Italian sausage and marinara pastry bites

Nancy F.

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These yummies are as cute as they are delicious. Kids will love these because they're the perfect size for little hands. Oh and they taste good too.

Italian sausage and marinara pastry bites recipe

Not only are these little gems a great size for kids to eat, but they are also perfect for big kids, too. Like me for instance. I'm the first to admit that I have no trouble at all popping these in my mouth. Thank goodness the recipe yields 24 so that there's enough left for others between the time I take them out of the oven and when I put them on serving plates.

Italian sausage and marinara pastry bites recipe

Yields 24

Ingredients:

  • 1 package frozen puff pastry cups (24 count)
  • 2 Italian sausages, cooked whole
  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 3 dashes dried basil leaves
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese (for the marinara sauce)
  • 2 sticks string cheese (single serving size)
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese (for the topping)

Directions:

For the sauce

  1. In a medium-size bowl, add the tomato sauce, garlic powder, dried oregano, dried basil, salt, pepper and Parmesan cheese.
  2. Stir the ingredients together and set aside.

For the pastry bites

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Bake the puff pastry cups according to the directions on the package. Leave the oven on after baking the pastry cups.
  3. Remove the small, round pastry cut-out from the middle of each pastry puff making sure not to remove the bottom layer.
  4. Set the pastry puff cups on a cookie sheet with the open side up.
  5. Spoon marinara sauce into the hole inside each pastry cup.
  6. Cut the sausage into thick slices width wise (6 slices per sausage). Then cut each slice in half.
  7. Insert a piece of sausage in the marinara sauce in the middle of each pastry puff cup.
  8. Peel each stick of string cheese into 12 long, thin pieces.
  9. Gently wrap a piece of string cheese around each piece of sausage.
  10. Bake in a preheated oven just long enough to melt the cheese.
  11. Top with grated Parmesan cheese.
  12. Serve while warm.

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Nancy F.
Nancy is the author of the food blog, Coupon Clipping Cook. She loves to cook and save money on groceries by using coupons and shopping for sales. Nancy worked a number of years in a grocery store where she learned a lot about different types of foods and how to maximize coupon and sale savings. One of her favorite things about working at the grocery store was seeing the combinations of ingredients that customers purchased, and talking to them about the recipes they were making. Nancy enjoys making simple, fun and delicious recipes from items right out of the pantry. You can follow her on Twitter @CouponClippingC. @CouponClippingC