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- Why this recipe works.
- Everything you’ll need to make this recipe.
- Here’s how to make this recipe.
- These pro tips will make this recipe a success.
- Frequently asked questions about this recipe.
- You'll love these other appetizer recipes.
- Watch how to make this recipe.
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- Puff Pastry Sausage Bites Recipe
A savory appetizer for any situation, these puff pastry sausage bites are a delicious offering for a gathering or any weeknight meal. Light puff pastry combines with tender sausage to provide an incredible pocket of flavor. Add in a rich mustard and mayonnaise sauce, and these bites will become a popular dish for everyone!
Why this recipe works.
For years, an appetizer meant laborious work and time-consuming recipes to create small, perfect bites. The bites may be delicious but end up leaving the host tired. This recipe is designed to create the same perfect bite with minimal effort. Utilizing store-purchased puff pastry makes these ready to assemble in minutes. The sausage bakes inside the pastry wrapping for a flaky exterior that becomes golden brown in 20 minutes. Assemble these the morning of the party, store them in the refrigerator, and bake them as guests arrive. Party ready in minutes, and they may disappear even quicker.
Everything you’ll need to make this recipe.
- Sausage is used for maximum flavor without needing to add many spices. Use a good Italian sausage.
- Breadcrumbs help keep the sausage from shrinking in the oven so it fills in the space needed.
- Puff pastry can take hours to make at home, but the store-bought varieties are just as good without any extra work.
- Sesame seeds give a bit of texture and color to the top of the bites.
- Whole-grain mustard adds a visual texture and small pops of flavor as you bite into the seeds. It’s a great way to add a subtle mustard flavor without overpowering.
Here’s how to make this recipe.
- Prepare the sausage. In a large bowl, add an egg and whisk, breaking it up. Add in the sausage. Grate an onion and press the garlic into the bowl. Add in the breadcrumbs. Using your hands, mix everything together.
- Prepare the puff pastry. Open the puff pastry on a lightly floured surface. Gently smooth out the creases using a rolling pin. Cut it in half lengthwise, forming two long strips. Split the sausage mixture in two, placing half on each strip. Form the sausage into an even log down the center of the pastry dough. Beat an egg in a small bowl. Brush the egg wash into a thin line lengthwise along one edge of each pastry. Take the edge without the egg wash and roll over the sausage. Roll so the egg-washed edge overlaps the other side. Gently roll the log to adhere the seam. Cut the roll into equal bite-sized pieces, placing them onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Top the bites. Using the egg wash, brush the egg on the tops and sides of each bite. If desired, sprinkle sesame seeds on top.
- Bake the bites. Place the pan into the preheated 400°F oven for 20 to 25 minutes. Ensure the sausage reaches an internal temperature of 160°F.
- Create the sauce. In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, whole grain mustard, honey, pepper, and press in a garlic clove. Mix together, then add salt to taste.
These pro tips will make this recipe a success.
- The sausage should be evenly mixed. This way, the flavors from the components can be distributed consistently throughout. There will be a small amount of sausage in each pastry, so there should not be pockets of ingredients that get isolated.
- Take the puff pastry out of the freezer to let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight. This gets it to the proper texture needed for manipulating the dough.
- When preparing the puff pastry, ensure it stays cold. If it begins to get tacky, place it back in the refrigerator to chill slightly.
- When cutting the rolls into bites visually, cut the strip in half, then half again, and so on. This allows you to get even sizes rather than trying to cut evenly from one end to another, potentially ending with one that is too long or short.
Frequently asked questions about this recipe.
Italian sausage will have the spices and seasonings already added. Choose sweet, mild, or hot, depending on personal preference.
Yes, the bites can be assembled 12 to 24 hours in advance. If not baking right away, store the prepared bites covered in the refrigerator.
No, the puff pastry cooks at the same time the sausage browns and will become flaky golden brown.
These are a delicious appetizer that works weel with other various dips, charcuterie, or other small bites. They are also good served as a side with a bowl of soup.
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Puff Pastry Sausage Bites
For the sausage bites
- ½ lb sausage
- 2 large eggs separated
- 2 tbsp grated onion
- 1 clove garlic minced
- ¼ cup dry breadcrumbs
- 1 sheet puff pastry thawed in the refrigerator overnight
For the sauce
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 3 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 1 tbsp whole-grain mustard
- 2 tsp honey
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- 1 clove garlic minced
- kosher salt to taste
For the sausage bites
- Preheat the oven to 400℉. On a lightly floured surface, roll the pastry just enough to smooth the seams. Cut the pastry in half, ending with two long rectangles of pastry.1 sheet puff pastry
- In a small bowl, combine the sausage, one beaten egg, grated onion, minced garlic, and breadcrumbs. Mix together well, incorporating all of the ingredients. Divide the sausage mixture into two. Place each half of the sausage on a piece of the prepared pastry and shape it into a long, thin log about 1 inch wide and tall.½ lb sausage, 2 large eggs, 2 tbsp grated onion, 1 clove garlic, ¼ cup dry breadcrumbs
- Beat the remaining egg and brush one long side of each pastry lightly with the egg. Roll the pastry over the sausage and overlapping the egg-washed portion to create a seal. Roll each log over, leaving the sealed edge on the bottom.2 large eggs
- Cut each log into 8 pieces, resulting in 16 bites. Place the bites onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Brush the bites with the beaten egg and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake in the preheated 400°F oven until the pastry is puffed and golden brown and the sausage registers 160℉, 20-25 minutes. Serve immediately with the mustard sauce.2 large eggs
For the sauce
- In a bowl, combine the mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, whole-grain mustard, honey, black pepper, and garlic. Stir to combine and taste for seasoning. Add kosher salt as needed. Store the sauce in the refrigerator.½ cup mayonnaise, 3 tbsp Dijon mustard, 1 tbsp whole-grain mustard, 2 tsp honey, ¼ tsp black pepper, 1 clove garlic, kosher salt to taste