Monday, August 9, 2010

Homemade Italian Turkey Sausage....

This is so incredibly simple and can be used in omelets, as a pizza topping, in quick pasta dishes, soups, *meat balls, and other traditional Italian dishes, just to name a few.  I like to toast the fennel first to bring out the flavor, this will give a true Italian sausage flavor.  If you like hot sausage, simply add more red pepper flakes.  Enjoy!

Turkey Italian Sausage

1 tablespoon whole fennel seeds, toasted
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon granulated garlic powder
½ teaspoon granulated onion powder
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes (or more)
1 ¼ lbs. 93/7 ground turkey
½ teaspoon salt

1) Heat a small skillet over medium heat and toast the fennel seeds for a couple of minutes, watch closely and give the pan a shake every 30 seconds.  You will start to smell a lovely licorice scent.
2) Add olive oil to pan. Add garlic powder, onion powder, and red pepper flakes. Give a quick stir and add ground turkey. Season with salt.  Cook through, stirring often and breaking up meat with a spoon.

*For meat balls, simply toast the fennel, allow to cool, and mix all seasonings and raw ground turkey together in a mixing bowl until well blended.  Add to traditional meat ball ingredients.
*For breakfast sausage, simply add 1 teaspoon ground sage to the raw mixture.  Shape into patties and cook in a hot pan with a little olive oil.  Enjoy with Vanilla Yogurt Whole Grain Pancakes.

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