Thursday, May 10, 2012

Baked Sausage Tip

During the years I spent in the restaurant business, I often had to prep large amounts of bacon or sausage links at one time. We would lay them out on a baking sheet and put them in the oven for varying amounts of time, depending on whether we needed them fully cooked, or merely blanched so that they would finish cooking more quickly for short orders.

At home, I use the same technique to cook bacon or sausage for breakfast. It's quick, reliable, doesn't leave grease spatters on my cooktop, and doesn't tie up a burner that I want to use while cooking eggs. There's some debate among purists about whether bacon tastes the same baked, as grilled or fried, and the only difference I can think of is that the sugar cure in bacon is more likely to get caramelized at high heat when frying it in a pan, thus the difference. But, I digress.

In the restaurants, we used unlined baking sheets, as we had dishwashers and potscrubbers to clean up the mess afterwards, but at home I have to clean the pans myself (or my lovely wife does), so I like to line the pan with a foil sheet before baking - just throw the foil away when you're done, and there's no baked-on gunk on the pan to scrub.

This works great for bacon, but for link sausage, the links often get stuck to the foil sheet. Just this morning, though, I finally tried a little trick - spraying the foil with Pam cooking spray before I put the links down on it.

It worked like a dream, the links didn't stick, and they came right off the foil when it was all cooked. Hope this tip is good for you, too.

3 comments:

  1. wonder if the non stick foil would work? how long do you generally bake them?

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  2. Ayshela - sorry I missed seeing your comment earlier. Didn't get an email from blogger for some reason.

    The true answer is - I bake them as long as I need to to get them as cooked as they need to be. Generally, however, I'd say about 20-25 minutes at 350 F. for small links, more for the fat ones.
    You can usually tell when they've browned up nicely on the side touching the foil/pan that they're done, but cutting one open to check and make sure all the "pink" is gone works, too.

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