If you’ve never made sausage, what are you waiting for?
Hot turkey sandwiches and gravy are not the only way to use leftover turkey (or chicken). Easy and spectacular turkey sausage will do nicely, thank you very much.
When I thought about the term “homemade sausage,” I thought of meat grinders, casings and spending hours and hours in the kitchen. Turns out, none of this is true. Sausage is fun and easy to make. Turns out, you can make sausage with a food processor in minutes.
When my favorite grocery store was out of my usual favorite – their own store-made chicken or turkey sausage – I decided to try my very first foray into making sausage at home. Just chill your meat really well (part frozen is best!) and cut it into chunks. Then, you just pulse everything in your processor until the meat is in tiny bits. It is a revelation, I tell you! (NOTE: you can make this recipe even easier by purchasing ground turkey.)
I added both fennel and sage, because those are two classic “sausage” tastes, in my kitchen at least. You could pretty much use any of your favorite spices or herbs.
And, chicken needs just a little fat added to the mix, so I used pancetta, which is mostly fat. If you choose beef or pork , you could probably skip the added fat. Whatever ingredients you use, this sausage has so much less fat and artificial ingredients than most store bought sausages.
Since this is so much easier than I thought it would be, I plan to make sausages again and again, trying out different meats and veggies and spices. I highly HIGHLY recommend this to you as a fun kitchen adventure!
— posted by Donna
HOMEMADE CHICKEN (OR TURKEY) SAUSAGE
2 Granny Smith apples
1 1/2 pounds cooked turkey meat, cut into 2 inch chunks
1/4 pound pancetta, diced
1 teaspoon ground coriander seeds
1 teaspoon ground fennel seeds
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sage leaves
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Peel and grate the apples and then place in a thin kitchen towel. Squeeze gently over a sink until no more liquid comes out.
Place SQUEEZED apples and all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until chicken is in very small bits, and mixture comes together in a clump in the food processor, about 12 pulses.
Form into patties and cook over medium high heat in a skillet until both sides of patties are golden brown.
Other home made sausages I must try:
Homemade Italian Sausage, CopyKat Recipes
Homemade Cheddar Italian Sausage, All Day I Dream About Food
Homemade Merguez Sausage, Always Order Dessert
Homemade Breakfast Sausage, Nutmeg Nanny
Homemade Chicken and Pancetta Sausage, Lucullian Delights
Homemade Chicken Apple Sausage, The Nourishing Gourmet