Photo by Joseph De Leo; styled by Mariya Yufest
At its peak, the sitcom Seinfeld was unsurpassed in its ability to poke fun at the tiniest minutiae of everyday life. Even food was fair game. In one episode, Kramer tries to return a bad peach to the fruit store where he bought it. In another, Elaine is devastated because the woman in front of her has just walked off with the last chocolate babka, a hostess gift she had planned to bring to a dinner party that evening. Jerry tries to console her over the possibility of showing up with "lesser" cinnamon babka: "People love cinnamon! It should be on tables along with salt and pepper. Anytime anyone says,'Oh, this is so good. What’s in it?' The answer that invariably comes back is 'Cinnamon.'"
Perhaps Jerry should have considered the charms of nutmeg. It adds a subtle warmth you can’t quite pinpoint to savory dishes like Swedish meatballs, jerk chicken, and quiche Lorraine. Plus, of course, it has an easy affinity with pumpkin and apples, and let’s not forget how the barest whisper breaks up the monotony of rich classics like egg nog and creamed spinach. In this simple breakfast sausage recipe, nutmeg teams up with fresh herbs and its BFF, the apple, to work its magic on ground turkey.
Be sure to set aside a few extra minutes to prep the add-ins that make this savory complement to eggs or pancakes so special. Once that's done, it all comes together quickly. Leftovers freeze well to supply future nutmeg-nuanced cravings.
Breakfast Turkey Sausage
Makes 8 sausage patties
1 1/2 pounds ground turkey (mixture of light and dark meat)
2 medium apples, peeled, cored, grated and squeezed of excess liquid
1/2 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh sage
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
Vegetable oil for brushing skillet
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