I think I may have mentioned in the past that I grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where one of the primary food groups is sausage. The community in which I was raised was heavily influenced by its German, Polish and Italian population, making for a LOT of different types of this ground meat. One of my favorites growing up was this type that my dad would cook on the week – a deliciously sweet breakfast sausage!
Confession: I always chose the breakfast sausage over the bacon.
That sweet flavor profile is something that I have longed to replicate in something that was a bit healthier than the version my dad used to make; and I’ve finally struck gold! This week’s recipe is a delicious apple maple breakfast sausage made with ground turkey (or chicken, if you prefer). For sweetness and moisture I’ve added shredded apple, and a touch of maple extract rounds it off beautifully.
Enjoy this breakfast sausage as part of a well balanced morning meal (don’t forget your dairy and fruit!), or use it in place of plain ground meat or poultry in some of my other recipes; like the meatball soup with kale. You can even make a big batch of the meat mixture and freeze it in smaller portions to be thawed and used at a later date.
Apple Maple Breakfast Sausage Recipe
- 20 ounces lean ground turkey (or chicken, if you prefer)
- 1 large apple, grated
- 2 tablespoons chives, finely minced
- 1 tablespoon Splenda® granular “measures like sugar”
- 1 teaspoon maple extract
- 1 teaspoon fennel seed
- 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
- 1/2 teaspoon Morton® Lite Salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Using your hands, gently mix all ingredients in a bowl until just combined. Cover and let rest at room temperature for 30 minutes to allow flavors to meld.
Preheat nonstick skillet over high heat.
Divide mixture into 12 balls, then flatten gently. Coat hot skillet with oil sprayer and carefully add patties, pressing slightly, which assists in browning. Let cook for 3 minutes or until a rich brown color and turn, pressing gently on the other side. Reduce heat slightly, to medium-high, and allow to cook through, uncovered, about 3-5 minutes more depending on thickness of patties.
Makes 4 servings
Get creative! This recipe is a great base for many breakfast favorites with ingredients on the updated Food List with the new STEP™ Program.