Italian Sausage

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Published on: September 16, 2011

How to Cook a perfect Italian Sausage

Perfectly cooked Italian Sausage
Perfectly cooked Italian Sausage

1 lb Italian sausage
2 tbs olive oil
Hot water
This is by far the best way to cook Italian sausage. I do this before I add it to gravy, or make Italian sausage sandwiches or almost every time I am making it.

Put the oil into a non-stick pan. Place sausages side by side into the pan and add the hot water until it is about ½ covering the sausage.
Place the lid on the pan and turn the heat to medium. Let those cook for about 10 – 12 minutes.

Italian sausage cooking
Italian sausage cooking

Take off the lid and keep cooking. The water will eventually cook off and leave the olive oil.
Cook each sausage until it is nicely browned, then rotate to each side until browned all the way around.
Remove from pan.

Homemade Stock and Broth

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Published on: September 7, 2011

First off keep in mind that I usually use the term stock when I am speaking about either stock or broth. (So please don’t correct me.) I understand that the main difference is that broth is usually made with actual pieces of meat, where as stock is made from mostly bones and trimmings of the meat. (Except for vegetable stock, where no meat is used obviously.)

That being said, I usually ALWAYS make my own stock. It’s easy to do and you end up saving a lot of money in the long run.

Any time you have a carcass or left over trimmings of meat, you should always make stock.
Turkey, chicken, ham, beef, etc. It all comes in handy down the road.

Anything with bones, or lots of leftover excess.

Let’s say I roast a small chicken for dinner one night.
After the meal, I remove all the skin and fat from the carcass and throw everything into a large pot. Cover with hot water and add salt and pepper.
Set the heat to medium/low and let it simmer for about an hour or an hour and 1/2.

Then pour through a fine strainer to get rid of all the meat, bones and other material.

Leave it in the pot to cool.
After it has cooled you should be able to skim any fat off the top.

Then measure and pour stock into various sized freezer safe containers and lable. I usually do a large one (4 – 6 cups) and a bunch of 1-2 cup containers.
That way if I need a lot I grab the big one. If I need a little, I grab one of the small ones.

I am a HUGE fan of Turkey Stock. I think it has a LOT more flavor than chicken stock.
Give it a try!

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