fennel-spiced turkey + bacon breakfast sausage with crispy parmesan home fries
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Makes: 8-9 patties
  • 1 lb ground turkey (recommend not extra-lean)
  • rough ⅓ lb good (nitrate-free, if possible) bacon, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp ground fennel seed
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp freshly cracked black pepper
  • ¼ tsp ground sage
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • dash nutmeg
  • neutral cooking oil, such as avocado oil, for pan-frying
  • Crispy Parmesan Home Fries (see note)
  • sour cream and/or hot sauce (optional)
  1. Combine all ingredients turkey through nutmeg in a large bowl and form into 8-9 small (think slider-sized) patties. Do not overwork meat.
  2. In large skillet, heat a drizzle of neutral cooking oil over high heat until shimmering.
  3. Add patties and brown on first side, about 5 mins; then flip and brown second side, another 4-5 mins. While second side is browning, tilt pan and spoon drippings over patties, basting them in all those glistening, pork-fatty juices. Allow sausages to rest off the heat 5-10 mins before serving.
  4. Serve with Crispy Parmesan Home Fries (see note) -- if you're anything like us, preferably smothered with sour cream and hot sauce -- or other potatoey side of your choosing (these latkes would also make an excellent choice). Enjoy!
Crispy Parmesan Home Fries are just an extra cheesy version of the roasted potatoes you'll find in this recipe; just swap the duck fat for olive oil (or, by all means, keep the duck fat and they'll be extra extravagant!) and increase the parmesan to a full ½ cup when you scatter it over during the last few minutes in the oven. If you pop the potatoes in just before you get started on the sausages, everything should be ready right around the same time.

These sausages can also be formed and frozen in advance (ensure patties are separated with wax paper to prevent sticking) and thawed in the fridge overnight before cooking. So easy! They'd also make an elegant appetizer tucked into a soft Hawaiian roll with a little mayo, a dab of sweet-hot mustard and a runny-yolked quail egg. Sausage sliders -- whaaat?! ;)
Recipe by the pig & quill at https://thepigandquill.com/fennel-spiced-turkey-bacon-breakfast-sausage-with-crispy-parmesan-home-fries/