There’s something special about fresh sausage; the aroma, the flavor and even the texture are somewhat enhanced as compared with store-bought sausage. Cooking fresh sausage is not limited to frying sausage patties. Fresh sausage can be added to casseroles, meatloaf, lasagna, spaghetti and basically any dish that calls for ground meat. Try boiling sausage links and adding to greens or kraut, or grilling over simmering coals. There’s a variety of ways to prepare fresh sausage, as it’s definitely not limited to breakfast any more.
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How to Cook Fresh Sausage
Make sausage patties out of the fresh sausage. If the sausage contains a lot of fat, you may want to make patties slightly larger to allow for shrinkage during cooking.
Add 1 tbsp. olive oil to frying pan, 1/2 cup water, and place on burner over medium low heat.
Place sausage patties in the frying pan and cook over medium heat for 2 or 3 minutes, depending on thickness.
Using a spatula, turn sausage patties over and allow to cook an additional 2 to 3 minutes.
Remove from heat and place on paper towels to drain.
How to Add Fresh Sausage to Meatloaf
Replace one-half of required meat with fresh sausage. If a meatloaf recipe calls for 2 lbs. of ground beef, use 1 lb. of ground beef and 1 lb. of fresh sausage.
Combine ground beef and fresh sausage well prior to adding other ingredients. This will ensure even baking, shrinkage, texture and flavor.
Reduce the amount of salt used in meatloaf recipes when using fresh sausage, as sausage contains salt.
Mix ingredients together and bake as directed.
Fresh sausage not used within 3 to 5 days should be frozen to prevent spoiling. Fresh sausage will keep in the freezer for up to 2 months.
References and ResourcesU.S. Department of Agriculture on Sausages & Food Safety
American Meat Institute