Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Sausage & Stars Appetizers


If you're looking for an elegant or gourmet appetizer, this isn't the one for you. It is quick, easy, and kid-friendly though! My rating: 4 out of 5.

Sausage & Stars Appetizers

1 lb italian sausage
1 sheet frozen puff pastry
1 egg

1/4 cup apricot jam
2 Tbsp mayonnaise
2 Tbsp dijon mustard

Remove puff pastry from freezer and place it on your countertop so it can thaw.

Remove casing from sausage. Divide sausage into approximately 25 round balls. Flatten balls slightly. Cook on the stove for 2-3 minutes per side. You don't want to cook it all the way through--just get the outside browned.

Break egg into a small bowl and beat with a fork. Brush beaten egg over the top of the puff pastry. Use a small cookie cutter and cut out 25 stars (or a shape of your choosing) from the puff pastry.

Put sausage balls on a cookie sheet. Top each one with a puff pastry star. Put a toothpick through the middle of each one.

Bake at 400 degrees for 15-18 minutes.

Whisk together jam, mayonnaise, and dijon mustard to use as the dipping sauce.

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