Have you ever wanted to sub ground turkey for ground sausage in a recipe? Here’s how you can transform the turkey with spices already in your spice rack!
Why sub ground turkey for ground sausage, you ask?
- If you want to make a recipe that calls for sausage, but don’t have any on-hand
- If you don’t eat pork
- If ground turkey is on sale at the grocery store
- If you’re watching your diet and want to eat less fat, cholesterol, and sodium
Seasoning ground turkey like ground sausage is really easy to do! All you need is a homemade spice mix.
(Does anyone else think dried spices are incredibly beautiful?)
Here are my favorite recipes with ground sausage that would taste great with this substitution
- Sausage Stuffed Peppers
- Slow Cooker Stuffed Pepper Soup (one of my favorite recipes from Once a Month Meals)
- Stovetop Sausage, Potato, and Kale Soup
- Spicy Sausage and Veggie Soup (My favorite recipe in my No Cook Freezer Meals cookbook)
- Zucchini “Lasagna” (recipe coming soon!)
My husband and I also eat this seasoned ground turkey as a topping on homemade pizza. Delicious!
How to Season Ground Turkey like Ground Sausage
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 1.5 teaspoons Italian seasoning (or equal parts dried basil, oregano, and thyme)
- 1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon packed light brown sugar (optional, but recommended)
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground or whole fennel seeds
- In a small bowl, combine all spices (including brown sugar, if using) and set a aside.
- Brown ground turkey in a large pan on stovetop.
- Add red wine vinegar and stir. Add spice mix and stir to combine.
Use in place of ground sausage in your favorite recipes!
Seasoning mix adapted from allrecipes.
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