The first year or two into learning how to cook for food allergies, I’d buy super cheap, “normal” sausage links for eggs and sausage for breakfast for the 3 of us without allergies. When the sausages cooked, they smelled delicious. However, the sausages contained so many allergens that our little guy couldn’t have them. It was so hard for him to smell the sausage and be told that he couldn’t eat it.
Just as with everything in the allergy cooking process, I went on the hunt for the basic knowledge of sausage (in gobs of recipe books, before smart phones) and modified what I learned to fit his necessary diet. Then, my Handsome borrowed a sausage maker from a friend. I hunted down the casings and spices. It was amazing! We did a good job… they surprisingly looked like store bought sausages. But after the first trial run and all the effort it took, we decided to hand form links and patties. 🙂
Homemade Breakfast Sausage
1 lb. ground turkey
1 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. dried marjoram
1/4 tsp. ground mustard
1/4 tsp. smoked paprika
1/4 tsp. ground sage
1/4 tsp. ground pepper
In a medium sized bowl, mix all the ingredients listed above together. Use your hands to "kneed" the spices into the meat. Pat the sausages into 3" round patties or make links about 3" long and 1" in diameter and place on a plate.
Warm up the saucepan on medium low heat and add a teaspoon of oil to the bottom of the pan. Wait until oil is shiny in the pan and looks hot. Add sausage links/patties.
Cook over medium-low heat. Rotate with a spatula or tongs until links are crisp on all sides. Then, lower stove temperature to low and cook until center is no longer raw and meat thermometer registers 165* in the center.
You can mix and fry several pounds of sausage at one time. Then, place the fried sausages in a dated and labeled freezer plastic bag. Chill sausages in the fridge until cool. Remove as much air as possible from the freezer bag before moving to the freezer. Sausages can last in the freezer for 2-6 months (https://www.foodsafety.gov/keep/charts/storagetimes.html)
When needed, take the sausages out of the freezer, place on a microwave safe plate and microwave on high for 1-2 minutes to have a piping hot sausages ready.
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