A pound of ground turkey that was supposed to be a Greek meatloaf got re-purposed after I saw how awesome my chipotles looked. Had to use one right away (you know, to make sure they were really good and hadn’t morphed into something nasty on the grill. Uh-huh). So I did a riff on my Mom’s Italian Sausage recipe, using the turkey instead of pork, crushed chipotle instead of crushed red pepper, and roasted cumin instead of fennel seeds. Ratios stayed the same (although I didn’t measure the chipotle, just used one whole pepper, stem removed. It looked about right, maybe a tad more than a teaspoon). I have to say it was nothing short of amazing. We will be having this sausage again (very soon).
Chipotle Cumin Turkey Sausage
1 lb. ground turkey (I used store-ground this time, the 85/15 one, but I think I’ll get thighs and grind it at home with a coarse die from now on. It would have benefited from the extra texture (and I would have had bones for making stock with))
3/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. crushed chipotle pepper (or thereabouts, this is the most flexible of the measurements, more pepper, more heat, less pepper less heat, do what you like)
1 1/4 tsp. ground roasted cumin (I wanted to use whole cumin seeds but I didn’t have any. Amount is the same for seeds as ground. I will probably procure some whole cumin for the next batch)
I mixed the spices together with a little hot water to dissolve the salt and rehydrate the pepper a bit before adding it to the ground meat. Mixed it all together and let it sit in the refrigerator a few hours until dinner. Just made patties and cooked them in a little coconut oil (even 85/15 turkey is a little too lean). Very good.
We paired it with the green beans from the box, roasted in the oven with a little green mole spice on them, and some guacamole. Ole!
The ratio above makes it possible to mix up the spices in bulk and use the mix at a rate of one tablespoon per pound of meat. I do that with the Italian sausage spices all the time and even use it at the same rate to crust pork chops with. Italian sausage flavor without all the grinding and stuffing.