Hosting a holiday party?
Time to deck those halls! But before you break out the Santa hats and icicle lights, you should always start with the menu. After all, your menu sets the tone for your entire holiday get together!
The best parties have an air of effortlessness, and nothing says “effortless” like a bunch of heavy hors d’oeuvres and ever-flowing drinks. Break out the eggnog, fire up the broiler, and consider making one (or both!) of our easiest sausage appetizer recipes for your next festive occasion. Your guests will thank you.
Sausage and Three Cheese Crostini
This tasty snack is handheld and filling. It’s a great thing to serve alongside red wine.
- 1/2 pound fresh Papa Cantella’s Italian Sausage (removed from casings)
- 1/2 cup of onion, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon of chopped garlic
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 1/2 cup of Ricotta cheese
- 2/3 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup of Provolone cheese
- 1 cup of fresh, ripe tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
- 2 tablespoons of fresh basil, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons of fresh parsley, finely chopped
- 18 slices of baguette-style bread, cut into ½” slices
In a medium-sized skillet, cook the sausage, onion, and garlic in the olive oil over medium heat for 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon to crumble the sausage. Remove the mixture and place in a medium-sized bowl.
Add in the Ricotta cheese, one-half of the Parmesan cheese, the Provolone cheese, the tomatoes, basil, parsley, and salt and pepper to taste and mix together. Preheat the broiler. Place the rack 6-8 inches from the heat source.
Put one tablespoon of the mixture onto each of the bread slices and sprinkle the tops with the remaining Parmesan cheese. Place on a cookie sheet and broil for about five to six minutes (be careful not to burn). Serve hot.
Hot and Spicy Sausages
A little sweet, a little spicy…everyone loves these three-ingredient sausages, especially the cook!
- 3 lbs. of fresh Papa Cantella’s Italian sausage links
- 1 10 ounce jar of grape jelly
- 2 10 ounce bottles of your favorite chili sauce
Broil the sausages for about 8-10 minutes over medium heat, turning once, removing just before they are done. Once cool enough to handle, Cut the sausages into bite-sized pieces around ¼ - ½”.
Mix the jar of grape jelly and the two bottles of chili sauce together in a two quart sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and add the chopped sausage to the sauce mixture. Simmer for about fifteen minutes.
Serve this wonderful creation in a crock-pot or other warming container and have toothpicks available for convenience.
What do people remember about parties? They might remember the music and they’ll definitely remember the food. But what’s most likely to stick with them is the impression of a relaxed, confident host. What’s worse than being at a party where the host is trapped in the kitchen all night long!?
Do you have any favorite sausage apps you’d like to share with the Papa Cantella’s family? We’re always looking for easy ideas to work into our rotation.