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Cooking Italian Sausages

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Pick Your Flavor First

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  • When buying and cooking Italian sausages, you will need to decide whether you want them sweet, mild or hot.
  • When in doubt about guest's preferences, always select the sweet sausages.
  • To work ahead, you can freeze the Italian sausages after you simmer/cook them. To freeze, place fully cooked sausages into airtight containers or plastic freezer bags.
  • It is suggested you avoid boiling your Italian Sausage. Boiling them often makes them "chewy".
  • A grill is the absolute best way to cook your Italian sausage. If a grill is not doable, use a frying pan. You don't need to add much fat, if any, because the sausages have their own fat. In your frying pan, fry the sausages until they turn a nice, brown color on all sides.

Cooking Italian Sausage in a Skillet

  • Place sausages in a skillet and add water about halfway up the sides of the sausages. Cook on medium high heat until all of the water dissipates, then brown them. This leaves them well cooked, juicy, brown and with some of the fat removed.

Serving suggestions: Sausage tastes wonderful served as a sub with peppers on a toasted, crunchy roll, or over your favorite pasta. Consider using your Italian sausage in our Sausage and Cabbage Soup Recipe, or in our Sausage Bites Recipe.

Italian Sausage cooking tip