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Old 06-11-2011, 02:15 PM   #1
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How do I make Italian sausage so it's not greasy?

My husband loves italian sausage, I don't, so I don't make it often. However, today the sausage at my local grocery store was very fresh in the butcher case, so I got some for him.

Now, every time I've made it in the past its been so greasy, how do I cook this without it coming out so oily? It is packaged in links in casing (hot italian). Do I pierce the casing before I cook it? or should I cook it twice He wants to have it on grinder rolls, "sausage and pepper" style.

Any suggestions would be a great help. Thanks!


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Old 06-11-2011, 02:19 PM   #2
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You can pierce the skin with a fork, but that will cause flare ups on the grill and/or lots of splattering in the pan. What I do with sausage is start them off in a pan in about an inch of water. Bring to a boil, then turn your heat down and simmer them about 5 minutes a side. Then, drain and rinse. Now you can fry them in the same pan or put them on the grill.
This helps get rid of a lot of grease.

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Old 06-11-2011, 02:30 PM   #3
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I like your suggestion, Rock.

Also, piercing can let out too much flavor leaving it tasteless and blah.

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Old 06-11-2011, 02:50 PM   #4
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Sausages by their nature contain fat. Any heating method that gets the interior hot will melt the fat and allow it to drain off (if you poke a few holes in the casing).

You could poke the casings full of holes, wrap them in a paper towel and microwave them for a few minutes.

Keep in mind, when you are draining off fat, you also lose some flavorful juices.
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Old 06-11-2011, 04:27 PM   #5
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Start in pan with 1/2 to 1 inch of water. Boil water off and continue frying until nicely browned and drain on paper towels. Or, cook in covered dutch oven on top of a cast iron rack-
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Old 06-11-2011, 04:35 PM   #6
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I start mine in the microwave in a dish water instead of a pan on the stove, then I finish them off on the grill.
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Old 06-11-2011, 06:38 PM   #7
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I knew I was doing something wrong, I never cooked them with water first before frying. I'm sure doing this will be a big improvement! Thanks!
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Old 06-11-2011, 07:27 PM   #8
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First you boil the sausage, then brown it in a skillet. You don't need to add grease...just a little non-stick spray.
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Old 06-12-2011, 06:38 AM   #9
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Before adding Smoked Sausage to Red Beans/Rice or a Gumbo I place it on a broiler pan and into a medium hot oven to render out some of the fat...The sausage browns and the fat drains into the bottom of the broiler pan.....
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Old 06-12-2011, 07:09 AM   #10
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I simmer it in water , just covering the sauage. I chop up a garlic, onion, lil fennel seeds, if is hot sauage I add red peepper flakes also to the water this way it still keeps the flavor. Then it goes on the grill and brown it up. It always comes out very tasty and not so greasy.

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