How To Cook Italian Sausage In Oven With 7 Simple Steps
There are many ways to cook Italian sausages: baking, boiling or grilling. Amongst them, I prefer baking in oven because it’s easy, avoids splattering grease all over the pan, prevents drying out and saves time by creating one-pan meals.
Today, Italian sausage is common in cookouts, pasta and pizza. It’s also a favorite dish on holidays like Thanksgiving or Christmas. If you want to know how to cook Italian sausage in oven, this post is just for you.
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How To Cook Italian Sausage In Oven?
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Set your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190 degrees Celsius).
Depending on your oven, the preheat time will be different. In general, most ovens take about 20-30 minutes to get to 375°F.
Cut the sausage into three-inch pieces (shorter or longer depending on your dish and preference) using a sharp knife and cutting board.
Then, prick each piece with a fork for a few times. These little actions help to prevent the sausage from exploring when they get very hot during baking, so don’t underestimate and skip them.
Prepare Mixture for Baking
Put about 4 teaspoons of olive oil, 2 teaspoons of dried and cut cumin leaves, 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of crushed red pepper into a bowl. Mix all the ingredients with a spoon. Make sure none of them stay dry.
While the oil helps to prevent the food from sticking to the pan, other spices are great seasonings for Italian sausage.
Prepare Veggies and Seasonings
Make sure you wash and dry all your veggies before cutting them.
To the onion, you first peel it off, then cut it into thin slices after cutting it in half-moons. Don’t cut it too thin to keep the onion juicy even when cooking is finished. To the potatoes, do the same. To the garlic cloves, you peel them off, then chop them up into small pieces. To the green paprika, you slice it lengthwise into large pieces.
If you want to add a licorice flavor to this dish, you can use fennel or anise.After you’ve prepared all of those, stir them together in a bowl to make sure they’re all well mixed.
Put Everything in Baking Pan
Coat the bottom of your baking pan with the mixture that you already prepared in the #3. To make sure the pan is fully covered, use a spatula to spread the mixture.
Place the mixed veggies in the pan. Spread them regularly until you get a single flat layer.
Lay all the pieces of sausage on the veggies. Line them up side by side so that they don’t overlap each other. Also, leave space in between each line.
Note: You should cover the pan with foil (or parchment paper) to ensure the sausage cooked beautifully without getting dry.
After all the preparations, now it’s time for the most important step – baking the sausage. Take your pan with both hands and place it on the middle rack of the oven to ensure even cooking.
The baking time is 45 minutes which is ideal for cooking the Italian sausage in the oven along with all the veggies inside.
Note: At 20 minutes, take the pan out of the oven using a couple of oven mitts. Then, use a kitchen tong to flip the sausage over so that they’re cooked evenly.
After 45 minutes, take the pan out of the oven again and check the sausage. Did it turn golden brown? Is it firm? Does it swell and plump up? Is it juicy? Do the veggies keep their flavor? Etc.
However, it might be hard to tell if the sausage is fully cooked by just looking at the outside. So, you’ll need to check the temperature with a thermometer. The simple thumb rule is to cook Italian sausage until it reaches a minimum internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).
Arrange the sausages and layer the veggies beautifully on the serving dish. If you want, you can add coriander or oregano leaves. The garnishes add more flavor and make the dish look more attractive.
Important Tips To Cook Italian Sausage
Do not add water to this recipe, because it will boil Italian sausage more than you want.
Now you know how to cook Italian sausage in oven. As you can see, it’s very simple to make a delicious meal. Not only Italian sausage, but you can do the same baking method with other kinds of sausage such as Kielbasa, Andouille, Bratwurst or Chorizo. You can also change the recipe with other seasonings and veggies to create your own unique touch. There are many interesting tips which I want to reveal to you in How To Class. Let's try it :).
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