Simple Sausage Bites

These are the perfect little bites to prepare for a casual gathering or holiday get-together.  They work as an appetizer or as part of a light lunch.  I frequently have them on hand in my freezer, making it easy to throw together a few snacks when guests unexpectedly drop by.  No one can eat just one so be prepared to bake more than expected.  Make sure you have a small selection of mustard's on hand for the perfect dipping partner.

Simple Sausage Bites

1 package mini sausages
1 recipe pizza dough , my favorite recipe is {here}- if using this recipe, half the recipe or freeze the other half for a future pizza

Prepare a cookie sheet.  If you'll be baking them today, put a piece of parchment paper on the cookie sheet.  If you'll be freezing them after they've risen, line the baking sheet with freezer paper or wax paper.

After the dough has been allowed to rise, gently deflate the dough and roll out to just under 1/4 inch.  I work with 1/2 the dough at a time.

Using a pizza cutter or knife, cut the dough into rectangles approximately 2 inches wide and 31/2 inches long.  Place one sausage in the middle of the rectangle, and wrap it up, crossing the dough over itself.  Place on the cookie sheet.  Repeat with all remaining sausages.

Cover the sausage bites with a dish towel, and allow to rise in a warm place for 1 1/2 - 2 hours.  They won't rise dramatically, but they will puff slightly.

*If you are baking now, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Bake the bites for 12-15 minutes, or until lightly browned.  Serve with mustard for dipping.

*If you are freezing them, put the cookie sheet in the freezer for about 1 hour.  Once the sausage bites are frozen solid, remove them from the sheet and place in a freezer-safe container or bag.  Label and freeze up to 45 days.  On baking day, follow the baking instructions and increase the time by 5-10 minutes, depending on how brown you want the bites.


Meg said...

My kids would LOVE these!

Annnightflyer said...

We do these with crescent rolls too.