This is a big week for all the college football fans out there! The season begins! While I’ll admit, I have tried and tried to understand football, it’s just not something that sticks in my brain. So on gamedays, my focus is what to feed those hungry tailgaters. At any given tailgate I’m happy with a couple handfuls of goldfish and an adult beverage of some sort, but it’s also fun to mix it up and bring some unexpected dishes. Over the past weekend I did a presentation at a trade show in Greenville on this very topic. I took three crowd pleasing appetizers with me that aren’t your standard chips and dip, that are easy to make and can all be made ahead of time. Always helpful if you have an early wake up call to get to a tailgate party.
You’re probably wondering why I’m selling you on an appetizer that is made with chicken sausage considering I don’t eat meat, but this was the first thing I ran out of at the trade show. I’ll take that as a sign that they were pretty good. I used pizza dough as the base, but I’m gonna go out on a limb and say they would probably be pretty stellar with crescent rolls as well. When has a crescent roll ever made something taste bad?!;) If you’re gluten free, try a gluten free pizza crust instead such as Udi’s. They come ready made in the frozen food section at the grocery store for easy use.
Chicken Apple Sausage Bites
Makes about 50 bites
- 1 package of ready made pizza dough
- 1 package of chicken sausage (apple and maple flavored is best)
- 2 granny smith apples
- 1 wedge of brie cheese
- about 1/4 cup of flour (optional)
- 1 tbsp of olive oil
- 50 wooden skewers
- small round cookie dough cutter, about an inch in diameter
Roll out the pizza dough on a floured surface to about a quarter inch. Cut out rounds about with the cookie dough cutter. Place on a baking sheet and bake at 350 for about 10-12 minutes until lightly browned.
While the dough rounds are baking, heat up a skillet to medium high heat. Add in the olive oil, allow it to get hot then add in the sausages. Brown on all sides for a total time of about 6-8 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow them to cool.
Cut the apple and the cheese into bite size pieces, no bigger than a quarter so that all the elements are the same size.
When the sausages have cooled, slice them into coins about half an inch thick. Begin building the bites by layering the chicken sausage, apple and brie on a dough round and then putting a skewer through the layers. Repeat until all the ingredients are used up. Refrigerate until ready to eat.
To make these a day ahead, cook the dough rounds and brown and cut the sausage. Store separately in the refrigerator until ready to assemble with the rest of the ingredients. The apple will need to be cut at the last possible moment to prevent it from turning brown. It will also help prevent browning by putting it in the middle as opposed to the top of the skewer.