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Homemade Turkey Sausage

Homemade Turkey Sausage

I wanted to prepare some sausage for another recipe I was making. I used a pound of ground turkey for this mixture; however you can blend half ground pork and half ground turkey if you wish. Don’t be overwhelmed by the amount of spices I used to blend into the meat, the flavors slowly absorb into the meat in 24 hours and tastes just as it should. Then you can form the sausage into patties, or ground up in a recipe (lasagna, pasta, stuffed shells etc.) or if you’re really ambitious, you can make your own sausage links and cook them in a smoker (something I am not motivated in trying anytime soon).

If you’re impatient (like I am most of the time) and don’t have 24 hours to wait until this marinates, you can still cook it immediately. It will taste great nonetheless.

Homemade Spicy Turkey Sausage

(adapted from Emeril Lagasse @ foodnetwork.com)


  • 1 lb. ground turkey meat
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 3 tsp. chili powder
  • 2 Tbsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. cayenne
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. onion powder



1) In a large bowl, combine all ingredients together. Cover and refrigerate for 24 hours before using.

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