1. Purchase about 2 pounds mild pork sausages, such as French-style with white wine and thyme in a single long piece, or connected links of mild Italian or regular pork sausages.
2. Lay sausages flat and coil to form a round disk. Slide a metal skewer horizontally through middle section of sausages, then push another skewer through meat perpendicular to the first, forming an X. Place sausages in a close-fitting rimmed pan about 10 by 15 inches.
3. Bake in a 325° oven until well browned, about 55 minutes. Holding the skewers, lift sausages from pan, put on a platter, and pull out skewers. Cut sausages to serve.
4. Discard fat from pan, and if desired, add 1/2 cup water to pan and scrape drippings free; save to add to other recipes.