Whether it’s a gameday tailgate or a weeknight party, finding the right appetizer recipe for a large group can be difficult. With tastes of all kinds and the always-present picky eaters, when you are deciding which appetizer to bring, it’s always a good idea to have a few go-to recipes that are sure to be a hit with the crowd.
And when those recipes include sausage (especially Papa Cantella’s sausage) - even better! Here are some fun appetizer ideas sure to be the hit at your next get-together:
These finger-sized treats are a mouthful of flavor in one bite, and perfectly complement the sweet Italian sausage featured in the stuffing.
- 16 extra-large white mushrooms
- 5 tablespoons good olive oil, divided
- 2 1/2 tablespoons Marsala wine or medium sherry
- 3/4 pound Papa Cantella’s Sweet Italian Sausage(removed from casings)
- 6 scallions, white and green parts, minced
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 2/3 cup panko crumbs
- 5 ounces mascarpone cheese, preferably from Italy
- 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan
- 2 1/2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley leaves
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
- Remove the stems from the mushrooms and chop them finely. Set aside. Place the mushroom caps in a shallow bowl and toss with 3 tablespoons of the olive oil and Marsala. Set aside.
- Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the sausage, crumbling it with the back of a wooden spoon. Cook the sausage for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until it's completely browned. Add the chopped mushroom stems and cook for 3 more minutes. Stir in the scallions and garlic and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the panko crumbs, stirring to combine evenly with all the other ingredients. Finally, swirl in the mascarpone and continue cooking until the mascarpone has melted and made the sausage mixture creamy. Off the heat, stir in the Parmesan, parsley, and season with salt and pepper, to taste, Cool slightly.
- Fill each mushroom generously with the sausage mixture. Arrange the mushrooms in a baking dish large enough to hold all the mushrooms in a snug single layer. Bake until the stuffing for 50 minutes, until the stuffing is browned and crusty.
Sausage Parmesan Palmiers
With their unique shape and easy preparation, these rolls are sure to catch the eye and the taste buds of everyone in the crowd.
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 onions, sliced
- 8 ounces Papa Cantella’s breakfast sausage
- 1 sheet frozen puff pastry (from a 17.3-ounce package, such as Pepperidge Farm), thawed
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan (not shredded; grated to a powder)
- 1 large egg
- Put the butter and onions in a skillet over medium heat and brown the onions until dark, 40 to 45 minutes. Remove from the skillet and set aside. Add the sausage to the same skillet and crumble; cook until done, 5 to 8 minutes.
- Roll the pastry out to 10 by 12 inches. Sprinkle the cheese over the pastry, then the sausage, then the onions. Roll both sides toward the center of the rectangle until they touch. Chill in the fridge for 20 minutes or place in the freezer for 10 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment.
- Slice the pastry into 1/3-inch slices and transfer them to the prepared baking sheets. Mix together the egg and 1 tablespoon water in a small bowl and brush the mixture over the top of the slices. Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes.
Choose Your Best Sausage with Papa Cantella’s
Not all sausages are created equally. At Papa Cantella’s, quality is our first priority. Our fresh flavoring and wholesome ingredients deliver superior artisan offerings.
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