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posted: 1/6/2010 12:01 AM

Homemade Chicken Breakfast Sausage

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pounds ground dark meat chicken (95-percent lean)

1 cup fine, fresh white bread crumbs

2 teaspoons kosher salt (see note)

teaspoons fresh ground black pepper

1 teaspoon dried sage, crumbled


teaspoon dried marjoram, crumbled


teaspoon dried thyme, crumbled


teaspoon ground nutmeg


cup cold water (bottled, preferred)

Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl and with clean hands gently knead the mixture until the seasonings are well combined, but do not over-handle. Cover and chill for 30 minutes. Form into 2-ounce patties (you'll get about 22).

Using wax paper or foil, wrap sausages that won't be used right away, separating the patties with a layer of paper or foil, and then place into a plastic freezer bag. Remove as much air from the bag as possible, seal and freeze for up to six months.

To cook: Place a nonstick skillet over medium to medium-high heat and lightly spray with vegetable oil. Add patties, but do not crowd, and cook about 4 minutes or until lightly browned. Turn patties over and cook 4 minutes, or until their internal temperature reaches 160 degrees on an instant-read digital thermometer. Serve immediately.

Makes 22 patties.

Cook's note: I prefer Diamond Crystal salt, reduce amount to 11/2 teaspoons if using Morton's.

@Recipe nutrition:Nutrition values per patty: 71 calories (28.3 percent from fat), 2.3 g fat (0.6 g saturated), 1.1 g carbohydrates, 0 fiber, 10.8 g protein, 42 mg cholesterol, 111 mg sodium.