What do you like to have at a cookout? Burgers and hots? Maybe chicken barbecue? Mmmm. Me, too. But, sometimes, I like to mix it up and make Italian Sausage on the grill. Favorite toppings? Sauteed green peppers and onions are a winning combination!
Italian sausage can be purchased in links or patties. Both have a lot of fat in them so, when grilling, keep a close eye on them. You want them crispy and brown but not burnt...unless you like burnt. If you do, burn yours but save out some before they reach the "burned stage" for everyone else! LOL
Links: When I grill Italian sausage links, first I precook them in the oven. Some people prefer to boil them but I like the oven-method better, primarily for easy cleanup. I put them in a baking dish lined with aluminum foil. Prick them a couple of times with a fork to allow the oil to ooze out. Bake on 300º for about 30 minutes. Then I move them to a hot grill and complete the process till they are browned.
Patties: Italian sausage patties do not need precooking. Preheat your grill and turn it down to medium or low. Put the raw patties on the grill and turn them frequently till golden brown with some crisp edges. Remove and serve.
How to prepare sauteed green peppers and onions:
- Slice the peppers and onions in narrow strips.
- Put 2-3 T cooking oil in a skillet and heat on medium to medium high heat.
- Place the peppers and onions in the skillet and gently turn with a spatula.
When are they done? This is a matter of taste. You can serve them anywhere from al dente to very soft with the onions carmelized. I opt for the later.
Finally, we spread mayonnaise* on a soft sandwich roll, add the sausage and pepper/onion combo and chow down! *Mustard tastes great, too.
What do you like to serve at your cookouts and summer party gatherings?