optional crushed or ground red pepper for added heat. Add to taste
Combine all ingredients and gently work together but don't overwork. Choose from the method of cooking sausage below: Ground sausage, large rolls to slice, breakfast links and patties
For Ground Italian Sausage
Heat a large skillet on medium-low heat with 1 Tbsp. olive oil. Once hot, add meat mixture and cook for about 3 minutes then decrease heat to low and continue cooking for 7-10 more minutes. Chop throughout cook to break up meat into small pieces.
For Large Sausage Rolls/ Logs to Slice
Divide meat mixture into 3 portions. Form each portion into a log shape. Know that it will shrink some but otherwise choose the size you want.
Heat a large skillet to low-medium heat (level 2-3). Spray pan with olive oil. Once pan is hot place sausage rolls in the pan and spray the tops with olive oil. Cook for about 3-5 minutes before rolling. Continue cooking and rolling until all sides are cooked.
For Breakfast Links and Patties
Scoop out small portions (approximately 1 heaping tablespoon) and form into a log or a small patty. Gently roll (or flatten out if doing patty) on cutting board or between hands to smooth out surface. It shouldn't, but if the meat sticks to your hands spray a small amount of olive oil on your hands while rolling.
Heat skillet to medium-low heat (level 3). Once hot add links and/or patties and cook 4-5 minutes before rolling or flipping them.