I came up with Italian Sausage Bites as an appetizer after our family made 200 pounds of sausage last weekend. Italian Sausage Bites is a simple appetizer that features the homemade sausage, marinara sauce, and fresh mozzarella.
Italian Sausage Bites
(Mark Kelly, 2014)
Makes 20 – 25 Appetizer Servings
i large crusty baguette
1 28 oz. jar of prepared marinara sauce at room temperature
4 Italian 6 – 8 inch-long sausages, grilled
8 ounces fresh mozzarella
Allow the grilled sausages to cool to room temperature. Cut the sausage on a bias.
Preheat oven to 375F.
Cut the baguette on a bias into 3/4-inch-thick slices. Place the bread slices on a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet and bake for 7 minutes. Turn each piece of bread over and bake for another 4 minutes. The bread will be firm and crusty but not overly firm. Allow to cool.
To prepare the appetizer arrange the bread slices on a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet. Spoon a thin layer of marinara onto each slice. Place a piece of sausage on each bread slice. Top each piece of sausage with another thin layer of marinara. Top the marinara with a small piece of mozzarella.
Broil the appetizer until the mozzarella bubbles and begins to brown taking care not to burn the bread. Reset the oven to 325F. Lower the baking sheet to the lowest rack and bake for another 8 to 10 minutes to warm them through.
Serve with the remaining marinara in bowl along side for dipping.