Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage Sauté

by Rachel on September 19, 2011

Turkey Sausage Sauté

I must admit, I’m prone to inventing recipes that take advantage of what I can buy at Trader Joe’s.  This is a Totally Trader Joe’s recipe.  You can certainly replicate this even if you live a non Trader Joe’s life.  We are partial to TJ’s brand Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage – but any similar sausage will do.  I use Sweet Italian Sausages all the time in many, many guises.  This particular meal takes about 15 minutes to make and would be perfect on a school night when you have lots of other things to do and children underfoot.  My kids could easily prep this meal themselves.  In fact, this would make a good meal to use as a kids’ training session in the kitchen.  I’ve been musing a lot lately about making sure that both my kids have the cooking skills they need to be comfortable in the kitchen without me.  This is an excellent starter meal.  It’s also affordable and would be a great meal for a just out of college-kid to make for themselves, or for friends.  So there you have it: weeknight dinner/kids’ training session/just-out-of-the-house dinner – it’s three meals in one (and magically delicious).

Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage Sauté (serves 4-6)

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup finely diced onion
  • 2 leeks, well cleaned, thinly sliced, white parts only
  • 10-oz sliced crimini mushrooms (I buy the bag of sliced mushrooms at Trader Joe’s)
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 2 ½ lbs sweet Italian turkey sausage, casings removed (we get ours at Trader Joe’s)
  • 3 tablespoons corn starch
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup chicken stock

Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan.  Add the onion and leeks.  Sauté over medium heat until soft, approximately ten minutes.  Add the crimini mushrooms and the white wine.  Sauté for five minutes.  Add the turkey sausage (now out of its casings).  Break apart in the pan and sauté until entirely cooked through.  In a small plastic storage container combine the water and the cornstarch.  Put on the lid and shake the water cornstarch mixture until it is completely mixed.  Add the chicken broth to the sauté pan with the turkey sausage mixture.  Turn up the heat and stirring rapidly, allow the broth to boil.  Once it is boiling quickly add the cornstarch and water mixture and stir over high heat until the sauce thickens.  Turn off the heat.

We like to eat this sauté over brown rice, but it would be just fine plain, or even served over a toasted dinner roll the way one would eat a Sloppy Joe.

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