. This recipe is a great way to keep your sodium content in check. It's a great alternative that made me feel like this was something healthier to feed my family and start their days off on the right foot. While the turkey sausage is a little bit dry it was packed with lots of flavor. The sage really stood out and hints of maple shined through.

I think these sausages would be perfect for breakfast sandwiches, a side dish, or any other recipe that calls for sausage. These sausages are great for making ahead and reheating in the microwave during the week for a quick breakfast.

Makes 8 Servings (Serving size = 2 patties)

Stars of the Show:
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground sage
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 1/4 lb extra lean ground turkey
  • 2 tsp olive oil, divided
And Action:

Combine the maple syrup, pepper, sage, salt, and onion powder in a large bowl and mix with a fork until smooth.

Add the turkey and mix gently until the seasonings are evenly distributed. Roll into small balls about 1" each. I used a tablespoon cookie scooper and ended up with 16 balls.

Heat 1 teaspoon of the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat (This heat was too high. I ended up burning my first few. Medium heat was just right.) Place half of the balls in the skillet. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes per side, flattening with a spatula when flipped, (I formed the patties in my hand before adding them to the skillet.) until cooked through. Add the remaining 1 teaspoon oil and repeat with the remaining patties.

Nutritional Information Per Serving:
Calories: 100
Protein: 18 g
Carbohydrates: 4 g
Fat: 2 g
Saturated Fat: 0 g
Cholesterol: 30 mg
Sodium: 190 mg
Fiber: 0 g


Katrina {In Katrina's Kitchen} said...

I love turkey sausage - I can't live without sausage I don't think! lol Hey thanks for stopping by my blog! Good luck on the giveaway :) ♥- Katrina

Pretend Chef said...

Katrina - I enjoyed browsing through your blog. So cute. I sure hope I win those loaf pans. They'd be perfect for trying out that beautiful bread.

Lizzy said...

I never eat sausage anymore...but this version looks yummy and healthy! Thanks for sharing :) Have a great weekend!

Pretend Chef said...

Lizzy - I swore off sausage for a while but couldn't stay away for too long. This makes me feel better about eating it.

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