Thursday, February 12, 2015

Turkey Blueberry Sausage?!?!?!?!?

I understand fully if you look at this title and think "that is just too gross to even read any further". If you decide not to, well that is your choice. But, before you do, let me really skew Michael Corleone's quote to Appolonia's father.  "There are many people who would pay a lot of money for this information, but then you would be losing an opportunity instead of gaining something new and delicious for breakfast." 

 I actually had the same ick reaction when I first found the recipe here at Summer Innanen.  Even though there was some initial revulsion, I kept going back and reading it.  Her comment about all her clients loving it finally persuaded me to try it. (Well, that and the fact that TheHub had picked up two containers of blueberries that were about to die in the crisper drawer.) 

I had everything but ground turkey, which I picked up yesterday at The Pig and got up bright and early this morning prepared to make them.  And I would have but I really hate eating anything early in the morning.  Mid-morning I was ready to give it a try, so I guess this is more brunch-ish for me than a true breakfast.

                                              Turkey Blueberry Patties

         In this photo it looks like the patties are charred.  The dark color is actually just the blueberries.

1 pound ground turkey
1/2 teaspoon sage (it's winter so I have no fresh sage)
1/2 teaspoon thyme (ditto)
1/4 onion minced
2 ribs of celery minced
1 egg yolk
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
3/4 cup blueberries ( I used a little under 1/2 of a box)

Mix together well. I mixed everything but the blueberries until it was all combined and then added the berries. Form into 8 patties. (This is a messy job.  I suggest turning off the phone ringer while doing this.  Make sure you let the dog out before you start also so you can have gloopy hands without having to wash them 5 times during the process.)

Heat 1 tablespoon of coconut oil (or ghee) in a non-stick skillet. (This is critical!  I am an opponent of non-stick finishes on cookware so I tried at first to use my regular stainless steel pan. Thank goodness I was cooking only 1 patty to see how it cooked. Let's just say me and Mr. Brillo are about to be well acquainted.  I only own 1 non-stick omelet pan so I quickly switched to it.)

Make sure your oil is very hot when you  put the patties in the pan.  A few of the blueberries will burst and they will stick to the pan if it is not hot enough.  Cook for about 4 minutes on a medium/ medium high heat. Turn and finish cooking. ( This are a bit delicate so do not flip more than 1 time or they will fall apart). Drain on a paper towel covered plate.

 Make sure you do not overcrowd your pan. Mine would only hold 3 patties at a time and I found after cooking the first 3, I needed to clean my pan and start all over again.  It was not a problem, but a step I did not plan on.  I had 2 patties for breakfast and cooled the others to room temperature before putting waxed paper between each one and then putting them in a freezer bag to have at a later date)

The verdict:  These things are absolutely delicious.  They tasted like a mild sausage with bits of sweetness  throughout.  The blueberries did not overpower the turkey nor vise versa. The flavors are very complimentary and the sausage has a very light texture.  Sometimes traditional sausage leaves me feeling a little over-fed.  This was just a lovely brunch meal, and I did eat it as pictured plus an additional bowl of collards. ( Since the Whole30 plan insists I eat a lot of vegetables with each meal, I try and have some leftovers to warm the next morning)

If they freeze and reheat successfully, I will make several batches of this at one time specifically for the freezer.  In the morning I had much rather reheat than cook from scratch!

So put your phone on silent and go make some sausage!


  1. I love sweet and savory recipes so this is a combination I would certainly enjoy. I have most of the ingredients too.

    1. I love sweet and savory, I just couldn't get past the blueberry flavor in the beginning. After the first bite I was sold!

  2. Mmmmm...and I was going to eat my blueberries with cereal.

    1. Blueberries and cereal are pretty tasty too!

  3. This post made me smile. Okay, I will be honest- the title of the post made me cringe a little. But as read it and tried to put those flavors together in my head I think it would be tasty. I am going to take your word for it (I trust you!) and give it a try sometime. I actually have everything except the ground turkey or else I'd try it out tonight. Thank you for sharing this recipe, Anne! :)

  4. It truly is good. And don't feel bad about cringing. If I had not realized the blueberries needed to be used right away I might never have tried it either!