Party Pleasers: Sausage Bites With Pine Nuts

Ah, the summer is here.  Picnic and party time.  Also hot as you know what.  That incredible laziness sets in before you even open your eyes in the morning.  Cooking sessions become shorter, farther apart, and I don’t know about you, but my creativity in this heat all boils down (ha ha, no pun intended, but totally fitting) to whether to sprinkle fresh herbs on top of my plate of boring dinner or not.

Sausage Bites With Pine Nuts -- seeds for spinkling Sausage Bites With Pine Nuts fresh out of the oven

So while I am in the lazy mode, might as well take advantage and put together a few incredibly simple and energy efficient (read, good for lazies) numbers, where labor-to-spectacularity ratio is extremely favorable.

Sausage Bites With Pine Nuts -- adding parmesan

Here is one — sausage bites.  I know everyone knows sausage rolls, and these bites are a cute spin on those. I added sautéed shallots and garlic, a few dry herbs, dill and pine nuts. You may choose to forego the whole fancyshmanciness, and go straight for the meat-and-dough — it really depends on how lazy you feel today. The question is, can you afford not to make these?  As soon as you put them on the table, they go like mad.

Sausage Bites With Pine Nuts -- you can freeze them at this stage

Today I was in serious danger of not making it to the table at all — my party members attacked the basket filled with freshly baked bites as soon as I walked in the door with it, all this, mind you, after 20 minutes of warding off my husband, who, in his incredible thoroughness, felt compelled to test more than a few on the way to the party.  Oh, the suffering I endure for good food sometimes…

Sausage Bites With Pine Nuts -- cutting the stuffed dough

Sausage Bites With Pine Nuts -- ready to bake

Sausage Bites With Pine Nuts

Adapted from The Complete Book of Party Food and Appetizers by Bridget Jones.
Yields about 4 dozen bites.

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 medium onion or 3 medium shallots, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 package (14 oz) mild or hot Italian sausage
  • 1 tsp dry thyme
  • 1 tsp dry basil
  • 2-3 tbsp fresh chopped dill
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 sheet of frozen puff pastry, thawed according to instructions
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan (optional)
  • 1 egg for glazing, whisked with a small pinch of salt and 1 tbsp water until smooth
  • sesame seeds, caraway seeds, dill seeds, fennel seeds for decorating
  1. In a skillet, melt butter over medium heat
  2. Add minced garlic and onion, and saute for 5-6 minutes, until fragrant and translucent. Let cool until manageable
  3. Mix sausage, onion+garlic, thyme, basil, fresh dill, salt and pine nuts in a bowl, until uniform and smooth.
  4. Roll out the puff pastry out on a lightly floured surface into 4 strips 3 inches wide and about 12 inches long.
  5. Arrange sausage stuffing into a 1″ inch roll in the middle of the strip, taking care to reach all the way to the edge on short end of the strip.
  6. Sprinkle a portion of parmesan on top of the sausage stuffing
  7. Spread some egg wash along one of the long edges of the dough.
  8. Carefully fold the dough over the sausage stuffing, closing the seem.
  9. Roll the sausage filled dough pipe on the board a little bit to ensure uniform thickness and to seal the seam.
  10. Proceed with the remaining dough and stuffing.
  11. When all pipes are ready, spread the egg wash all over them, and sprinkle the seeds of your choosing on top.
  12. Preheat the oven to 425F.
  13. Cut each pipe into 12 1″ bites.
  14. Arrange the bites on a baking sheet 1″ apart.
  15. Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden and crisp.  Serve warm

Make ahead: you can prep the sausage bites up to step 10, and freeze until needed. Thaw them for about 1 hour before proceeding with the remaining steps.

Sausage Bites With Pine Nuts -- ready to bake

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Categories: Appetizers, Baking, Batch Cooking, Cravables, Lunch, Party Food, Quick & Simple

Author:Eat Already!

I am a cooking and writing addict born and raised in a cosmopolitan city on the Black Sea coast. Currently my interests include, but not limited to gardening, traditional nutrition, raw milk, fermentation techniques, books by Sitchin, Weston A. Price ideas, artisan bread making, anything handcraft, and many other, quite random, things. I believe in making things from scratch, in unpretentious dishes, visually un-altered food esthetics. I believe in reporting on daily cooking endeavors, not just on special occasion dishes. I believe everyone should learn how to cook at home because it's a great way to connect with your loved ones without saying too much, with your heritage without becoming an archivist, and with the world without learning languages...

2 Comments on “Party Pleasers: Sausage Bites With Pine Nuts”

  1. December 21, 2013 at 2:26 pm #

    I made these for a party this summer, they turned out awesome! I’m getting ready to make them again for Christmas Eve!


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