A super easy appetizer for any get together! These Sausage Cups are mini fillo cups loaded with sausage, cheese, and ranch seasoning for a bite that will disappear in no time.
The holidays are a busy time of year. And there always seems to be a party or get together that you are going to or even hosting. So having an easy appetizer recipe, that looks kind of fancy, but is super easy and disappears in no time is a huge plus.
These little sausage cups are super easy to make, and they are really good year round. Plus you can mix in other ingredients to change it up and make them different each time. Want a little bit of a twist, check out these Cheesy Sausage Wonton Cups for a similar option.
Why You’ll Love These Sausage Cups
- Easy – all it takes is 5 ingredients for these little bites. If you can brown sausage, you can make these. Super simple, just a few minutes to cook the sausage and then you are almost ready to fill the cups.
- Make Ahead – these are great for a party because you can do almost all of the work ahead of time! The filling can be made in advance, so all you have to do is bake them right before you want to serve.
- Customizable – there are lots of ways to mix up the flavor of these and make them slightly different each time. See below for all sorts of mix-in ideas to never get bored.
What You’ll Need
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- Fillo Cups – you can find these in the frozen section near the whipped topping and puff pastry in the grocery store.
- Breakfast Sausage
- Mozzarella Cheese
- Sour Cream
- Ranch Dressing Mix
Make your own Ranch Dressing Mix at home and know exactly what is in it! Plus you can have it on hand at all times.
How To Make Sausage Cups
- Brown Sausage. In a large skillet over medium high heat brown the sausage. Break it apart and cook for 7-8 minutes, until it is cooked through. Drain away the grease.
- Make Filling. In a mixing bowl combine the cooked sausage, shredded cheese, sour cream, and ranch dressing mix. Mix until everything is evenly combined.
- Fill Cups. Scoop some of the filling into each of the little fillo cups. You will want to mound it up a little bit, as it shrinks down as the cheese melts.
- Bake. Place in the oven and bake until they are golden brown and the cheese is melted. Remove from the oven and serve.
Can I Make Ahead
One of the best thing about these sausage cups is the ability to do most of the work ahead of time. You can mix up the filling (cook the sausage and mix everything together) the day before. Just cover and store in the fridge.
When you are ready to make them, just take the pastry cups out of the freezer, fill them and bake. You want to make the shells from frozen, or the fall apart a little and aren’t as crispy.
Recipe Variations & Mix-Ins
- Chopped Bell Peppers – I like to cook them a little with the sausage and then mix in the rest of the ingredients like called for in the recipe.
- Chopped Spinach – this doesn’t add a ton of flavor, but gets more veggies in and adds more color to the dish.
- Mushrooms – I love sausage and mushrooms together, and they make a great addition to these cups. Sauté them with the sausage before filling the cups.
- Diced Tomatoes – Give these a twist, by adding a can of rotel tomatoes.
- Jalapeno – want it spicy, adding a little chopped jalapeno will pair well and bump up the flavor.
You can find these pastry cups in the freezer section at most grocery stores. They are sometimes called pastry cups, or sometimes fillo cups. They are sold near the puff pastry and phyllo dough. I will be honest, the cups are a little pricey, so here are a couple alternatives that would make for a great cup.
- Wonton Wrappers – place them in a mini muffin tin, spray with a little oil and bake at 375º F until they are crispy.
- Crescent Dough – a roll of Pillsbury crescent dough works great as well. You can cut into squares, place in a mini muffin tin and then fill with the sausage mixture. Bake everything at once, you do not want to bake the dough ahead of time with this method.
- Puff Pastry – follow the same method as the crescent dough, make sure not to bake them before you fill with the sausage mixture.
More Tasty Appetizer Recipes
- Crab Rangoon Dip
- Bacon Wrapped Smokies
- Ham and Cheese Roll Ups
- Crab Puffs
- Avocado Bruschetta
- 1 pound breakfast sausage
- 1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 oz package ranch dressing mix
- 30 mini fillo cups, frozen
- Preheat the oven to 350º F.
- In a large skillet brown the sausage, breaking apart until it is fully cooked. Drain away any extra grease.
- In a bowl mix together cooked sausage, cheese, sour cream and ranch seasoning mix. Stir until everything is well combined.
- Arrange frozen fillo cups on a baking sheet (you can use a mini muffin tin if they won't stand up)
- Generously fill each cup with the sausage mixture.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes until the cups are golden and the sausage mixture is hot and melted.
- Remove from the oven and serve.
Amount Per Serving Calories 151Total Fat 12gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 39mgSodium 436mgCarbohydrates 3gFiber 0gSugar 1gProtein 8g
Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on dinnersdishesanddesserts.com should only be used as a general guideline.
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