A kind reader, Sarah, recently sent a recipe she had created for chicken apple sausages, and I knew I had to try them! Because of all of the ground turkey available right now, I decided to try it with ground turkey. These sausages are lightly spiced, with little bursts of sweetness from the dried apples. Very delicious! Thank you Sarah!
Sarah also mentioned that these make a much cheaper version of the expensive apple chicken sausages you see in the stores.
I thought I should share them right away because these would be perfect for a holiday brunch. Put them along side sourdough pancakes, or soaked whole grain pancakes, scrambled eggs, and gingerbread muffins (or what about pumpkin muffins?), and you have a tasty and nourishing meal!
They also would make an excellent meat for a lunch or dinner. You could even leave the sausage unformed, and cook it up to use in different recipes. There are a lot of possibilities for this recipe!
I hope everyone’s Thanksgiving preparations are going well. I will be making my pumpkin pie on Wednesday, and finishing a few little projects on Thursday, so all I need to do today is go grocery shopping.
Enjoy your holiday (and these wonderful sausages too!)
Turkey (or Chicken) Apple Sausages
I tried making these into large sausages at one point, and they were much harder to get to cook all the way through. I found the way to go was making small breakfast size sausages. I also messed up and only used two teaspoons of sage, but I think they would be even better with the two tablespoons!
1 lb ground organic turkey or chicken (thighs work great)
3/4 C diced organic dried apples
1 tbsp maple syrup or honey
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp Allspice (Sarah’s note: a little goes a long way – I think this is the secret ingredient that makes them taste SOOO good!)
2 tablespoons dried Sage
Mix all ingredients well in a medium size bowl. You will find your hands work the best in mixing ground meat. Preheat a large pan with enough coconut oil or olive oil to cover the bottom. Shape the patties into small patties (I found that two tablespoons worth of the mixture, flattened, made a nice size patty that cooked easily.) Cook until one side is crusty and browned, and it looks like it is cooked half way up the sausage, turn over, and cook until the other side is browned as well. You may have to cook these in several batches. Just make sure the middle is cooked and serve!