This breakfast sausage patty recipe transforms plain breakfast sausage into something special with a few simple additions. The surprise ingredient: pistachios! Plenty of black pepper and a big pinch of cayenne make this breakfast sausage pleasantly spicy--use less if you prefer. The recipe, which can be made ahead and refrigerated or frozen, yields 8 small sausage patties, but can easily be doubled and cooked in two batches.

Julee Rosso
Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2013




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  • Grind fennel seeds in a spice grinder or with a mortar and pestle until finely ground.

  • Place pork and turkey in a large bowl. Sprinkle with the fennel, garlic, pepper and cayenne (if using) and combine using your hands or a spoon. Add pistachios and parsley; mix just until evenly incorporated. With dampened hands, form eight 3-inch patties using a generous 1/4 cup each. Place on a baking sheet or large plate. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 1 day.

  • When ready to cook, cover a large plate with paper towels and line a baking sheet with foil. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.

  • Cook patties in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, turning once, until nicely brown on both sides and no longer pink in the middle, 5 to 9 minutes per side. Transfer to the prepared plate to drain briefly, then place on the prepared baking sheet and transfer to the oven to keep warm until ready to serve. (Don't keep in the oven for longer than 30 minutes, or they'll dry out.)


Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 2 and refrigerate for up to 1 day or individually wrap and freeze for up to 3 months; thaw overnight in the refrigerator before cooking.

Nutrition Facts

132 calories; protein 10g; carbohydrates 3.6g; dietary fiber 1.1g; sugars 0.7g; fat 9g; saturated fat 2.3g; cholesterol 24.5mg; vitamin a iu 338.9IU; vitamin c 5.6mg; folate 10.1mcg; calcium 24.4mg; iron 1.3mg; magnesium 14.8mg; potassium 217.1mg; sodium 197.7mg; thiamin 0.2mg.

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Rating: 5 stars
Everyone wanted the recipe The turkey makes it less fatty and gives it a healthier protein-rich taste. I used a lot of fennel and ground it up quite well using a mortar and pestle that combine with the parsley made it very fresh and homemade tasting. The pistachios are an unexpected twist making these a unique addition to breakfast. I found shelled unsalted pistachios at Trader Joe's; that's definitely the way to go. I doubled the recipe since turkey and sausage are usually sold in one pound packages and divided it up into 20 patties and refrigerated them overnight. We cooked up the next morning and they were gone in a flash. People enjoyed them! Pros: Unique hearty fool-proof Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Wonderful...Guest worthy!! This beakfast sausage recipe is one of best I have ever had..I have tried to make on my own and they were always pretty tasteless...but this is a winner Thanks Pros: Fresh tasting.. Read More