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Sweet-Sour Sausage Bites

"As a pastor's wife, I frequently entertain church groups in my home, so I'm always looking for new recipes," says Maretta Bullock of McNeil, Arkansas. "These quick and easy appetizers are not only delicious, they're colorful, too. I've made them many times."
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    4 cups


  • 1/2 pound smoked sausage, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1 can (20 ounces) pineapple chunks
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 1 large green pepper, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup maraschino cherries


  • In a large skillet, saute the sausage for 3-5 minutes or until lightly browned. Drain on paper towels; set aside. Drain pineapple, reserving juice; set the pineapple aside.
  • In a large skillet, combine the cornstarch, salt and reserved pineapple juice until smooth. Stir in the syrup, water and vinegar. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2-3 minutes or until thickened. Add the sausage, green pepper, cherries and pineapple. Simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes or until peppers are crisp-tender. Transfer to a shallow serving dish. Serve with toothpicks.

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  • twooftwo
    Nov 22, 2009

    I made these last year for our annual Christmas party. They are very good. And easy to make. I keep mine warm in a crockpot. Someone suggested serving them over rice as a easy dinner.

  • twooftwo
    Dec 26, 2008

    Made this recipe for a Christmas party. Delicious! Liked the festive colors that the green pepper and cherries provide. Adding to my Christmas recipe favorites.