Italian sausage and marinara pastry bites
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
- 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)
For the sauce
- In a medium-size bowl, add the tomato sauce, garlic powder, dried oregano, dried basil, salt, pepper and Parmesan cheese.
- Stir the ingredients together and set aside.
For the pastry bites
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Bake the puff pastry cups according to the directions on the package. Leave the oven on after baking the pastry cups.
- Remove the small, round pastry cut-out from the middle of each pastry puff making sure not to remove the bottom layer.
- Set the pastry puff cups on a cookie sheet with the open side up.
- Spoon marinara sauce into the hole inside each pastry cup.
- Cut the sausage into thick slices width wise (6 slices per sausage). Then cut each slice in half.
- Insert a piece of sausage in the marinara sauce in the middle of each pastry puff cup.
- Peel each stick of string cheese into 12 long, thin pieces.
- Gently wrap a piece of string cheese around each piece of sausage.
- Bake in a preheated oven just long enough to melt the cheese.
- Top with grated Parmesan cheese.
- Serve while warm.