Barb Hodgens
Barb Hodgens

Barb Hodgens loves to cook with alternative, healthy whole food ingredients, with a focus on gut health. Barb has overcome her own gut health issues through healthy eating. Share your ideas, comments and photos at the end of this post :)

PURE, PRESERVATIVE & HORMONE FREE SAUSAGES.

Chicken sausages. If you’re like me, you might think those two words together are a little weird. Pork? Definitely. Lamb? Of course. Beef? Sure. Chicken? What? Well the change starts here. Thanks to this super recipe, from this point forward the chook snag is no longer going to be a poor relative to the red meat version.

Like with all great homemade sausages, the secret is getting the seasonings right and, of course, using the right cuts. While chicken has a mild flavour, chicken sausages needn’t be bland. In fact, that very mildness makes chicken (or turkey if you’d prefer) ideal for mixing herbs, spices, and other ingredients to create a gourmet bundle of flavour. These sausages sing with the winning combination of familiar and loved Italian ingredients – fresh, sweet basil and sun-dried tomato tied together in a garlic and white wine marinade.

 

CHOOSING THE RIGHT CUT

Don’t you just love being able to choose your cuts and leave out the additives and fillers that commercially-available processed sausages are notorious for? Sausage making is really an opportunity to have fun and be creative.

With poultry always use the darker meat or a combination of the dark and white meat to ensure a succulent sausage. Breast meat alone will be far too dry and bland. Grind a good portion of the skin along with the meat to improve the texture and increase the flavour. I chose the Maryland cut (leg and thigh) which has darker meat and lots of skin. My butcher removes the bone and leaves the skin on and I keep the bones to make chicken broth at home.

Unless you are entertaining, this recipe makes enough chicken sausages for an average family to ensure some end up in the freezer for another time. You can certainly double the ingredients though if you would like to stretch them even further. They really will leave you looking forward to more.

If this is your first time making sausages, or you’d like to refresh on the steps, click over and read  'Tips for making fantastic sausages at home before you begin.

Do you love making sausages and want more recipes? Try our simply delicious sausages or these Italian style sausages. Don't forget to read our tips for making sausages at home before you begin. 

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