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How to Cook Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage

by
author image Anna Aronson
Anna Aronson began working as a journalist in 2000 and spent six years at suburban Chicago newspapers before pursuing freelance work. She enjoys writing about health care topics, in particular obstetrics, pediatrics and nutrition. She received a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Eastern Illinois University and is now studying for a Master of Science in medicine degree to become a physician's assistant.
How to Cook Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage
Sliced smoked sausages on a cutting board. Photo Credit joannatkaczuk/iStock/Getty Images

Smoked sausage often is used as a meat entree, but you can use it as an appetizer or add it to pasta and soups. The terms smoked sausage and kielbasa are used interchangeably by many people, but they are not necessarily the same. Smoked sausages may be fully cooked or uncooked, while kielbasa refers to cooked sausages. Hillshire Farm sells several smoked sausage products made from beef, pork, turkey and chicken. They also sell skinless smoked sausage, varieties flavored with cheese and an Italian-style smoked sausage. Preparation is the same for all except the skinless smoked sausages.

On the Stove

Step 1

Pour enough water into a pan to reach a depth of 2 to 3 inches or to completely cover the amount of smoked sausage you're cooking.

Step 2

Place the pan on a stove burner, turn it on high and bring the water to a boil.

Step 3

Remove the sausage from the plastic packaging and place it into the boiling water.

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Step 4

Cover the pan, reduce the heat to medium and simmer the smoked sausage for 10 to 12 minutes.

In the Microwave

Step 1

Remove the smoked sausage from the plastic packaging.

Step 2

Wrap the sausage in paper towels.

Step 3

Place the smoked sausage on a microwave-safe dish.

Step 4

Set your microwave on its high setting and cook the sausage for 40 seconds to 45 seconds.

Step 5

Let the smoked sausage stand for about one minute before removing it from the microwave.

On the Grill

Step 1

Preheat your grill to a medium-high heat.

Step 2

Brush the hot grill with a grill brush to remove any food residue. This helps keep the sausage from sticking to the grill and also prevents contamination from foods that were previously grilled.

Step 3

Remove the sausage from the plastic packaging and set the meat on the hot grill.

Step 4

Allow the sausage to cook for 12 to 14 minutes, turning it frequently so it browns evenly on all sides.

Pan Frying

Step 1

Remove the sausage from the package and cut it in half length-wise or into 1/2 inch pieces.

Step 2

Heat a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.

Step 3

Put the smoked sausage into the skillet and cook for 6 to 9 minutes, turning frequently.

Skinless Smoked Sausage

Step 1

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2

Remove the skinless smoked sausages from the package and put them into a shallow baking pan.

Step 3

Put the pan in the oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes.

Step 4

Remove the smoked sausage from the oven and let it stand for 3 minutes before serving.

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