Italian sausage, herbs, garlic, and a 5 cheese blend. Perfect for Game Day or anytime you want a cheesy, meaty snack. Serve right out of the oven or make ahead and reheat later.
A perfect 2-bite (or 1-bite, I don’t judge) morsel to dunk in your favorite marinara sauce. This recipe makes about 6 dozen! Enough Italian-inspired appetizers for the whole gang.
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These appetizers are a variation of my Cheesy Sage Sausage Balls, which would also be a great Game Day app.
Start with a good quality bulk Italian sausage. You can find it near the bulk breakfast sausage. Look for a brand that is going to be lean and flavorful.
Also, the cheese I used was an Italian 5 cheese blend by Kraft. If your grocery store doesn’t have it, just use mozzarella instead.
The easiest way I’ve found to mix these appetizers is to use the dough hook on my KitchenAid. If you don’t have one they’re easily done by hand.
Start by cutting the sausage into 8-10 chunks. This makes it easier to mix together.
Add the rest of the ingredients and mix them until they’re very well incorporated. Use the dough hook on your stand mixer or really get in there and mush them together with your hands. I warn you, mixing by hand is somewhat messy. But fun.
Bake for 20-25 minutes. Let them cool for a few minutes then dive right in.
Cheesy Italian Sausage Appetizer Bites are best served with your favorite marinara sauce.
Or…you can make them ahead and reheat them later. Instuctions are in the recipe below.