This is our favorite homemade breakfast sausage, and since it made for a delicious start to Christmas day I thought I'd post it here as last week's end-of-the-week recipe blogging post. This sausage is extremely easy to make: all it takes is some ground meat, a few spices, and a little time for the sausage to sit. The cooked sausage is very flavorful and goes well with toast or hearty pancakes.
2 pounds ground turkey
1/3 cup onion, finely chopped
2 teaspoons fresh parsley, minced
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground sage
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried marjoram
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
some oil for frying
1. Mix the ground turkey and all the spices in a large bowl.
2. Form the sausage into two cylindrical logs (~3 inches in diameter), wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate or freeze until needed (I'd suggest at least overnight).
3. Cut the sausage logs into slices (~5/8 inch thick is what I use) and fry in a bit of oil until both sides are nicely browned and the middle is cooked. This last time I used a griddle set at 350F, though I've also used a frying pan over medium or medium-high heat on a stovetop.
If you don't have all the spices I wouldn't panic; the sausage would probably be fine if you left out a spice or two.
I believe my mom found and modified this recipe from an Amish cookbook a number of years ago, but I no longer have the original reference.