Italian sweet or spicy sausage is typically sautéed in olive oil and herbs such as garlic or grilled before topping a plate or sandwich. Boiling sausage is a Polish culinary tradition, commonly implemented when cooking kielbasa sausage. You can merge Polish and Italian influences by sautéing Italian sausage in a skillet prior to boiling it in tomato sauce or you can boil the sausage with other ingredients in a pot of water to create a southern-style boil. The sausage retains its juices and stays moist while boiling in liquid, creating a soft consistency. Here are a few easy-to-follow steps!
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Boil In Sauce
Heat two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil in a skillet on medium heat. Add the Italian sausage link to the skillet. Cook the Italian sausage link on both sides for about five minutes until golden brown.
Cut the sausage link into one-inch-thick pieces with a serrated knife. Place the sausage in a pot of boiling tomato sauce that has been cooking for 10 minutes.
Boil the sausage and sauce for five minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer the sausage and sauce for 25 minutes. Stir the sausage and sauce throughout the cooking time.
Boil In Water
Fill a sauce pan with water. Bring the water to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium.
Add the Italian sausage and other ingredients such as potatoes, if desired. Boil for 35 minutes. Add corn to the water in the last 10 minutes of cooking time, if desired, and shrimp or craw fish in the last three minutes of boiling time, if desired, to create a southern-style boil.
Strain the sausage and ingredients into a colander. Cut the sausage link into smaller one- to two-inch thick pieces and serve.