JAN’S COOKING TIPS:
#1 Look for an Italian sausage with the classic course grind. You should see little bits of fat, which will render off and add flavor.
#2 Don’t boil Italian sausage. You’re losing flavor that way. Instead, pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Place sausage links on a baking sheet. Cook for about 15 minutes until links turn a grayish color. Finish them off on the grill, about 5 minutes. This ensures that the links are cooked inside and caramelized on the outside.
#3 To cook sausage in the frying pan, start with a small amount of water, about 1/4 cup per four links. On high heat, cook sausage until water has evaporated. (At this point, sausage will be light in color) Gently puncture sausage in a few places to release juices. Reduce heat to medium high and cook sausage until caramelized. Turn occasionally for even cooking. You can also cook up the sausage with a little bit of oil in the pan.
#4 Slice up sweet yellow onions pinwheel-style and strips of green or red peppers. (I do two parts onion to one part peppers.) In a frying pan or flat grill, cook in a small amount of olive oil or butter until soft and tender.