I found a basic recipe for polish sausage. The recipe, as in ingredients, were basic, but the process was long and complex, so I made sausage patties out of it.
Ground pork, the cheapest I could find, was $1.69 per pound at Save-A-Lot. I can get a ham butt for as little as $0.79 per pound when I stock up during a sale. After taking off the skin and bone, it comes close to $1.10 per pound. I would have to carefully grind it in my blender, which is possible, but quite tedious. The Dollar Tree has one pound turkey rolls for $1.00 per pound. So, we're going with turkey sausage.
The Dollar Tree turkey has one ingredient: turkey. It is commercially raised turkey, yes, but all of our meat is. We are, after all, living on under $1000 per month.
So, first I mixed these spices:
1 teaspoon salt - $0.01
1/2 teaspoon pepper - $0.01
1/2 teaspoon oregano $0.01
1 teaspoon garlic powder - $0.02
I have old garlic powder, like from when my husband and I were first married, so this was a great time to use some of it up. We usually use fresh garlic. This garlic powder was so old, I had to grind it in my mortar and pestle. I mixed the other spices in there then added them to my ground turkey.
I mixed it kind of like the way I knead dough, just to make sure all the spices were evenly distributed.
I made small patties and fried them all up. I can make sixteen one ounce patties easily out of this, although I didn't measure so precisely this time and came out with ten. This was just my experimental test run.
How did it come out?
I love it. I actually don't post any recipes that I don't love. My oldest son is enjoying a patty right now. My husband has slightly less refined taste buds than me, so I'm confident he will love them too. But he is a little less open to change. This whole sausage-replacing-hot-dogs idea took him a while to agree to, but he is whole heartedly on board now. It is a mild sausage, and by doubling or tripling the pepper, depending on your tastes, it would become a hot sausage.
What's it good for?
We'll be using it in our breakfasts, pizza, and my husband's quesadilla. By having patties fried and ready to eat, they will also replace hot dogs, my husband's snack of choice.
It's also cheaper than our old sausage, which was $1.33 per pound. We got 12 oz sausage rolls for $1 from the Dollar Tree, but the turkey is a whole pound for $1.
I'm looking forward to experimenting further with this recipe. We have a lot of old spices that any normal housewife would have thrown away long ago. They are still potent, just maybe not as potent as new spices. I'll be mixing some up and seeing how they come out. I'll post about any noteworthy combinations.
We got a yummier, healthier sausage for less money. The work was minimal, as I just had to mix the spices and meat. I had to fry up the other sausage rolls anyway, so no extra work there. This one is a keeper.