Fennel-Rich Turkey Sausage

Fennel-Rich Turkey Sausage
Fennel-Rich Turkey Sausage
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    My grandparents had a small wild fennel field growing and there was a huge field of fennel growing elsewhere in the neighborhood as well. Those were the days when the neighborhood kids would meet up in the wild field of “licorice sticks,” some of which were taller than I, to play our imaginary games. Then there were times I’d help my grandmother collect pollen or help to dry the mature flower heads for culinary purposes. Fast forward to today being in the kitchen with fennel on my mind - I always gravitate towards playing with seeds or pollen vs. using the bulb; I love the numerous possibilities there are to season something up, and I love the fragrant aroma of licorice filling my kitchen, as well. I was inspired to create this recipe for various reasons: playing with seeds and pollen, thinking of a chicken-apple sausage show I watched on Emeril a few years ago and thinking about my Lemon Glazed Meatballs, a ground turkey recipe here on F52 that has pleased the palate of many. Anyway, with this recipe I combined the flavors I like, ones that make sense in my mind for sausage, I also added grated apple and carrot for a little sweetness. A combination of seeds and pollen were used, if you can’t get the pollen it will be fine without, although I recommend it…just remember that little goes a long way. Today, with this sausage we made brunch sliders, melted shaved Grana Padano and added an egg. This recipe is so versatile; besides sliders you could grill, broil or fry patties for a breakfast side, or use it in a turkey dressing, for example. The choice is yours to make. Enjoy!

    Ingredients

    • 1 tablespoon fennel seeds or 3/4 tablespoon seeds and 1/8 tsp. fennel pollen
    • 1-1/2 teaspoons onion powder
    • 1-1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
    • 1/8 teaspoon ground clove
    • 3 smashed and chopped garlic cloves
    • 1/2 teaspoon herbs de provence
    • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon black peppercorn
    • 1/2 teaspoon pink peppercorn
    • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes – or to your taste
    • 1/3 packed cup curly parsley
    • 1/2 cup grated carrot
    • 1/2 cup finely diced tart apple
    • 1 lb ground turkey
    • 1/2 lb ground pork

    Instructions

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    Nutrition

    Nutritional Info
    • Servings Per Recipe: 1
    • Amount Per Serving
    • Calories: 2033 % Daily Value *
    • Total Fat: 88 g 135.31%
    • Saturated Fat: 28 g 142.45%
    • Trans Fat: 0 g %
    • Cholesterol: 476 mg 158.75%
    • Sodium: 2159 mg 89.95%
    • Calcium: 929 mg 92.92%
    • Potassium: 3778 mg 107.94%
    • Magnesium: 0 mg 0%
    • Iron: 17 mg 93.83%
    • Zinc: 0 mg 0%
    • Total Carbohydrate: 164 g %
    • Dietary Fiber: 13 g 51.2%
    • Sugar: 16 g
    • Protein: 156 g
    • Alcohol: 0 g
    • Omega 3 Fatty Acid: 1 g
    • Omega 6 Fatty Acid: 14 g
    • Vitamin A 265.63%
    • Vitamin C 265.33%
    • Vitamin D 15.87%
    • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
    Diabetes Exchanges
    • Exchange - Fat10
    • Exchange - Fruit0
    • Exchange - NonFat Milk0
    • Exchange - Other Carbs1
    • Exchange - Starch0
    • Exchange - Vegetables28
    • Exchange - Lean Meat18
    • Exchange - Alcohol0
    MyPlate Info
    • MyPlate - Grain Total0 oz-eq
    • MyPlate - Vegetable Total3 c
    • MyPlate - Fruit0 c
    • MyPlate - Dairy0 c
    • MyPlate - Protein Total18 oz-eq

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