Now this is a pretty simple recipe,and I imagine many of you already know how to make this.
However we had company over to watch the Bears game last week and served this and several of our guests said they never had Italian Sausage cooked
this way,so here goes...
Quantity does not matter for this recipe,so its great when cooking for large groups.
Ingredients are simple:
Italian Sausage links (I prefer mild,especially for this recipe)
Tomato Sauce (use regular tomato sauce not a Prego,Ragu,etc.)
Optional: Onions and/or Peppers (I ocassionally use onions,however the flavor is robust enough without)
Take your Italian Sausage and simply brown them in a pan.
Then put your sausages in a pot.Pour in enough tomato sauce to fully cover all your sausage.
Then put in some Bay Leaves,I use one leave for every 3 or 4 sausages.You can crush or chop them or use them whole,I will crush half and use the other
half whole. (The Bay Leaves are key for flavor)
Then slowly cook,I generally turn the heat up to medium to start with,until the sauce gets warm,then turn it to low or medium low.Stir ocassionally.(I
stir every 15mins give or take)
It will take between 2 & 3 hours,you can turn the heat up the last few minutes to be sure they are done.Its nearly impossible to overcook these.
You'll know they are done in different ways,when you grab one of them with a fork or tongs they will be very tender and nearly falling apart.
When the sauce begins to bubble at the top they are about done.(you can let em go another few mins.)
You will see the grease from the sausage start rising to the top giving a different color than the sauce.
Serve on a hearty type bun.Take some of the sauce and paste the inside of the bun too.
If you like hearty type foods and meat dishes you will really enjoy this the sausage is so tender and the flavor is cooked in so deep,its really
good.Hope everyone enjoys.
You can cook them in a crock pot however it will take nearly twice as long,and for me has never turned out quite as good as when I cook them in a pot
on the stove.
edit on 23-9-2011 by KaiserSouszay because: (no reason given)