Healthy, Homemade Sausage Recipes

| 6/30/2009 1:31:42 PM


This summer, I’m going to skip the hot dog for a low-fat and herb-loaded sausage. At almost every barbeque, I always end up eating one or two hot dogs, but this summer is going to be different.

If you’re a calorie counter hot dogs are your worst enemy. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Nutrient Database, the average hot dog has about 584 milligrams of sodium and 6 grams of protein, which is relatively low compared to its high fat content. In comparison, a turkey sausage with the same serving size has 379 milligrams of sodium and about 13 grams of protein. Here are a few sausage recipes that are low in fat, full of flavor and great alternatives for summer barbequing.

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Turkey and Pear Sausage

Makes about 21/2 pounds 

Chop the fresh herbs just before you mix them in. For variety, substitute other herbs or use chopped apple instead of the pear.

• 1/2 cup sliced green onion, firmly packed
• 1 teaspoon pressed garlic
• 2 tablespoons butter
• 2 pounds boneless, skinless turkey, cut into 1-inch pieces
• 1 large pear, peeled, seeded, and cut into chunks (about 1 cup)
• 1 tablespoon freshly ground coriander seed
• 1/4 cup fruity white wine or mild fruit juice
• 4 tablespoons sweet basil
• 2 tablespoons chopped tarragon or mint marigold
• 11/2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt
• 2 teaspoons freshly ground white pepper
• 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
• 1/2 teaspoon ground mace

1. Wilt the green onion and garlic in the butter, then toss lightly with the turkey and remaining ingredients, and grind the mixture in a meat grinder or food processor.

Endless Summer Sausage

Makes about 5 pounds