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Old 06-12-2011, 08:36 AM   #11
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I pierce the casing with a fork, then depending on what I'm making with it, I'll use red or white wine to steam it in the pan. When the wine evaporates I remove the cover and brown it off in the remaining fat. Drain on paper towels. Sometimes, the casing is removed completely and it is browned in a pan. Then it is drained on paper towels. I resort to the latter if bulk isn't available.

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Old 06-12-2011, 09:43 AM   #12
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This is one of our favorites.
In a slow cooker add 3 large cans of spaghetti sauce (traditional w/o meat) and all your italian sausages. Pierce them evenly to allow the fat to come out.
After 5 hours on low, you will have fat pooled on top of the sauce and sausages, spoon the fat out.
Add sliced onions and peppers and cook until tender (with the sauce).
Serve. (on Buns or on pasta)

The sausages give off lots of fat and the sauce infuses them with moisture and flavor.
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Old 06-12-2011, 08:49 PM   #13
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bliss beat me to it, except i brown my sausage first.

for really good sausage, it's almost a crime to pierce them to render out the fat. the real talent of a sausage maker is to get a perfect size grind for the type of sausage, and the right amount of fat.

the best way to go, even for sausage and pepper grinders/heroes is to grill, griddle, or pan fry them without breaking the casings at all, then cut them into a pot of sauce. i use my kitchen shears for this while holding each browned sausage over the pot of sauce with tongs.

let simmer for a few minutes in the sauce until just cooked through, or for an hour or two (or more) until they've gone through a tough stage and are getting tender again.

i like a little sauce on my sausage-n-peppers anyway, so this method works really well. plus, you have really tasty sauce to be used in something like a lasagna, or with meatballs afterwards.
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Old 06-12-2011, 08:54 PM   #14
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Old 06-12-2011, 08:58 PM   #15
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Old 06-12-2011, 09:29 PM   #18
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