We are going to take the mystery out of cooking sausages and we want to keep it healthy!!
Here are 5 ways to cook sausage :
To make the sausage tender:
To make your sausage tender, you will want to drop your sausages in a saucepan and fill with just enough (cold) water to cover the sausages. If you prefer you can use beer. Put the pot/saucepan on the stove top, turn the heat to medium-high. You will need to cook until the water reaches a gentle simmer – this will take about 6-8 minutes.
Cooking the Sausage in the Oven:
If you have fresh sausages, preheat your oven to about 350 F. While you wait for it to heat up, prepare a baking tray or grill pan and place the sausages on it. Make sure they are spaced apart so that they are not touching each other. Cook the sausages in the oven for about 20 minutes, turning them halfway thru so they brown evenly.
This recipe for Oven Baked Sausage and Peppers is delicious!!
Keeping your Sausage Healthy:
The healthiest way to cook sausage is by boiling or baking (like the above two ways). Stay away from deep frying as it is the least healthy way due to the added fat and calories.
Try this recipe for German Sausage with Red Cabbage and Whole Grain Mustard!!
‘Fry’ in a pan:
Heat a frying pan and add a couple of tablespoons of vegetable oil. Heat for another minute then add the sausages. Brown lightly on all sides, then turn the heat down and continue to cook for about 15-20 minutes and don't forget to turning them every few minutes.
When grilling your sausage, use TONGS to turn the sausage. NOT A FORK! You do not want to poke the casing and let out all the yummy juices. Grill low and slow; fast and hot will cause the juices in the sausage to boil, this makes the casing burst open, causing a burnt outside and raw inside.
To ensure your sausage is fully cooked (in any form of cooking), internal temperature should be 150-160 F.
So buy yourself some Circle B Ranch sausages and experiment on the different cooking techniques!! Enjoy!