Today’s Filipino Style Turkey Garlic Sausage recipe is a healthier version of a traditional Filipino breakfast sausage.
I love savory Asian and Asian-inspired breakfast foods, from congee to Nasi Goreng to Burmese Fried Rice and Peas to Asian Inspired Savory Oatmeal. One of the first savory Asian breakfast foods I had when I was growing up was Filipino garlic fried rice and eggs at a friend’s house. I remember being surprised when fried rice was served for breakfast – it seemed kind of odd.
A number of years ago, I found Filipino longganisa sausage at our local Asian market and served it the traditional way for breakfast with garlic rice and fried eggs. Although my family loves this combination, I cringed when I read the ingredient list on the longganisa sausage package and saw all the preservatives listed among the ingredients. As I’ve tried to eliminate foods with chemicals over the past several years, preserved and cured meats have been near eliminated from our pantry.
So, when I came across a recipe for Filipino Garlic Sausage Patties in The Adobo Road Cookbook by Marvin Gapultos, I knew I had to try making my own sausage at home. To keep things leaner and cleaner, I used ground antibiotic-free turkey instead of pork, and coconut palm sugar instead of brown sugar. In addition to smoked Spanish paprika, I also used some California paprika.
These little patties are tangy and hit the spot. They don’t taste quite like the ones you buy in the Asian markets, but my kids and I thoroughly enjoyed a hearty breakfast with one of these Filipino Style Turkey Garlic Sausage patties served with Garlic Fried Rice, Tomato Ginger Lime Salad, and a Sous Vide Egg (you can used poached eggs). All that was needed was a dollop of hot chili sauce.
Today, I’m joining a monthly event challenge called The Recipe Redux where Patties are the theme. The idea behind this monthly event is to take delicious dishes and keep them delicious while making them better for you. Founded by dietitians Regan Jones (of ReganMillerJones, Inc.), Serena Ball and Deanna Segrave-Daly (both of Teaspoon Communications), this group demonstrates that healthier eating can taste delicious. Just check out all the recipes that were “reduxed.”