Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Turkey Tuesdays: Turkey Smoked Sausage Frittata

Are you a Turketarian?

What is a Turketarian?  A Turketarian is, simply, someone who enjoys eating turkey and it's Butterball's® latest campaign. Sure, almost everyone knows turkey is synonymous with Thanksgiving, but turkey is great every single day of the year!  Butterball has teamed up with Allrecipes for "Turkey Tuesdays" and several allstars (including myself) have been asked to bring you delicious turkey recipes each Tuesday in the month of September. (Disclaimer:  I was provided with product for this recipe via Allrecipes as part of the Allstars program.  All opinions expressed in this post are mine.)

Butterball® feels there is a bit of Turketarian in everyone. I have joined the Turketarian movement and you can too!   Just following this link:  Join the Turketarian Movement and discover your inner Turketarian.  I found out I am a Healthy Hero (I eat turkey as part of a healthy lifestyle.)  No surprise there!  By joining the movement, you will also have access to a great FREE mobile app for turkey recipes and be able to grab some great money saving coupons!  Who doesn't like to eat healthy AND save money?

Turkey is a great protein option for those of us concerned with health and fitness.  Turkey is naturally low in fat without the skin, containing only 1 gram of fat per ounce of flesh. A 5-ounce serving provides almost half of the recommended daily allowance of folic acid, and is a good source of vitamins B, B1,B6, zinc and potassium.  Most importantly, TURKEY TASTES GREAT!! 

Today, so many turkey products are available for purchase...From whole birds, to sausages, to ground meat, to bacon, to deli meats...and the ways you can incorporate turkey into your everyday meal plans are almost endless. When it comes to variety, Butterball® has got you covered!  Click HERE to see all that Butterball® has to offer!  

One turkey item, that is almost always in my freezer is turkey smoked sausage.  Butterball® makes a Smoked Turkey Dinner Sausage that is lower in fat and calories than smoked sausages made from beef and/or pork but is every bit as delicious.

I only made a few changes to adapt it for my family.  I substituted the eggs for fat free egg product (ie  Eggbeaters®), reduced the oil, and substituted yellow onion for green (because that is what I had on hand).  I served this beautiful frittata for breakfast, but this dish would make an awesome dinner or lunch as well.  This frittata is full of flavor and guess what?  No one in my family even knew I used fat free egg product!

What takes this frittata over the top in flavor, is the combination of the turkey smoked sausage, sun-dried tomatoes and the fresh basil.  If you can't get fresh basil, I think fresh spinach would be a suitable substitute, but it would definitely change the flavor.  To help keep the calories in check I used the dry packed sun-dried tomatoes, and not the ones packed in oil. 

So why not join me and give "Turkey Tuesdays" a try in your house too? 

Servings - 8   Serving Size - 1/8th of the frittata  Points Plus per Serving - 5 Points+
Calories - 177.6,   Total Fat - 8.6g,   Carb. - 6.8g,   Protein - 18.3g,   Fiber - 0.3g

1 (14 ounce) package Butterball® Smoked Turkey Dinner Sausage, halved lengthwise, and cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
1/2 cup yellow onion, diced
1 TBS olive oil
1 (16 oz) carton of egg substitute (ie Egg Beaters®)
3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, part skim
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
16  torn fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, NOT packed in oil
fresh ground black pepper, to taste
additional basil, for garnish, if desired

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

2. Heat an oven-proof  10"skillet over med heat with olive oil.  Add in the sausage and onion and cook until onion is translucent and the onion and sausage begin to brown.   About 5 minutes. 

3.  In medium bowl, combine the egg substitute, cheeses, torn basil, sun-dried tomatoes, and black pepper.  (resist the urge to add salt, as the Parmesan cheese and the sausage add enough salt to the dish) 

4.  Pour the egg mixture onto the sausage and onion mixutre.  Continue to heat on stovetop, on medium heat until edges just begin to set.  (about 6 minutes or so) 

5.  Once the edges begin to set, transfer the skillet to the preheated oven.  Bake, uncovered, until the middle is set.  ( I found it took about 15-20 minutes at 375 degrees, but it will depend on how long it cooked stove top.  If you jiggle the pan, and you don't see any movement in the middle, it's done)  

6.  Let frittata cool for about 5 minutes before cutting it into 8 wedges.*  Garnish with additional basil, if desired.  Serve warm.  

*Traditionally, frittatas are supposed to be inverted onto a serving platter before serving, but I don't like to do that.  I prefer to serve it from the pan.  


After a slow start this year, my patio basil is finally doing fantastic.  I was happy to find a recipe to use some of it up in.  The flavors in this frittata are amazing, especially if you love basil and sun-dried tomatoes.  The turkey sausage compliments the flavors perfectly.  

Be sure to visit the Butterball® site and take the quiz to find out what type of Turketarian you are!  Then leave me a comment here and let me know what you got! 


  1. I too am a fan of turkey. I just happen to also have some basil to use up. This may be on rotation this week, thanks Renee!

  2. Oh, it's so pretty and the flavors sound great together! Rock on with your turketarian self!

    1. Yes indeed! Rock on! Love turkey for so many reasons!

  3. Fresh basil makes such a difference! I bought an organic basil plant earlier this summer and it's been growing well in my kitchen near a window! I love being able so snip of a little whenever I need it.

    1. I've never had success with basil indoors, but pot it outside in the spring/summer and hope the first frost takes it's time coming! I love it!

  4. I forgot to mention that I like the new look of your blog! It's so fresh and clean cleaning. Great job!

    1. Ah thanks Tami! I forgot to mention the new look in the post. My son and I did it on photoshop. He's quite talented!

  5. Like the new layout! It looks great!! This looks so yum! I'm all about eggs all day long.

  6. We love to grill turkey breasts all summer - not just near Thanksgiving. Thanks for the recipe Renee - have a great weekend!

    Love the new layout too - looks so clean. :D


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