For this Italian sausage recipe choose either the sweet or spicy variety of sausages, and either one will work fine, take your pick!
Make this entree and then serve with a luscious bread to make this meal complete.
I personally prefer the hot sausage, because it has a little bit of a kick!
You know you have real thing if it contains fennel seeds... check for those!
This recipe is quick and easy but full of flavor, so get cooking!
First things first - cooking this type of sausage is usually a two step process.
I recommend these steps: Place the sausage in a heavy saucepan, then fill with water until the meat is halfway submerged. Put on medium heat, until the water starts to bubble a little and then turn on low.
You'll notice the sausage start to get puffy - take a fork and prick it all along the top, so that the fat can be released. When you see that the bottom half of the meat has started to turn colors, flip the links over and let the other side cook.
When the sausage is an even light brown all the way around, turn off the heat and prepare a baking sheet or tray (depending on how you want to serve the sausage).
If you want to leave the sausage in link form, you can place it in a greased baking pan, and set it aside. Turn your oven to 400 degrees and begin to prepare the peppers and onions.
You can also choose to slice the links in half the long way, flattening them so that you can place them on a baking sheet and bake them that way. It's your choice!
Prepare the veggies by washing and slicing them into strips. Using another pan, heat up the olive oil. Add the garlic and let it cook for a minute or two. Then add the peppers and onions. Season them with the salt and pepper. Then toss them gently until they seem to be soft and cooked through. (You can leave a lid on the pan for a few minutes to allow steam to build up and cook them too... just watch out not to burn them!)
If you will be baking the sausage as links, you can remove the veggies from the stove when they are still semi-raw. Pour them over the sausage into the pan, cover with tinfoil and throw them in the oven together. Let them cook until the meat is fully cooked through... usually about 30 minutes.
If you are going to slice the sausage, let the veggies get soft. Bake the meat while your veggies are cooking, turning them over once to evenly brown both sides. This method gives you a very crispy sausage - which I usually prefer. When it's nice and browned, remove it from the heat and serve it with the peppers and onions.
This Italian sausage recipe MUST be paired with some kind of bread... you can choose to serve it as a sandwich dish in a subroll, or as a main dish on a plate... It also goes well with white rice if you're going for a more well-rounded meal.
Either way it's sure to become a family favorite!
*Wine pairing suggestion for this Italian Sausage recipe: Amarone