"Jimmy Dean" Turkey Sausage
Author: adapted from Bon Appetit
  • 2 Tbs finely chopped fresh sage
  • 2 Tbs finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 Tbs maple syrup OR light brown sugar
  • 1 Tbs kosher salt
  • 2 tsp crushed fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 pounds ground turkey {or pork}
  1. Mix all ingredients except ground turkey together. Add meat to mixture and work together with your hands until very well blended.
  2. Use as desired.
  3. For patties or links: Form ¼ cup of mixture into ⅓" patty or 3" link. {Keep your hands slightly wet to keep from sticking}. Repeat with remaining mixture. Cook in skillet on stove, or even easier, bake on foil-covered cookie sheet at 375ยบ for about 20 minutes.
  4. For pizzas or pasta: Brown sausage in large skillet, breaking up to desired texture as it cooks.
If you're interested in grinding your own meat, I highly recommend it. The Food Lab is an incredible kitchen resource - worth the price for the chapter on sausage alone. You can also get the gist of the process here, or via a few minutes of Google searching.
Recipe by Raisin & Fig at https://www.raisinandfig.com/jimmy-dean-turkey-sausage/