Cheese and Sausage Appetizers Recipe
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Cheese and Sausage Appetizers Recipe

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I got this recipe from a home economics instructor when I was teaching in Oklahoma. I think it represents the Southwest because of its spicy flavor. It can be used as an appetizer before a Mexican meal or served as a snack.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES:22 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES: 22 servings


  • 16 ounces (4 cups) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black or cayenne pepper
  • 8 ounces pork sausage, cooked and drained

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (3 each) equals 208 calories, 16 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 48 mg cholesterol, 304 mg sodium, 10 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 6 g protein.


  1. In large bowl, beat the cheese, butter, flour, salt and pepper on medium-low speed. Stir in cooked sausage. Form dough into 1-in. balls; place on ungreased baking sheet.
  2. Bake at 400° for 15-20 minutes or until light golden brown. Serve warm or cold. Store in refrigerator or freezer. Yield: about 5-1/2 dozen appetizers.
Originally published as Cheese and Sausage Appetizers in Country February/March 1991, p49

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Reviewed Mar. 1, 2015

"I cut out most of the butter -added a couple of teaspoons and added a little more sausage - this seemed to take care of the greasy effect. Love these"

Reviewed Jan. 23, 2015

"Served at a holiday party and they were enjoyed by all. You can make a dipping sauce for them, also. They do need to be served and eaten while hot, because they can get a little greasy when cool."

Reviewed Jun. 24, 2014

"VERY good appetizers! A little greasy, but they taste so delicious. They get cold quickly, so meant to be eaten immediately with no leftovers."

Reviewed Dec. 29, 2012

"This is one of my regular staples for the the holidays, they always disappear from the plate by evenings end."

Reviewed Dec. 13, 2011

"I made these for a gathering and everyone loved them. I brought them in to work and have had several people ask for the recipe. I think I'll try it with turkey sausage next time. I am also considering using mini muffin pans to help keep their shape."

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