Make Homemade Turkey Sausage!

Make this recipe even easier by creating a jar of seasonings for this sausage. Learn how!

We LOVE ham and sausage at our house…but from what I read, pork is not the best for you. This Turkey Sausage is a delicious alternative…it’s easy and it tastes great!

See…it looks like sausage and everything?! My kids devour this sausage!

Homemade Turkey Sausage

Homemade Turkey SausageYum

1 pound ground turkey
3 Tablespoon minced onion
¼ teaspoon cumin
¼ teaspoon marjoram
¼ teaspoon ground pepper
¼ teaspoon oregano
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon dried basil
½ teaspoon thyme
½ teaspoon sage
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 egg (optional)

Mix all ingredients. Chill for about an hour. (If you forget to chill this ahead of time…it cooks up okay anyway!)  Form into patties. Saute in butter.

You’ll find more recipes like this in my ebook:  Think Breakfast…Outside of the Box!

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  1. says

    Could you explain why you think pork is not good for you? I have heard several people say the same things lately but do not know what the explanation is behind it.

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    Elizabeth Reply:

    In the Bible there is a list of creatures which God says not to eat, including owls, bats, mice,
    vultures and other types of animals that most people would not dream of eating. Pigs are on the
    list of “Do not eat” animals along with others that are commonly eaten such as shellfish. The
    types of animals we are permitted to eat (according to the Bible) include fish that has both
    fins and scales, birds that are not birds of prey or carrion such as vultures, hawks and eagles.
    As far as mammals go, we are permitted to eat that which has a split hoof and chews the cud, such
    as cattle, buffalo, venison, sheep, goats but not pigs, horses, donkeys or rabbit etc, because
    while they have a split hoof, they do not chew the cud, or they chew the cud, but do not have a split hoof.

    As far as pork goes, pigs do not chew the cud and they have a very simple digestive system.
    They will eat anything at all, including dead things. It is this that makes pork unhealthy, the fact
    that its very simple digestive system would allow all sorts of toxins from the food it eats ultimately
    to find its way into the flesh. Cattle are supposed to eat grass, and as we know, grass fed cattle
    produce healthier and leaner meat that corn fed. What an animal eats ends up in its flesh.

    This is also the reason for the ban of shellfish such as oysters, clams and scallops, which are filter
    feeders and absorb all the toxins around them, and shellfish such as shrimp, lobster and crayfish, which
    are scavengers and will eat anything. I think of them as the cockroaches of the sea.

    Eating ‘clean’ animals that are fed their own natural organic diet (ie grass and not corn laced with protein
    meal made from dead roadkill or unhealthy animals… cattle, sheep and goats are supposed to
    be vegetarians) will get you one step closer to good health.

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    Danielle Reply:

    That’s old testament in the New Testament, God made all things clean, and are ok to eat. Read Mark 7.

    Truly what is unhealthy is the nitrates found in sausage/pork etc. If you buy nitrate free it’s better.

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    Patrick Reply:

    If that were true then it all would be a lie, because if any part
    of the word is a lie or false, it all is a lie or false,
    look at 1 John 5:4.

    Lora Reply:

    Yes this is God’s truth and praying a blessing over your food is my suggestion. I also eat pork regularly due to beef being a gout trigger for me, via the Lord. I have not noticed any physical issues from eating pork.

    Danielle Reply:

    Patrick, it’s not that it’s a lie. The Bible tells of what was
    in the Old Testament, and how it was BEFORE the law. If we went by
    the Bible ALL the time and went by what was written in the Old Testament
    women would not be allowed out of the house for WEEKS because of her
    cycle. And NO marital relations for 3 months after the birth of a
    daughter. If that’s how you do it in your home that’s fine, but you
    can’t pick and choose what you want to believe and live by.

    Christ redeemed us from the CURSE of the law. Part of the curse was food restrictions.

    I can only see half of what I’m writing, sorry in advance if the
    breaks are off.

    Janet Reply:

    don’t stop there to prove your point. Read further. The Bible will explain itself.

    Kelley Reply:

    Peace, brothers and sisters. Read Romans 14.

    Hannah W. Reply:

    Danielle … how is it that our God who is a loving Father, who wants only the best for us, would give a law that is a curse? He is the same yesterday, today, and forever – He never changes … why does His law suddenly change? It is out of context to say that in Mark 7, everything was made clean. That passage is talking about pharisaical, ceremonial, man-made laws concerning washing hands vs. not washing hands. It makes no reference to clean or unclean meats, or that now all unclean meats are clean. Our family has found it very important and beneficial to read the Scriptures in the context that they were written.

    Lynn Reply:

    The dietary restrictions in the Old Testament are for the Jewish people. They hold true to be healthy not to eat those things, but they are part of the Law. Now, just because it is the old testament does not mean the New Testament did away wth it. The Old Testament is the basis of the New. The dietary restrictions and laws still are relevant.

    Kelly Reply:

    http://www.moriel.org/articles/sermons/typology_of_the_dietary_laws.htm
    This is an excellent ‘sermon’ typed out about the dietary laws.
    Opened my eyes to why some are/were clean and some are/were unclean.

    Blessings!

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    Kelly Reply:

    Just made this sausage. yum! I didn’t use all the same ingredients since I don’t have them and don’t plan to go buy them all. I used: nutmeg, cayenne, salt, pepper, nosalt spice mix from Costco, ginger, and I think that’s it. Sauteed one in olive oil just to see if the spices are right and it was yummy! Not sure if the stepkiddos will like it. They don’t like much ifit isn’t sugar coated, but that’s okay, because I’ll eat it if nobody else will :) These will b good to keep in the freezer for weekend breakfasts or breakfast burritos.

    Jennifer Reply:

    “Therefore let no one judge you in food or in drink, or in respect of a feast, or of the new moon, or of the sabbaths. For these are a shadow of things to come, but the body is of Christ. Let no one defraud you, delighting in humility and worship of the angels, intruding into things which he has not seen, without a cause being vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, and not holding the Head, from whom all the body, having been supplied through the joints and bands, and having been joined together, will grow with the growth of God.

    If then you died with Christ from the elements of the world, why, as though living in the world, are you subject to its ordinances: touch not, taste not, handle not; which things are all for corruption in the using, according to the commands and doctrines of men? These things indeed have a reputation of wisdom in self-imposed worship and humility, and unsparing severity of the body, but are not of any value for the satisfying of the flesh.”(Col 2:16-23)

    Jesus spoke through his apostles to those of the New Covenant. We are not to enslave ourselves to the law, but rather to Christ. Blessings.

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    TTessa Reply:

    Eating pork and pig in general is bad because they eat whatever is fed to them which sometimes includes pig. This causes lots of bacteria and it is said that one in five people gets worms from eating pig.

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    Rachelle Reply:

    In love I say, the law is not a curse by any means. God gave it to us for our good. He is holy and his ways are not our ways. When we see His commandments as a curse we are giving up the blessings that He meant for us. The verse, “If you love me you will keep my commnadments.” speaks volumes to me about His heart for us. Breaking God’s law is longer to death for us. Messiah saved us from the wages of our sin, (death). But why would we want to go ahead and sin just because we are forgiven for our sin. Granted, there is no way to follow all of the law and the law was never meant to be salvtion. But it was meant for our good! It just breaks my heart to know that we as Christians balk at the goodness of our Father because it doesn’t make sense to us. Remember the greatest commandments and the weightier matter of the law which is to love God and others. The love of our brother is before our own need to obey! And BTW it’s not hard to stay away from pork. There are plenty of great alternatives!

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    Melodya Reply:

    I’m curious why Acts 11 isn’t mentioned here? God’s truths, even in parable are true physically.

    Acts 11: Upon the which when I had fastened mine eyes, I considered, and saw fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. And I heard a voice saying unto me, Arise, Peter; slay and eat. But I said, Not so, Lord: for nothing common or unclean hath at any time entered into my mouth. But the voice answered me again from heaven, What God hath cleansed, [that] call not thou common.

    Rom 14:14 I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that [there is] nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him [it is] unclean.

    1Ti 4:3-5 …forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.

    Christ did not change the law, He fulfilled it, and many of the OT laws were for a purpose then AND a type and shadow for now. God does not change, yet we no longer sacrifice for our sins, some things were for teaching a truth/principle.

    Pork, especially wild, which is what it was in OT times is certainly unhealthy, like eating a vulture. If you study the word “abomination” in the Bible, you will see that for our ONE word abomination, there were 12 different words by God. Therefore, homosexuality is not the same as eating seafood. God’s people would have been sick like the heathen b/c they ate like the heathen. God had a higher purpose.

    Yet there is a principle to this, that bottom feeders, scavengers, are not the healthiest of animals by Nature. But we also see a great truth, the power of prayer in faith of thanksgiving, has a cleansing effect upon what we eat. Not an excuse to not be stewardly, but also bringing about the balance to not be legalistic. There are better things to eat, but an organic, domesticated, animal being eaten is not = to the kind in the OT, nor are we under the restrictions but by the Holy Ghost, that is poured out now that wasn’t then, do we have power over the stigma of “unclean.” Which was to show a cleaner healthier people who represented God, which we now do with wisdom AND the power of the Holy Spirit.

    I generally do not eat pork. It’s the least in all the abundance of options we have. It, for me, would be unstewardly, like eating cheeto puffs for dinner. YET, if that was put before me, I KNOW by the Word of God, that my sincere thankful prayer would cleanse that food. Romans goes on to say it’s by faith, and anything not done in faith is sin. It still stands to prove a truth that some foods are less healthy, but they are merely meat and have NO evil in themselves. Jesus said, it’s not what goes IN the belly but what comes out of the heart that makes a man unclean. If my Saviour says it, that is my truth.

    :) I couldn’t help but chime in, there is so much more to the Word of God! Line upon line, it all fits. Much love to all the Sisters! <3

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    Hannah Reply:

    You bring up Acts 11, but you do not mention Peter’s own interpretation of the vision. In Acts 10:28, Peter says “Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.” He says nothing about unlcean animals now being clean and okay to eat. Again, it is important to understand the context of the scriptures. Paul (the author of Romans 14:14 and 1Timothy 4:3-5) would never encourage or condone the eating of unclean animals, when he himself said; “Neither against the law of the Jews, neither against the temple, nor yet against Caesar, have I offended any thing at all.” It is true that some things were for teaching a truth/principle, and are not in practice anymore, such as animal sacrifice (although the Messiah/Prince will offer animal sacrifices when He returns, according to Ezekiel 45). However, there is no scriptural reference (speaking in context) that supports the idea that all animals are now clean and to be eaten. You say that “Christ did not change the law, He fulfilled it”, and yet you believe that the law that pork is unclean, is now changed. As I mentioned before, we have found it very important to look at the scriptures in the context (and at times, the language) they were written in.

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    Hannah W. Reply:

    I had one more thought to share. In Isaiah 66, it describes the people that the Almighty is going to destroy, and it includes those who eat swine’s flesh (verse 17). I will agree that there are different Hebrew words that were used for “abomination”, but I think it would be best to stay away from all abominations.

    Melodya Reply:

    I agree, context is essential. So check again. Yes, Peter does actually address that meat was the simple truth and from that, he recieved greater revelation. Act 11:8 But I said, Not so, Lord: for nothing common or unclean hath at any time entered into my mouth.

    God did address the unclean animals and said: Arise, Peter; slay and eat.

    Peter got greater revelation from a simple Truth. And the rest of the Word, especially the NT supports that we are no longer under ceremonial law.

    again: JESUS said that it’s not what enters into a man that defiles him but what proceeds out of his heart. THAT was a huge statement in those days exactly because of the law.

    Rom 14:14 ¶ I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that [there is] nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him [it is] unclean.

    Rom 14:2 For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs.
    Rom 14:3 Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.

    I think that is pretty clear, but definately walk according to your convictions. He goes on to say:

    Rom 14:15-17 But if thy brother be grieved with [thy] meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died. Let not then your good be evil spoken of: For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

    Paul held himself to a high standard that he did not command everyone else to. He was a minister of the Gospel, “all things to all men.” Since he was thus, he did not partake in many things that he knew wasn’t sin but out of consideration for those who were around him (vs 24) that did not have that understanding.

    The same could be said of meat offered unto idols:

    I don’t want to take up too much space but 1 Cor.8 spells this out perfectly.

    Hbr 10:1 For the law having a *shadow of good things to come,* and not the very image of the things,

    There is great purpose for the ceremonial laws in the OT. The things that God established that Israel was to do/not do because they were God’s chosen, set apart, a standard/example to the heathen.

    Hbr 8:6-13 But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. For this [is] the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away. (ref. Jer.31:13)

    Gal 2:14 But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before [them] all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?

    Oh that I could lay out Galations in it’s beauty even!

    Gal 3:19 ¶ Wherefore then [serveth] the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; [and it was] ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.

    Gal 4:21-26 ¶ Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law? For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman.But he [who was] of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman [was] by promise. Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar. For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.

    Gal 5:1 ¶ Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing.

    consider what he is saying? Circumcision was the emblem of their covenant from which all other laws flowed!

    What is meat? If you can recognize that some laws were fulfilled in Christ and have become nothing of themselves anylonger why can you not see the others as well? You said even the original language is relevant, but you are not applying that toward this instance of the word abomination.

    I believe it is best to study to show thyself approved unto God. If all the law is fulfilled in the 1st 2 commandments then the reveals quite a lot about what is everlasting truth, and what is an allegory for this testament we have through Jesus Christ, as His bride.

    I recognize that there is wisdom in the laws of the OT, like ‘no pork.’ But I can also understand how that fits, line upon line, precept upon precept… and know there were things that were not anything of themselves but were establishing a point and purpose for the church.

    Eph 2:14-15 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;

    The New Testament CLEARLY shows that the law, specifically the ceremonial law was for the flesh. Yet now, w/ the Holy Ghost, by faith which is our righteousness, we surpass the law, fulfilling that which the law could not even begin to fully accomplish. Which is nothing of meat, holy days, or circumcision, but love, joy, peace, which IS the kingdom of God.

    We recognize that pork is not the best meat by far. Stewardly we will not have a diet filled w/ pork, we have understanding that this body is the temple of the Holy Ghost. Yet, it is not a sin, pork is not evil of itself and neither does God enforce or expect adherance to an old covenant when we have put on Christ/our new covenant.

    I love to think on what is really truth. Truth never changes. Yet the law has, so it did not fully accomplish truth’s purpose. So then what was it (law) for? this is rhetorical. It was to expose sin. What sin did a refrainment from pork expose? If you seek to understand and wisdom, which God desires us to, you’ll see the truth God wanted Israel to get and thus obey the very root of what God was saying rather than trying to abide by every law, more than likely missing the great depth of joy from hearing the heartbeat of God.

    so I reiterate, in context :)

    1Ti 4:3-5 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from MEATS, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. For EVERY creature of God is good, and NOTHING to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.

    Thanks for such a great discussion! The Word of God is a powerful 2 edged sword, it is beautiful. I’m thankful that I am in a free country to worship and discuss the things of God openly. What a blessing, even if we don’t agree, that we can come together, as iron sharpens iron.

    Blessings!

    Jennifer Reply:

    God bless you for taking the time to research this and offer it to your fellow believers. I sense a heart to obey in both, and am thankful that we are freed from the law! :)

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  2. says

    Oh yummy!
    I have an old recipe for this but it’s not near as good as yours sounds!!! Your recipe uses several more spices that sound wonderful!
    Can’t wait to try it!

    My kids and DH, have been getting a kick out of your Peanut Butter Raisin Balls…I’ve made them 3 times in the last week or two!…as a matter of fact..shhh….there’s 4 “hiding” in the fridge right now..shh!;-)

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  3. says

    Thanks for your recipe…I’ve created several sausage recipes so I can use ground beef instead of pork (my husband loves pork, but I try to sneak other meats in instead), so I’m REALLY happy to try another sausage recipe. Always looking for the perfect recipe! I’ll try it with turkey too.

    And my other favorite thing is to make breakfast for dinner…since I don’t have time to make a five-course breakfast in the morning. :)

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  4. says

    Oh wow! Thank you SO MUCH for posting this! I’m eager to try it. I love sausage but have given up pork for the same reason. I’ve been eating the veggie sausage, which isn’t horrible, but it’s not great either.

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  5. says

    Yummy! This looks good! I’ll have to try it when I make sausage gravy next time. Only I’ll probably add some red pepper flakes, ’cause we like our sausage spicy! :-)

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  6. Sharon says

    Your recipe sounds tasty – I’ll have to give it a try. I do want to point out that pork, in and of itself, is not -bad for you – it’s the fat that usually is found with it. If you use a lean cut (loin is best) and have it ground you could use it just as the turkey. And either way, you’re replacing the bad quality of the pork with the 2 T. butter – better to spray the pan with non-stick oil.

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  7. says

    What kind of ground turkey do you get? I’m trying to find farmers to buy my meat from and the turkeys that will be ready in the fall are going to be expensive. And not ground.

    I was hoping that turkeys are not raised the same way chickens are (crammed in big buildings and fed a diet of antibiotics). I thought maybe since there was less demand for them people don’t try to raise them as quickly. I was hoping the cheap stuff at the grocery would be okay, I used to like to stock up when it went down to $1 a pound.

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    Laura Reply:

    I try to get Shelton’s Free Range Ground Turkey from Azure Standard. I’m completely out right now though, so I’m just going to get some regular stuff from the store. I don’t like to eat it on a regular basis, but I don’t feel too bad about it if we eat it occasionally.

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  8. says

    Without looking at my Sue Gregg cookbooks, this reminds me of her recipe — is that your inspiration for this?
    I’ll have to try it with beef since that’s what’s in my freezer.
    (g’night again ;-))

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    Laura Reply:

    No, I actually adapted it from a recipe in Nourishing Traditions.

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  9. says

    Not to sound dumb, but why do you cook it in butter? Do I have to? I’m just curious.

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    Laura Reply:

    Not a dumb question at all. I should have explained it in my post. Ground turkey is so lean it just sticks to the pan. I cook it in a little butter to keep it from sticking, plus I really like the flavor it adds.

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    Jen B Reply:

    Aha!! Thanks for letting me know.

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    Jennifer Reply:

    To keep it healthier, you could use a cooking spray or a little vegetable oil (less saturated fat).

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    Sara B Reply:

    http://www.whale.to/a/butter.html
    :D

  10. Mrs Team S says

    Laura-

    Do you or any others have another idea to use as a binding agent instead of an egg. We just found out my son is very allergic to eggs.

    Thanks!

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    Laura Reply:

    Ooh, I’m sorry I don’t know. Maybe one of my readers will see this comment and reply? :)

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    MommySetFree Reply:

    Mrs.Team S- Try a product called “egg replacer”, it is a powder (potatoe starch- if I remember correctly). Vegetarians use it to “bind things” in place of egg.

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    Mrs Team S Reply:

    Thank you MommySetFree. I will check into it. I appreciate the info. Have a blessed day!

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    batyah Reply:

    Hi there mom, there is a product that is called energ is product u
    can use like an egg. http://www.ener-g.com/store. check out this web
    site also if if you chocolate cake this an receipe that does not call
    eggs.if you want send me an email. Have a bless day, Batyah

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    Shara Reply:

    This is old, but I did want to mention a very healthy natural egg replacer that I have used when I ran out of eggs. Ground flaxseed and water heated up. Becomes VERY eggy. Worked very well in my baking. I always have unground flaxseed in my freezer. If you want the exact measurements I can get them. It came out of my SueGregg cookbooks.

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  11. Kathy says

    We have had one pastor who chose not to eat pork, but did not preach that we should all avoid it – it was a personal choice because of the health questions about pork. Our current pastor recently explained that he believes the reason for God’s old testament prohibition was that we now know ALL pork has trichinosis, and while we can now safely cook the meat thoroughly to get rid of that parasite, primitive cooking was very unsafe in this regard. And rather than God trying to make this problem understandable to his children, he chose to protect them by telling them not to eat it :)

    I think we can choose to follow the “old” law without being bound by it, because forgiveness through Christ has freed us from the law.

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    Geoff Reply:

    I did forget (sorry for getting caught up), thank you for the recipe! My family and I keep the dietary laws as well and for those that think pork doesn’t have any consequences, just take a look at the health of the US, which doesn’t abide by those dietary laws, meant to keep human being made in a certain image healthy. :)

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    batyah Reply:

    I chose to follow the ols law not by being legalistic but by my faith.

    Many christian speakers have all been talking about the kosher law.

    I am sabbath keeper and follow his way because I love him, it was thru
    tbn on tv that I stopped eating unbcleans meat, we have so many
    problems by eating process meat, truefully I do not miss eating those
    meats. I can say my cholestrol is good no high blood pressure.
    Anyway to each his own, its all by choice. Have a bless wk

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  12. says

    Laura, thank you so much for this recipe! I made it for breakfast burritos for dinner tonight — so tasty! I haven’t eaten sausage in a VERY long time because of all the junk in the stuff from the store. This is just perfect!

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  13. says

    Hi, just found your blog and LOVE all the great recipes ect.. I also am a Nourishing Traditions fan. I know one reason pork is often not recommended is parasites. I think if you can find good organic pork and know what they’re eating then it’s probably fine. We don’t eat tons of it but we do love the bacon from our local farmer’s market, such a treat! The dietary laws (or any of the other laws) of the OT are not applicable to new covenant believers as laws to follow, however there may be some nutritional wisdom to learn from.

    Just wanted to say also I loved your little disclaimer on the about us page and that you are flexible in some ways with your diet. I started out being completely legalistic about the whole thing and am now much more laid back knowing I can’t prevent my family from ever coming in contact with less than the best food. We just eat as well as we can at home and enjoy real foods as much as possible, looking forward to the day we are in the land flowing with (raw) milk and (raw) honey! hehe

    God bless!

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  14. Dana from Alabama says

    This might seem like a silly question…but do you freeze these before or after you cook them? Love your blog, thanks for all the inspiration!

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    Laura Reply:

    Both! :) I like to mix up a quadrupal batch, flash freeze them in patties, then put them into freezer bags. I then can pull them out and cook as needed. Easy! But, they freeze well after they’ve been cooked too!

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  15. Marsa says

    Sorry if this is a really silly question, but is the butter meant to go in with everything else or used to cook the patties in?

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    Laura Reply:

    You use the butter to cook the sausage in…I have GOT to go edit the wording on that. SO sorry for the confusion! You aren’t the only one with that question!

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  16. Kristy says

    Hi! I have been looking for a recipe for homemade turkey sausage, I am wondering, Can you like roll em around and make them into links? I need to make links so I can make my own Pancake sausage sticks for my daughter, She just loves those and Jimmy Dean just isnt cutting it for me. Would love to hear your response. Thanks, God bless.

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    Laura Reply:

    You can try making links with it. I find it easiest just to make patties or to brown in into crumbles…I haven’t had success with links.

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  17. Abby says

    This is a keeper! I just made it for dinner tonight and loved the combination of flavors. Oh, and I didn’t have marjoram, but it still tasted good, so it probably could only get better.;)

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  18. Sherry says

    Pork IS very bad for you. Pigs only have sweat glands in their snouts and in the bottom of their feet. They have no way to excrete these toxins that build up in their systems. This is why pigs can be bitten by a snake and still survive. They have so many toxins in their body, it doens’t affect them. If you take a pig and squeeze the bottom of their hoof, green junk will come out of them. They will eat anything..and I do mean anything. They will eat the cancer off of dead animals!

    As far as the health laws in the old and new testaments, it is an abomination unto ourselves, not unto the Lord. In other words, it is not a sin to eat unclean foods regarding your salvation, but it is an abomination unto you. Nothing has changed in God’s health laws between the old and the new testaments. What was bad for you then, is bad for you now.

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  19. says

    A friend of mine is a “Natural” Dr. She told me, while still studying and going through school, that Pork tends to harbor parasites more than the other animal meats. And parasites do not cook out even at the highest temperatures. I don’t have any “resources” to show you about it. She said she read of an experiment someone held. What they found out was that the parasites “ball” up together in the middle of the pork and “cocoon” themselves to stay alive. I can’t say if this info is accurate or not. But it’s interesting, none the less. I try to avoid pork when I can, but I also eat whatever is set before me, thankfully, because I think that is what the humble, Christ-like heart would do. :) And as far as the unclean vs. the clean in the Bible, I think Jesus is more concerned about the heart than our stomachs. :)

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  20. Lydia says

    This recipe is awesome! Tastes like heaven! I did not add egg in my
    Batch with my sons alllergy and it cooked fine. I only reccomend egg replacer in baked goods.

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    Mrs Team S Reply:

    That is helpful info. Thank you!

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  21. MrsWheeler says

    We have made sausage out of turkey, beef and venison before. It’s a hit with my family since we all love sausage, but eat no pork. I wanted to chime in on the discussion on swine. We live in the south and it’s the most served meat at church events! We know it must not be a healthy food to eat if the Lord saw fit to include it in the list of “do not eat.” Now, whether or not each individual believes it sinful or not is between that person and our Heavenly Father. However, since He made us, we must admit, He knows what is best for us, and therefore, our family doesn’t eat pork. Doesn’t make us popular, but I also would not eat rabbit or squirrel or monley or vulture or horse, or…..you get the picture. Wisdom teaches that the Lord knows best, and it is most wise to err on the side of caution concerning what we eat. We only get one life and there’s no point waisting what time we do have to share the goodnews :)

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    bek Reply:

    Well said ;)

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  22. Crystal says

    I’m wondering if the seasonings could be made up into a huge batch and stored in an air-tight jar, then scooped out at a proper ratio to mix in with your meat as needed. It seems that would be less time consuming than having to get out all of those bottles of spice every single time you want to make sausage. I’d be interested in the proper ratio of pre-mixed season per use if you feel up to figuring it out. :O)

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    Laura Reply:

    SUCH a great idea. I’ll put this on my list because OH that would be so helpful!!!

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    Stefanie Reply:

    Not sure if this has been addressed but I like numbers so I went ahead and made a “bulk sausage spice” ratio.

    This makes up to 8 pounds of ground turkey:
    1 1/2 C Minced Onion
    2 t Cumin
    2 t Marjoram
    2 t Ground Pepper
    2 t Oregano
    2 t Ground Nutmeg
    1 t Cayenne Pepper
    2 t Ground Ginger
    4 t Dried Basil
    4 t Thyme
    4 t Sage
    4 t Sea Salt
    Use 3 T plus 1/2 t per pound of ground turkey.

    OR for a super huge batch: (makes 48 pounds of turkey sausage)
    9 C minced onion
    1/4 C cumin
    1/4 C marjoram
    1/4 C ground pepper
    1/4 C oregano
    1/4 C ground nutmeg
    2 T cayenne pepper
    1/4 C ground ginger
    1/2 C dried basil
    1/2 C thyme
    1/2 C sage
    1/2 C sea salt
    Still using 3 T plus 1/2 t per pound of ground turkey.

    Can’t wait to try these!

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    Stefanie Reply:

    OOOPS! Typo! Use 4 T plus 1/2 t per pound of ground turkey, not 3 T! I’m a goof!

    The smaller batch would need a jar just bigger than a quart, or could MAYBE be squeezed into a quart jar. The second is 3.5 quarts of spice and probably would need a gallon jar, not that I could really imagine that much spice, but the math was fun! Have I outed myself as a total dork yet???

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    Pam M. Reply:

    Stefanie, you are awesome! Thanks for the numbers ;-)

  23. Susanna says

    I’m planning to try this recipe tomorrow with beef (since I don’t have access to good ground turkey). Do you still add the egg even when you are browning it into crumbled pieces (not making it into patties)? I also had the idea of making a big batch of the seasoning mix. One more way to use a glass jar, right? :)

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    Laura Reply:

    I do still add the egg…it helps hold it all together. BUT, you really don’t have to. The recipe will be fine without it. LOVE your idea of making a big batch of seasoning! I may try that sometime too!

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  24. Debra says

    Some of your spices don’t indicate which form of the spice to use. For example marjoram, do you use ground or leaf? I plan on making this recipe this weekend and any clarification would be appreciated. We LOOOOOOVE sausage and I want to get it right! Thanks for all your great recipes.

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    Laura Reply:

    I use leaf marjoram. Hope yours turned out great!

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  25. Fiddlesticks says

    THANK YOU! I have been looking for a way to include more healthy protein in my mornings and I have found it thanks to you! Your healthy food lifestyle has inspired me for months and this is just one more example. Thank you for being you.

    And, for anyone that might be wondering. I baked the patties in the oven on parchment paper and had no trouble and no added fat…although I am sure the butter would make them taste wonderful. :)

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  26. Dawn says

    I saw one reader commented on Nitrates. I recently asked a butcher who was selling “naturally smoked” bacon about it and he told me it is Federal law that sodium Nitrate MUST be added. They also add Citric Acid which “reduces” the incidence of cancerous tumors. Interesting. I use liquid smoke to add the smoky flavor. No nitrates. Thank you so much for the great recipe without the chemicals and sodium! Eat in health!

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  27. Robert says

    Ok I will weigh in as a farmer and a jew. A priest I know asked my Rabbi if he had ever tried bacon. My Rabbi being honest said yes once, it was ok. He then asked the priest if he had ever tried sex. The priest repied once. The Rabbi then pointed out that sex is way better than bacon.

    Religious choice is a choice. Many catholics and other christians have sex outside of marrige and many jewish people eat pork. Cysticercosis is very rare, pre modern farming techniques you should not eat undercooked pork. Now it is completly safe to have rare pork.

    God gave us the animal, warned us not to eat it thousands of yeaqrs ago but he also gave us the ability to learn and solve problems and therfore change our world and better our lifes.

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  28. Kim says

    hi laura, just wondering if you use the ground turkey from azure? where do you usually buy your meats from?

    thanks!!

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    Laura Reply:

    Yes, I get the Shelton ground turkey from Azure. I get my beef, chicken and lamb from local farmers.

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  29. May says

    After searching through many turkey recipes, I decided to use this one. I purchased two 16 pound turkey on sale for $6.77 each. I plan to grind up of the meat and make sausage. When turkeys go on sale, I have the butcher cut it in half by cutting off the frozen tail end with the metal fastener. I then freeze the halves to cook later in the season. The halves are just right for the two of us. Now I have something else to make with your recipe. Thank YOU !!

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  30. Adina says

    I am glad to find a turkey sausage recipe (and if anyone has tips on cutting up the turkey for the meat, i am open to suggestions).

    As this is my first visit to this site, I was surprised at the back and forth comments on bible scripture and religion v. health ties to types of meat one should eat.

    So if anyone is interested in a bible novice’s opinion on common sense, here it is:

    The “okay to eat” animals all have a couple of things in common: More than one stomach and vegetable – not meat – eaters.

    Whether you take the bible literally or you believe the stories are parables meant to teach lessons, the moral of the story is: Do not eat mammals that eat other mammals and the more stomachs they have, the better. Really, it’s not rocket science!

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  31. Adina says

    Hi Laura, Wonderful recipe and I followed it exactly…as I was working multiple projects at once and learning new equipment to boot, it took me a couple days to finally get the turkey sausage done. I cut up a 22 pound turkey for the meat to grind (and putting aside the legs and thighs for my husband – his favorite), I ended up with an estimated 5 pounds of ground turkey meat. I simply followed your ingredients X 5 and following Emeril’s process for his homemade breakfast sausage, turned them into turkey sausage logs in saran wrap – one to cook now, and 6 to freeze up to 2 months. It was a teeny bit salty eating the sausage alone, but mixed with anything else (I put the sausage in a roasted red bell pepper half with goat cheese) it was perfect. Kudos to you and thank you for the recipe!

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  32. Teresa says

    I have a step daughter who can’t eat pork,and she was wanting biscuits with turkey sausage gravy. So I used your recipe and she loved it. I had to add a few of the spices to garvy. Everyone else had to have the pork sausage for their garvy. I checked out several recipes and yours sounded the best. Thanks

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  33. Tamala Dennis says

    Wow – I like what you had to say Danielle. You are so correct. Jesus broke a lot of curses at the garden of Gethsamane. Praying for your food cleanses it. Pray in Jesus’ name in all things since His name carries and holds ALL POWER.

    :)

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  34. Erin S. says

    My fam and I thought this was way too salty. If I cut back on the salt next time, will that be enough to combat that or are some of the other spices used “salty” too? (yes, I know that sentence was totally a run-on [and on] sentence! Sorry.)
    Love your blog! Thanks for all your hard work.
    Erin

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    Laura Reply:

    You know, I don’t know why I had that as 2 teaspoons of salt…I agree, that is WAY too salty!! I changed it to 1/2 teaspoon, which is what I prefer. You shouldn’t need to adjust the other spices if you cut the salt back to 1/2 t. Hopefully!

    Thanks for pointing this out! I didn’t realize I had put that much salt in the recipe!

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    Laura Reply:

    I’m very sorry about that!!! I edited the post to say 1/2 teaspoon instead because you are RIGHT…2 teaspoons of salt is way too salty!! Thanks for pointing that out!

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    Laura Reply:

    Okay, computer wigging out on me there. Sorry I replied twice (and now three times). WEIRD, it didn’t show up for me the first time!

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  35. Adina says

    Hi Laura,

    I actually cut back to 1 teaspoon salt and it was perfect. the night before last I made meatballs with noodles and gravy. I used this spice mix for the beef meatballs and they were a huge hit. I am using it again tonight for my meatloaf….yum!

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  36. Sharon says

    Laura, do you use ground turkey (white and dark meat) or ground turkey breast? This recipe sounds great. We eat ground turkey breast all the time and I’m always looking for new ideas.

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    Laura Reply:

    I use ground turkey from Shelton…I’m assuming it’s dark meat???

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  37. Katherine says

    Hi – I was wondering about reheating when frozen already cooked. How do you reheat the frozen precooked sausage patties?
    Thanks!

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    Laura Reply:

    I put them in our toaster oven on a baking stone to reheat. Usually though, I freeze them in UNCOOKED patties, then cook them from frozen state in a skillet slowly.

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  38. Jenn says

    Can I cook these up and re-freeze them for later use? Thanks! They sound delicious!!

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    Laura Reply:

    Yep, that will be fine!

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  39. Maxime says

    Would these be good with ground chicken as well? (It;s what I happen to have in the freezer….)

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    Laura Reply:

    Yes, ground chicken should be great for this recipe too!

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    Jenn Reply:

    Thanks so very much! Making it tonight – can’t wait to have tasty turkey sausage without all the additives! :)

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  40. LORI says

    thank you! i too refuse to eat pork, I’ve always had problems, and once i gave it up, my health returned! I’ve been looking for a sausage recipe that doesn’t contain nitrates and is easy to make! Thank you so very much. My son and husband will be thrilled.

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  41. Pam M. says

    Thanks so much for the recipe! I was also thinking about mixing up a batch of the seasoning and figuring out how much to use for each pound of meat used. I will let you know the measurements when I get it figured out ;-)

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  42. Polly Fontenot says

    Wow, this thread was interesting. All the debate from a sausage recipe. I can’t help but add my two cents. I would suggest reading Matthew 5. If Yahusha (Jesus) said that not one jot or tittle of the law is undone until heaven and earth pass away, then that is good enough for me. A lot of people quote Peter or Paul but it is the Messiah who is our example if we claim to be believers. And, those verses involving Paul and Peter are grossly misinterpreted all the time. You need to get a Greek to Hebrew dictionary/concordance and start looking up what things really mean. Also, blessing the food isn’t going to clean it. That isn’t anywhere founded in scripture. In fact, most verses in scripture involve thanking YHWH (God) for the food, not blessing the food and it was done after the meal. I can’t believe the Jewish commentor said it was ok-ish to eat pork. Shame on you :)

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  43. Mary says

    Is this from nourishing traditions or is it your own recipe?

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    Laura Reply:

    This recipe is based on the Nourishing Traditions recipe, but tweaked a little because I think there’s is too spicy, too salty and I don’t feel the need to add bread crumbs!

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  44. Courtney says

    Thank you for sharing this recipe! This was perfect timing because I had several pounds of ground turkey in the freezer and no idea what to do with it (turkey burgers get kinda boring after awhile…) My family loves this sausage – thanks again :)

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  45. says

    This was YUMMY!!!! I made it tonight, for breakfast tomorrow and I made it with beef. My handsome hubby liked it, my sweet picky eater 12 year old daughter liked it, and my 2 year old, never had and never will have nitrates (YUCK YUCK YUCK) loved it too. I am so happy to find a replacement to the YUCK the stores sale. Thank you, Thank you and Thank you again. You ROCK!!!!

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  46. Kathi says

    I did not read ALL of the posts regarding this debate on pork….So if what I’m saying has already been said….grace to me please. I agree in not eating pork because of the biblical directive. I have found it sad and humorous how passionately Christians will stand in defense of eating such a filthy animal inspite of scripture telling us it is not an animal God designed for the purpose of human consumption. They are quick to call us “legalistic”. All scripture is given for our wisdom and benefit. Are you sinning when you choose to eat pork? Not sure I would say that…but am I being unwise to eat pork when I know scripture has specifically mentioned this animal as unclean and not suitable for consumpiton…yes. And scripture admonishes us to always choose what is wise. One can come up with many excuses to defend the consumption of pork…but the bottom line is if you choose to eat pork meat you are choosing to walk outside the wisdom of God which can always be a detrimental choice. Peace and blessings to you my sister! I am going to try this recipe today…as this is how I found this site, I googled homemade turkey sausage!
    Kathi

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  47. Davids Momma says

    I was searching for a recipe for making turkey sausage from ground turkey and this looked (and sounds from various replies) like the best one. I have a recipe for breakfast biscuits from Jiffy that calls for sausage. It was good, but I prefer turkey sausage. My husband and I work at a children’s home and someone brought a HUGE donation of ground turkey so I’ve been exploring various recipes to try.

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  48. Mary Meyer says

    Re: Sheltons Turkey Sausage – When I contacted them, the person I spoke with told me they “may” be fed GMO feed. After much research into GMO’s, nothing is further from “nature” than this threat. As far as conventional turkey, I would do without.

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  49. Stephanie says

    If I want to freeze these, should I form the patties, freeze raw, & cook after thawing? Or should I cook the patties first, freeze, & just heat up after thawing? I have a child in pre-K & am looking for easy, healthy breakfast ideas so she’s not eating cheerios every morning before heading out the door. :) Thanks!

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    Laura Reply:

    Yes, I usually freeze raw patties and cook them as needed. I usually just take them out of the freezer and put them frozen, directly into the pan to cook. Works great!

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    Lyndsay Reply:

    I made a bunch of these, cooked them all, and froze the leftover patties. They reheated really well in the microwave and were quick and easy!

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  50. Stephanie says

    I love this recipe I don’t form it into patties I just let it chill then brown it like ground beef. Then put it in the freezer. I then use to mix with our hash browns and eggs or in pancakes.

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    Stephanie Reply:

    OK, thanks for the tip! I went ahead & formed the patties, cooked them, then froze – sounds like I did the right thing. :) We ate them for the first time this morning; I just heated them in the microwave. One girl ate her patty right up; the other one didn’t seem to like it as much. I think next time I will try your suggestion & add to the eggs. Thanks!

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    Kristie Reply:

    Do you add the egg to the recipe even if you don’t plan to form it into patties? I want to try to make a turkey sausage version of Olive Garden’s “Zuppa Toscana” and was hoping to use this turkey sausage recipe in it!

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    Stephanie Reply:

    Yup I still put the egg in I’m going to try making a soup similar to that in the next coup drags and hoping this sausage will go well in it

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    LindseyforLaura@HHM Reply:

    Laura skips this step if it is not being formed into patties. Sounds like either way will work fine though! :) Mmmmm….Olive Garden is going to get my mouth watering!

    I am betting your recipe is delicious!

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  51. Brady says

    Laura, Is pork sausage not good for us, or pork in general?
    Thanks!

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    LindseyforLaura@HHM Reply:

    Pork in general has a lot of saturated fats when compared to most turkey products.
    Turkey is a leaner option to substitute in most recipes.

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    Rachael Reply:

    Brady, I know I’m late to this ball game, and you may have already heard this by now, but here goes….Laura is correct in what she said about the pork. I think for me, what made me pay attention and stop eating any and all pork is the fact that pigs don’t sweat. Which means, their bodies don’t pass the toxins in their body and since the bulk of their body is meat and all of their bodies are used in most pork products, that meat is LOADED with toxins. Ew. That was all I needed to know!

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    Helen Reply:

    Rachael, it is not true that pigs don’t sweat. They don’t sweat the way human’s do (we sweat a lot of water) but they do sweat. The “toxins” you speak of are processed in the liver, and eliminated in urine. They don’t store toxins in their meat. The major problem with port is fat. Even “lean” pork is fairly high in saturated fat.

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  52. Brady says

    I’m so confused :/ Butter, coconut oil, beef, whole milk are all high is saturated fat but I thought it was the polyunsaturated that are to be worried about :/ Doesn’t Nourshing Traditions and the whole food movement in general support eating saturated fats?

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    Laura Reply:

    Actually (sorry Lindsey, I should have talked through this one with you!) I’m not afraid of saturated fats. It’s the fact that pork is VERY difficult to digest and therefore can cause other health issues that I avoid pork. I do eat it occasionally, because sometimes a girl just needs some bacon. :) But usually I try to find turkey substitutes for pork.

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    LindseyforLaura@HHM Reply:

    No worries! I was not aware on the digestion issue (so good to know!)

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    Erin Turner Reply:

    Yes, turkey is a leaner option for meat. But as an organic hog farmer, I have to say that when raised properly, pork can be lean and healthy. Fresh, healthy, organic pork looks and tastes SOOO much different than anything in the store! Did you that “real” ham is NOT pink? Our hams are a blend of white and dark meat! Pork gets a bad rap, but if raised right and butchered correctly (extra fat trimmed off) pork is a healthy meat! (PS–we raised organic turkeys too so I’m an advocate for turkey meat as well! I just always feel bad about pork! :))

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    carmell Reply:

    Do you sell and ship your organic pig and turkey meat?? I live in Alaska and I am very limited at my local grocery store!

  53. Elizabeth says

    I can’t find organic ground turkey. Is there such a thing? Are turkeys given hormones and antibiotics like chickens and cows? I could research, but figure you already have ;)

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    Laura Reply:

    I use Shelton ground turkey, which isn’t organic, but it is free range – the best I can find!

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    Tina Reply:

    @Elizabeth – I know this is a late reply and you may have already found what you are looking for however I did want to share. I purchase all of my meat through a local buying club that partners with a variety of local farms. I know the names of my farmers, have be lucky enough to meet many of them through the club’s social events and everything I purchase there is superior in quality. As an added bonus I am supporting my local economy.

    Here is the link to the buying club. You can’t buy from them however it is an amazing business model.
    http://www.foodshedbuyingclub.com/Welcome.html

    My ground turkey is $6.50 a pound and is free range, antibiotic free and no pesticides are used in the meadow.
    http://www.thefoodshedutica.com/products/Turkey-%252d-Ground-%252d-Sweetgrass.html

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    Tina Reply:

    @Elizabeth – Geeze! I forgot the entire purpose behind my response! LOL Check with local CSA’s or your local Cooperative Extention. You should be able to find what you are looking for. There is also Local Harvest where you can find the CSA’s in your area.
    http://www.localharvest.org/

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    Crystal Reply:

    I found organic turkey at HEB. I live in Texas but they have a web
    site and it is http://www.organicprairie.coop Hope that helps.

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  54. Cindy says

    I made a batch of the sausage patties this morning. I thought they were pretty, good but I will use less sage next time. The flavor was too much for me. It was super easy to make! Thanks for the idea!

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  55. says

    I can’t wait to try this recipe! My husband is a fan of sausage and I just saved your breakfast casserole recipe. While I’m not an egg lover the rest of my family certainly is. I’ll be whipping this up next weekend so they have it through the week to eat. Thanks for all the wonderful recipes you post.

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  56. Terri says

    Thanks so much for the recipe! I’ve been having a terrible time finding turkey sausage in the store so when there was none on the shelf again this week I thought “Oh well, I’ll make my own!”

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  57. says

    I don’t have any nutmeg…think it will still be tasty without it? Or is there another spice I could use as a substitute?

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    Laura Reply:

    Yes, you can skip the nutmeg and be fine!

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  58. angela says

    have you ever made these into links. I am currenlty looking to make some chicken and turkey link sausage. I have alot of special people we know that could use some extra meals this time of year. we are giving some deer sausage we made away but chicken and turkey would be good as well ???

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    Laura Reply:

    I never have made these into links. I’m not sure they would roll into links very well, but it’s worth a try. Deer, chicken, and turkey all work well with this recipe. I think it’s great that you’re doing this for others!

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  59. erin says

    Sooo glad to have found this recipe! Hubby and kids love sausage but we have chosen to not eat pork anymore due to religious reasons. this will definitely become a staple in our house :)

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  60. says

    I’m excited to try this recipe. I have tried a couple of others but they were not really that great (ie they were yuck). This one has many more seasonings, I love seasonings!! (they cover a multitude of sins err I mean new foods).

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  61. Lauren says

    This has officially been approved by my Jimmy Dean loving husband. He likes it better and doesn’t mind that it is turkey. Thanks for a great recipe.

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  62. says

    Laura, I love your website and recipes s much! I was sad that I had to stop using some of them as we went gluten free about a year ago for our youngest son. but Im glad to see all is not lost! Ive made your turkey sausage before but this time all I had was a pound of beef hamburger thawed out in the fridge. I decided to experiment i was also missing the thyme, nutmeg and marjoram so I was not very hopeful. I doubled the sage to try to make up for it. you know what/? it still tastes like sausage! a little tougher than the turkey but my husband gave his stamp of approval! now if only I could find a way to make a healthy whole grain gf stromboli!

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  63. Kristin says

    I have to agree on pork getting a bad rap. As long as you are buying pastured pork, it is lean, not to mention sustainably raised. I buy organic pork breakfast sausage from my local meat farmer that is free from icky ingredients and tastes DELICIOUS. The links are pretty long, so each family member gets one with their pancakes or waffles when we have them for dinner about twice a month. I haven’t had turkey sausage since switching to sustainably/humanely raised meats as I’ve yet to come across any turkey sausage that lives up to that standard.

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  64. Angela says

    This is wonderful sausage! I forgot to add the egg (oops) and wondered why it was so unbelievably sticky as I was making mini patties but the taste was awesome, I don’t care about the egg at all. For half the batch I added a tiny bit of organic maple syrup just to see what it would be like and now I have 2 wonderful sausage recipes! Thank you so much.

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  65. Sarah says

    Thank you for this recipe! We loved it! It was the best breakfast sausage that we have had. We have food allergies so I liked that it doesn’t have MSG or dairy in it. (I used olive oil to cook it.) I also like that it doesn’t have any wheat, so I can share it with my gluten-free friends.

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  66. Erika says

    Hi, Laura! I can’t wait to try this recipe! I think I might just die from hard labor if I remade it each and every time though, so I’ve put together a bulk recipe- your exact seasoning recipe, times 20, to keep in my cupboard. Then I thought, Hmmm… I probably can’t fit 20 lbs. of sausage into my Bosch Universal Mixer if I wanted to make sausage in bulk at one time. So, I also included here your same exact recipe times 8 for 8 lbs. of turkey sausage in the Bosch. Hope this is useful for somebody! But please note, that I haven’t actually TRIED this yet. Also note that I left out the egg, as I don’t ever make patties, I just break it up in my pan while cooking. Thank you, Laura- I love your recipes, and I’m sure this will be a hit!

    Homemade Sausage Seasoning Mix (makes 20 lbs. breakfast sausage)
    3 ¾ c. minced onion
    5 t. cumin
    5 t. marjoram
    5 t. ground pepper
    5 t. oregano
    5 t. nutmeg
    2 ½ t. cayenne pepper
    5 t. ground ginger
    5 t. basil
    5 t. thyme
    5 t. sage
    5 t. sea salt

    Add 4 T. + ¾ t. of seasoning mix to 1 lb. ground turkey or beef. Mix well and chill at least 1 hr.

    Or, put 2 1/8 c. seasoning mixture into Bosch mixer. Add 8 lbs. ground turkey or beef. Mix on low speed until thoroughly incorporated. Separate into 1 lb. portion sizes and freeze.

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  67. Margaret says

    Question:
    How do you cook ground turkey to 165 degrees
    without it becoming a hockey puck?

    This has been my turkey sausage experience.
    Please help!

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    Laura Reply:

    I cook mine in butter since it is so lean, so that helps!

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  68. says

    This recipe looks great! I’ve gotten out of the habit of buying sausage (I can’t find any good quality, reliable suppliers where I am), but I’m looking forward to trying your approach. Best, Erin

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  69. Shelley says

    Wonderful recipe! I have tried other recipes for breakfast sausage, but this one is a definite winner with the whole family. We did use ground pork to make it though, that we get from a local farmer who raises pigs the right way. I have heard both sides of the story about eating pork. I noticed that when I was eating pork from the grocery store I could not digest it very well, but with the pork we get now that is raised right I don’t have problems. I was wondering about the comment on pigs not sweating and keeping their toxins in the meat and did some research. Turkeys and chickens don’t sweat either.

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  70. Kayla says

    Hey guys! I’m a little skeptical about making turkey sausage because whenever I do it just crumbles and seems very dry? Is this recipe juicy? I just know that when I buy Turkey sausage from the store like Jimmy Deans or whatever it’s super plump and juicy. But I try not to buy frozen pre-packaged foods cause of all the sodium and preservatives and whatnot. Somebody help! ;)

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    Laura Reply:

    I’ve not found this recipe to be dry, but I do add butter while I’m cooking it. :)

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  71. Jennifer says

    This was an interesting recipe. My first attempt earned 1 star (“don’t make it again”); my second attempt was 4/5 stars (“Yum!”).

    I first used the recipe from the new book, which gave no mention to aging the seasonings with the sausage before cooking, and it was awful. My second attempt involved seasoning the meat and letting it sit overnight before shaping and cooking, and it was amazingly tasty.

    So, my little tip, don’t skip the aging of the seasonings and meat. :)

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  72. Rebecca says

    I have a question. I was given a turkey and we are not huge turkey fans around here, so I was going to cook it and turn it into turkey sausage, because we are huge sausage fans around here and I am trying to use up as much as I can. So my question, do I use all of the meat and skin in my ground mixture? We have a meat grinder because we process our own deer, so this makes it easier to make our own ground meats of other kinds.

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    LindseyforLaura@HHM Reply:

    I have never tried it, but I think that should work fine. Hope it turns out delicious!

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  73. Dasme says

    I tried this sausage recipe today and it was very good. The mixture was very wet. I think next time I will omit the egg. What purpose does the egg serve? Is it just to help bind the ingredients? I was looking for a replacement for pork sage sausage wand this seems like a good substitute. I think I will increase the sage to about 2 teaspoons next time. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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    Laura Reply:

    It does help bind the ingredients, but it isn’t entirely necessary and I’ve left it out many times. :)

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  74. Cassandra says

    I buy meat from Schenker family farms. You can order online and they will ship. I am lucky they are local for me. Grass fed AND finished. Pastured chicken, turkey, pork, beef, and lamb.

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  75. Mindy says

    I just have to tell you that I make up a jar of the seasoning mix and use it for everything! My go-to salad dressing calls for dried onion but I use this mix instead. If a recipe calls for onion soup mix, I use this- it adds so much more flavor! Thanks!!

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  76. Shelly says

    My 11yr old son loved measuring out the spices and mixing this up for us today! I cooked the mixture in some butter and we used it for our breakfast burritos this morning-soooo yummy! Thanks again for sharing your God-given talents!

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  77. Erika says

    I’m sorry if I missed the answer to this in the comments already, but does this taste good made with ground beef instead of turkey? I’m getting a cow to put in my freezer next spring, and I would like to know if I could use it instead of turkey. Thank you!

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    LindseyforLaura@HHM Reply:

    Yes, it will still taste great!

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  78. Debbie says

    I buy extra organicly grown turkeys at Thanksgiving and use some breast meat, leg and thigh meat and grind it myself. Therefore I know what is in my meat. I also do this with beef.

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  79. Emily Adams says

    I can’t wait to try this! I have some ground turkey in my freezer …I will definitely have to try this. Thank you so much for sharing. :)

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