January 29, 2013

Smokey Sausage Cups

I’ve got a fun appetizer for you today! If you are a fan of Crockpot Little Smokies AND Pigs in a Blanket, you will LOVE these Smokey Sausage Cups! It combines the best of both worlds into one perfect bite. They’re a savory blend of smokey sausages in sweet and spicy sauce, BUT THEY’RE ALSO all wrapped up in a puffy, buttery, crisped-to-perfection pastry shell. It’s two of my favorite appetizers in one! I’m so excited to share this recipe with you today as part of the Pepperidge Farm “Puffection” Game Day Entertaining Challenge.

Smokey Sausage Cups Appetizer. Like Crockpot Little Smokies + Pigs in a Blanket all wrapped up in one PERFECT bite! kevinandamanda.com

Okay, seriously simple ingredients here. You can whip these up in no time. The original recipe calls for orange marmalade, and I would have loved to have tried these with orange marmalade, but… confession time. Kevin is not a huge fan of oranges. I know right? I’m not sure we can be friends anymore. He won’t even eat little clementine cuties!! I know right??!  He doesn’t know what he’s missing. More for me. Whatever. He’s not really a fan anything citrusy. We don’t have lemon-scented cleaning products in the house. For me, however, this means no key lime pie. No crumbly lemon squares. No cranberry-orange sweet rolls. No cheesecake. I die. Not that I can’t have them, of course. Just that I can’t really make them. Because then he won’t eat any. And then I’ll eat them all. Bad. So I don’t really get them all that often. Don’t you feel so terribly sorry for me? Oh, and I realize cheesecake is not a citrus, but I’m just throwing that out there since it’s another dessert my beloved doesn’t really care for.

ANYWAY!

The recipe ALSO says you can use orange marmalade OR you favorite jam, so… I used GRAPE jam! It was perfect because I’ve seen recipes for Crockpot Little Smokies with grape jam. All the better!

The best part about these Smokey Sausage Cups is that you can keep most of the ingredients on hand at all times, which means if you have unexpected guests, you can whip these up as on a moment’s notice for a quick and delicious appetizer. And if you need ideas using up that leftover sausage… You can make this Spicy Sausage Pasta! It’s our favorite weeknight dinner ever. :)

Smokey Sausage Cups Appetizer. Like Crockpot Little Smokies + Pigs in a Blanket all wrapped up in one PERFECT bite! kevinandamanda.com

Anyway. Here’s what you do. Slice an 8oz link of smoked sausage, and dice into quarters.

Smokey Sausage Cups Appetizer. Like Crockpot Little Smokies + Pigs in a Blanket all wrapped up in one PERFECT bite! kevinandamanda.com

Lightly flour a work surface.

Smokey Sausage Cups Appetizer. Like Crockpot Little Smokies + Pigs in a Blanket all wrapped up in one PERFECT bite! kevinandamanda.com

And roll out the one sheet of puff pastry.

Smokey Sausage Cups Appetizer. Like Crockpot Little Smokies + Pigs in a Blanket all wrapped up in one PERFECT bite! kevinandamanda.com

Cut the puff pastry into squares.

Smokey Sausage Cups Appetizer. Like Crockpot Little Smokies + Pigs in a Blanket all wrapped up in one PERFECT bite! kevinandamanda.com

And press in a muffin tin sprayed with cooking spray.

Smokey Sausage Cups Appetizer. Like Crockpot Little Smokies + Pigs in a Blanket all wrapped up in one PERFECT bite! kevinandamanda.com

Next, stir the diced sausage with 2 tablespoons orange marmalade (or your favorite jam) and 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard.

Oh man, you know what I just realized? I bet you could even use HONEY instead of jam. Honey Mustard Sausage Cups?? YES PLEASE!

Smokey Sausage Cups Appetizer. Like Crockpot Little Smokies + Pigs in a Blanket all wrapped up in one PERFECT bite! kevinandamanda.com

Whatever you use, divide your delicious saucy sausages into the muffin tin cups.

Smokey Sausage Cups Appetizer. Like Crockpot Little Smokies + Pigs in a Blanket all wrapped up in one PERFECT bite! kevinandamanda.com

And bake to golden brown PUFFECTION for 15 minutes in a 400 degree F oven. Top with chopped parsley and serve!

Smokey Sausage Cups Appetizer. Like Crockpot Little Smokies + Pigs in a Blanket all wrapped up in one PERFECT bite! kevinandamanda.com

These babies will fly off the plate! They’re sweet, spicy, saucy, and served in a puffed to perfection cup. Hope you enjoy!! :)

What’s your favorite must-make party dish or appetizer?

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Smokey Sausage Cups


All-purpose flour, for dusting
1 sheet Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry, thawed
8 oz. smoked sausage or kielbasa, diced (about 1 1/2 cups)
2 tablespoon orange marmalade or your favorite jam
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
Fresh chopped parsley

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Sprinkle the flour on the work surface. Unfold the pastry sheet on the work surface. Roll the pastry sheet into a 10×15-inch rectangle. Cut the pastry sheet into 24 (2 1/2-inch) squares. Press the pastry squares into 24 mini muffin-pan cups.

2. Stir the sausage, marmalade and mustard in a medium bowl. Spoon about 1 tablespoon sausage mixture into each pastry cup.

3. Bake for 15 minutes or until the pastries are golden brown. Sprinkle the pastries with the parsley before serving.

Makes 24 cups. Recipe via Pepperidge Farm.

 

This post is sponsored by Pepperidge Farm as part of the “Puffection” Game Day Entertaining Challenge. All opinions are my own.



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27 Comments



 
 

1
megan @ whatmegansmaking January 29, 2013 at 5:56 am

How fun are these?? Plus, they look so easy! I’m totally into game day food this week and this look like they would totally hit the spot :)

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Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch January 29, 2013 at 7:08 am

Oh my heavens! These look scrumptious, Amanda! And so easy to throw together for a crowd. YUM!

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Anele @ Success Along the Weigh January 29, 2013 at 7:08 am

Uh…YES PLEASE! I’d like to face plant into those babies! There’s so much you could put in those lil cups. I was thinking BBQ beef and cheese sounds good too.

What’s up with Kevin not liking cuties!? I thought everyone liked those. I guess you won’t have to worry about him swiping any. ;-)

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Joyce January 29, 2013 at 7:17 am

Amanda,
I am a fan of puff pastry -such a wonderful ingredient for so many goodies! These look great and are just the right size! Thank you for sharing with us!
New Follower!

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Heather @ Heather's Dish January 29, 2013 at 8:19 am

I’m kind of laughing hysterically over the “PUFFECTION” line :) These look SO good!

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Laura January 29, 2013 at 8:35 am

Perfect quick recipe for Super Bowl Sunday! Thanks for the inspiration!

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Brenda January 29, 2013 at 11:36 am

I love them … easy and flavorful!

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JulieD January 29, 2013 at 1:06 pm

These look so cute and fantastic!! It’s making me hungry for Super Bowl food!!

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Carla @ Carlas Confections January 29, 2013 at 2:18 pm

This looks like such a great appetizer! I cant wait to whip some of these up!

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Emily January 29, 2013 at 2:23 pm

Wow these look amazing! I might just have to make these for Super Bowl party. You have such wonderful recipes on here and great food photography as well, AND I’m also inspired by your weight loss story. I’m so glad I found your blog :)

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Shannon Fralish January 29, 2013 at 3:29 pm

These sound fabulous & I can’t wait to make them! Love the grape jelly substitution, too.

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Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. January 29, 2013 at 8:57 pm

these look so good! Great super bowl idea!

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Jennifer @ Her Southern Charm January 29, 2013 at 9:36 pm

Will definitely be making these! Look yummy! Maybe even if cheese got sprinkled on them….yum!

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Carolyn January 30, 2013 at 5:44 am

Yummy! My kids would love these!

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Sommer@ASpicyPerspective January 30, 2013 at 7:32 am

I’m sure these would be gone in a flash!

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Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies January 30, 2013 at 8:17 am

These are so cute! You can’t go wrong with puff pastry. :)

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Joana January 30, 2013 at 8:25 am

Great idea ! It looks so good… I’ll even try it with some pesto sauce on the pastry squares.

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teresa January 30, 2013 at 10:17 am

oh my goodness, these are so cute and look delicious!

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Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes January 30, 2013 at 12:46 pm

Mmm I bet honey would be delicious in these, too…like you said. Delicious!

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Miss Kitty January 30, 2013 at 1:17 pm

Yes! These look divine! and easy! I like that you used the turkey sausage for those of us wanting to cut a few calories. These would be great for a brunch too.

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TidyMom January 31, 2013 at 7:08 am

i LOVE this Amanda! I might have to make these for Sunday! it’s just us, but I know my family will love them!

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Shaina January 31, 2013 at 11:54 pm

So…I’ll be over for the game on Sunday. These will be out, right?

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Trisha February 2, 2013 at 1:22 pm

Making these for tomorrow – can’t wait! I am going to make them with kielbasa.
Thanks for the recipe.

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Russell van Kraayenburg February 4, 2013 at 11:28 am

How cute are these! I love it.

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Mary February 4, 2013 at 10:20 pm

I ran out and bought the ingredients and LOVED it! Score Amanda!!

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Tasha @ Homemade February 5, 2013 at 1:24 pm

How delicious … wish I found these b4 superbowl but it is NEVER too late for this deliciousness .. I might have to make this for DINNER tonight ;)

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Loria January 4, 2014 at 11:29 am

Love these. I have brought them to parties and people love them, especially the men. Have tried hot pork sausage browned and drained with Apricot marmalade. Can’t keep them on the plate.

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