Mr. Food: Maple Sausage

Get a tasty start on your Saturday morning with this sweet breakfast dish. Here's Mr. Food with the yummy details.

It's that time of year again: "sugarin' season,” maple sugaring season that is, and the sap from every tree that's tapped is the beginning of the sweet nectar that not only teams with our pancakes and waffles, but it's also the secret ingredient to these rise 'n' shine links!

In a large bowl we combine a pound of ground turkey breast (that's turkey breast, not just ground turkey), 1 small finely chopped onion, 1 egg, 2 tablespoons plain dry bread crumbs, 1 teaspoon each of dried thyme and fennel seeds, 1/2 teaspoon each of sage and salt, 1/4 teaspoon each of ground red pepper and black pepper and 3 tablespoons maple syrup.

We form that mixture into 16 small patties and in a skillet on medium heat in a tablespoon of vegetable oil we cook the patties in batches for about 2 to 3 minutes per side until they're browned and no pink remains.

That same maple syrup that we love on our other breakfast favorites is now giving a savory sweetness to our sausages, and using lean ground turkey breast means no guilt if we have an extra helping! I mean, put out a platter of eggs along with a few of these babies, and what a luscious wake-up call that is, wow!

If you’d like the recipe, just send a self-addressed, stamped envelope marked "Maple Turkey Sausage" to me, Mr. Food, right here at the station, or check it out online now for the way to really celebrate sugarin' season!

They won't believe you made sausage yourself! And imagine the happiness when our gang wakes up to this succulent homemade maple "OOH IT'S SO GOOD!!®"