Party Appetizer Recipe: Italian Sausage Bites

by Pamela

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Okay, raise your hand if you like yourself a hot and juicy Italian sausage (and yes, double entendre fully intended).  If food can be sexy, this innocent looking dough pocket and rich red tomato sauce combo is a sex kitten.  It’s not the smoldering hot, dark hair, muscular olive tone skin obvious sexy beast.  You know how they say you need to look out for the innocent looking one’s?  The girls with the freckles and innocent looking smiles – those are the girls that are fire in the bed.  Well, these little party appetizers are the food equivalent.

What do homemade pop tarts and cheesy brat bites have in common?  They were the inspiration for this party appetizer recipe: Italian Sausage Bites.  The dough recipe used in all of these recipes is the perfect companion to whatever filling you choose to put inside of these little pockets.  So I started thinking about what other yummy party foods I could make and my brain started churning out ideas for appetizers…hot appetizers.  Actually, I wanted something that could be served hot or at room temperature so that this party appetizer recipe could be portable.  I’m prone to keeping boxes of goodies from Trader Joe’s in the freezer, but lately I haven’t been finding anything that looks good, plus we get bored with the same things over and over again.  So I thought it would be great to have some of my own appetizer recipes that I could make up ahead of time and freeze to have on hand for get togethers or to take when going to someone’s home.

I’ve already served this appetizer recipe twice, to very good reviews.  The first batch was served as hot appetizers; straight out of the oven with the tomato dipping sauce also warm.  Of course, the filling is very hot (when served this way) but everyone was oohing and aaaahing with every bite.  The second time I served these was after they had been in the freezer for a little over a month.  I popped them in the oven (for about 5 minutes longer then when cooking them fresh) and brought them out to cool.  I served both the sausage bites and dipping sauce at room temperature.  You gotta love versatile party appetizers!


I wouldn’t classify this as an easy appetizer recipe, but it’s not difficult…it just takes a little bit of time.  This recipe offers several perks:  it’s delicious (so make plenty), the variations are seemingly endless (sweet and savory) and you can make these ahead of time and freeze them so you’re always ready for impromptu guests.  With all of the summer parties coming up, having these Italian sausage bites already made, and in the freezer, are an absolute gift (to yourself).  With these in the freezer, you’ll have plenty of time to make up your other party appetizers and drinks.  And you’ll probably still have some time to put your feet up and have a drink before your guests arrive.  Plus, people will think you were up all night cooking.

Don’t think of these as special occasion party appetizers.  Yes, they’re fancier than a bowl of pretzels or chips, but this appetizer recipe is just as comfortable surrounded by sand and volleyball nets as it is with champagne and high heels.

Relationship Advice

How do your lady bits measure up?

It’s not just the men who are breaking out the rulers.  Okay, so women aren’t breaking out the rulers, but they are breaking out magazines and making sure that their feet are adorned with Louboutins and their lady bits are adorned with the same stylish perfection.

Hair: I’ve already covered the hair (or pulled out the hair) before.  Your options here include: shave, wax or laser.  Yes, you can have your own reenactment of Star Wars as a laser is shot at your tenderest of areas.  May the force be with you on that decision.

Decorations: I’m happy that this trend didn’t catch on as much as the whale tail did a few years ago.  But Jennifer Love Hewitt tried with all of her  might to get other women to follow in her footsteps by emblazoning her bald lady bits with sparkly crystals.  There are even kits that include patterns and crystals for you do-it-yourselfers.  Of course making your partner’s nether regions bleed from crystal road rash isn’t exactly sexy.  Of course you can just go old school and get a piercing down there.

More Hair: Don’t want to go with the pre-pubescent look?  Rebellious side coming out?  Leave the hair and dye it.  For the Martha Stewart in you, match the curtains and the rug.  Or get a little crazy and turn your hair neon blue.  Just be aware that if you look down while your partner is there it may look like an alien landing.

Plastic Surgery: Your boobs and belly flab aren’t the only thing you can improve with a surgeon’s knife.  Things feeling a little loose down there?  There’s vaginal rejuvenation to tighten you back up like a brand new virgin.  Or you were blessed with big lips, but not the one’s on your face?  Why not have a labiaplasty to tuck everything out of sight?

Vagacial: Yes, it’s what you think it is: a facial for your vagina.  Your lady bits get exfoliated, scrubbed, pores get evacuated, ingrown hairs plucked and a peel if you like.  I suppose after all of that primping you could apply a smooth layer of foundation and dress up your hoo hoo with flawless makeup instead of crystals.

Vaginal Steam: If all that scrubbing and plucking doesn’t sound right for you there’s the more gentle steam treatment.  Squatting over a steaming mixture of mugwort tea, wormwood and other herbs your lady parts become stress free, are better able to fight infection, clear hemorrhoids and help regulate your period.

So what do you think?  Are you going to run out and get your sparkle on or do you feel like making an appointment to pamper your lady bits with a vagacial?

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baobabs May 5, 2011 at 1:42 am

this looks greeeeeat!!! lol at sexual inneundos!

Andrea @ Fork Fingers Chopsticks May 3, 2011 at 7:14 pm

I’m always on the lookout for a great empanada-like appetizer that’s not fried. These are gorgeous! I’d like to make these soon and maybe this weekend but how much time would I need to allow if making all in the same day? What are the red flecks on the pastry dough (the ingredient list didn’t appear to include tomatoes/sundried)?

Pamela May 3, 2011 at 9:01 pm

Hi Andrea, the reddish flecks are from the Parmesan cheese in the dough. They get a pretty deep golden brown color when they’re baked. They roll out pretty quickly. Prep time is about 90 minutes (if you chill the dough for an hour and let it rest for 30 minutes before rolling – you can make the filling while the dough chills). It takes about 30-45 minutes to roll out and fill all of the dough rounds.

If you’re going to freeze some…brush with the egg wash and freeze them on a sheet pan. Once frozen, toss them into a zip top freezer bag and toss in the freezer.

Brian May 3, 2011 at 6:48 pm

There’s only one sausage in my life… my man’s.

Pamela May 3, 2011 at 9:02 pm


Diane{Created by Diane} May 3, 2011 at 5:51 pm

These look delicious!

marla May 3, 2011 at 10:33 am

What? A gift for myself? I would love to have these sausage bites at the ready! Great recipe. :)

Alexis May 3, 2011 at 7:27 am

Your relationship advice kills me!! Thanks for the morning laugh. Vagacial was a new one to me! Hope all is well.

Jennifer May 2, 2011 at 7:22 pm

These appetizers look delicious. I love pockets filled with anything.

As for my girly parts, I didn’t know I could get a facial for down there or a steam. What a cool idea. Thanks for the tips, now I just have to find a place that does that.

Feast on the Cheap May 2, 2011 at 3:10 pm

That tomato dipping sauce looks like it’s almost worth a post of its own, yum!

Pamela May 2, 2011 at 4:45 pm

Agreed, it’s pretty good smeared on top of goat cheese and toasted bread. :)

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