Sunday, November 22, 2009

Sage Sausage Bites with Balsamic Apricot Dip

Recipe courtesy of Rachel Ray

This is a GREAT appetizer!

1 Tbsp EVOO
1/2 onion, chopped
 1 1/4 lbs. Italian sweet sausage meat
3 Tbsp chopped fresh sage, 4 or 5 sprigs, slivered
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 cup apricot all fruit spread or apricot preserves
1/2 cup spicy brown mustard
1 cup Italian bread crumbs

Preheat a small pot over medium heat and the oven to 425 degrees.  To the pot, add oil and onion.  Saute onion for 1 minute.  In a mixing bowl, combine the sausage and chopped sage.  Next, add balsamic vinegar to onion and reduce by half, 1 minute.  Remove vinegar from heat and combine with apricot and mustard.  Stir until mustard is fully incorporated.  Dip will be glossy and brown in color.

Add 2 Tbsp of apricot dip to sausage mix.  Form meat into bite size nuggets, coat in bread crumbs then place on nonstick cookie sheet.  Bake 15-17 minutes, until evenly browned, turning occasionally.  Drain, then serve with party sticks for dipping with remaining balsamic apricot dip.

Recipe will make 20-24 pieces.


bajanuss said...

I just made this again for a holiday party and they were once again an absolute hit!


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