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Chicken & Pear Sausage

by , Chef, Market 17, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Chicken & Pear Sausage

Serves 8 to 10

Homemade sausage is quicker and easier than you might think. In this version, a healthy alternative to traditional pork and beef sausages, all-natural ground Smart Chicken is spiked with fresh pear and simply seasoned for perfect results every time.

  • 3½ pounds ground Smart Chicken
  • 3 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon thyme, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon sage, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon fennel seed, ground
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes, ground
  • 1 cup peeled and grated pears
  • ¼ cup ice water
  • ¼ cup pear liqueur (or substitute apple juice)
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Mix together salt, herbs, ground fennel seed, and ground red pepper flakes and set aside.

Make a slurry by combining the pear, water, pear liqueur, honey, and salt mixture. Gently mix the chicken with the slurry just until all seasonings are evenly dispersed.

Heat a griddle or sauté pan over medium heat. Wet your hands with water and shape the chicken sausage mixture into patties. Sauté the patties in a little olive oil, on each side, until the sausage is cooked through.