turkey sage sausage.

see, the thing about me & my food allergies is that the allergies never leave me. i may have fewer symptoms, but i'm never scot-free. so that means that most pre-packaged sausages are not for me. they usually contain soy -- which is my greatest problem when it comes to eating foods prepared by hands that are not my own. so, i talked to my mom -- who is the guru of food allergy stuff now, since she has celiac disease and a mounting list of foods that bother her -- and was able to figure out my own recipe for turkey sage sausage. ready? let's do it!


1 lb ground turkey (can be white meat or dark, i prefer stoneybrook farms' 85/15, as it is dark meat and has lots of good flavor)
about 7 leaves of sage, chopped finely or torn into little pieces
3 cloves of garlic, peeled and pressed
salt, to taste
black pepper, to taste
about 1 tbsp of onion powder (i had no onions, but strongly recommend trying this w/ a finely diced vidalia)
crushed red pepper, to taste
olive oil


mix all ingredients in a glass bowl (in my opinion, raw meat should not touch plastics, if possible -- plastic is too porous and i personally don't like the idea of meat remnants being all in my tupperware)
make small meatballs -- about 1.5 inches in diameter and flatten them to the palms of your hands (to keep them from sticking to your fingers, it may be necessary to cover your hands in olive oil beforehand) into patties.
coat a skillet (y'all know i use cast iron) with olive oil; heat the skillet over medium-high heat.
**to tell if the oil is hot enough, drip a wee bit of water into the skillet. if the water dances, it's ready.
fit as many patties as you can into the skillet. brown them fully on each side. make sure the juices run clear from the sausage patties, else you've got some raw meat on your hands. that's not what we're going for here, not at all.
remove each patty from the skillet individually -- be old school like me, and place them on paper towels to catch the oil. lol.

serve w/ biscuits, waffles, grits, oatmeal, or whatever you like. enjoy!

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