Best Way To Cook Sausage In The Oven

best way to cook sausage

No matter the primary type of meat in your breakfast sausage, the best way to cook them is completely. Under-cooked pork, chicken, turkey or game meat can make you very sick. Sausages of all meats can be cooked on the stove top or in the oven.

How To Cook Sausages In The Oven

Some recipes call for pricking the sausage casing before cooking to release fat. This is only a good idea when cooking pork sausage with a high fat percentage. Any lean meat sausage will lose water and take on a tough, chewy texture if pricked before frying or baking.

To keep your sausage nice and moist, do not puncture the casings of sausages made from lean meats.

Cooking sausage in the oven is a speedy and convenient way to prepare this delicious source of protein.

Per Susan Lundman your oven needs to be pre-heated to at least 400 degrees Fahrenheit / 204 degrees Celsius. Verify this temperature with a thermostat to reduce the risk of under-cooking the sausage.​

Lay the sausages flat in a roasting pan and drizzle with olive oil. Bake uncovered for fifteen to twenty minutes, turning once or twice during that time to ensure even browning. Be aware that thicker sausages may take longer to cook.

Before you turn the oven off, cut the largest sausage in half to make absolutely certain the sausages are completely cooked and have no pink meat left inside.

The most important factor to consider when determining how to cook sausage in oven or on the stove top is done-ness.

Even smoked meats can harbor bacteria, so getting sausages to the right temperature and keeping them hot enough to kill off microbes is critically important.​

Breakfast Sausage In The Oven

How To Cook Italian Sausage In The Oven

Italian sausage is a pork sausage primarily flavored with fennel and garlic. It can also contain chile pepper for those who like a bit more heat. Per food authority Amy Sowder of Chowhound, this sausage is a great addition to pasta sauces, or can be enjoyed on its own.​

Celebrity chef Max Tucci offers a simple yet delicious recipe for cooking Italian sausage in the oven.

What Temp To Cook Sausage?

Per food authority Martha Stewart, pork sausages cooked on the stove top should be cooked at medium heat, or between 325 and 350 degrees Fahrenheit / 163 to 177 degrees Celsius.

  • Load the sausages into a heavy cast-iron skillet and add water to cover 1/4 up the sides of the sausages.
  • Prick the sausages with a fork to release juices and fats, and cover the pan. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes until sausages are cooked through.
  • Test this by cutting into the center of the sausage to make sure it's not pink in the middle.
  • Once they're fully cooked, continue to cook uncovered until the water evaporates, and turn the sausages in the remaining fat until the skins are crisp and browned.​

Sausage Basics

Sausage is a mixture of base meats, spices, fats, and water. It can either be pressed into patties or encased and sold as links. Depending on the fat content of the base meat, there may be more water in the sausage blend.

Per animal sciences professor (retired) Martin Marchello and food and nutrition specialist Julie Garden-Robinson of the NDSU Extension Service, say that sausage making originated when people realized that meat could be kept edible with the addition of salt and smoke.

SEE ALSO: Sausage Stuffer​

As sausage became more popular and portable, sausage recipes became more specific to region and butcher. Today, more than two hundred types and varieties of sausage are sold around the world.

Vegetarian Options​

For diners who've given up meat for personal or health reasons but miss the taste and smell of sausage, Juliet Lapidos of Slate hosted a vegetarian sausage tasting. For members of the "I don't eat meat but I love the smell of sausage and bacon," crowd, finding a flavorful sausage replacement is critical.

Lapidos' panel of testers included several staunch carnivores. The winner of the taste test is the Field Roast Italian Sausage, made of wheat-gluten. Per authorities at Field Roast, Field Roast sausages need only be heated through and they are ready to eat.​

Sausage making may be built around scraps including organ meats but it has has grown into a science. Different spice blends and smoking times offer diners a wide variety of flavors and textures. Temperature and cooking time are critical to make sure this delicious product is safe to eat.​

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