Cheesy Sausage Wonton Bites | Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

Want the best appetizer at the party? These easy cheesy sausage wonton bites are so crazy delicious…crispy wontons filled with a savory sausage filling. Yum!

White plate with cheesy sausage wonton bites.

Channeling all the intensely scientific research I’ve done over the years related to food, I can pretty safely bet that of everyone tuning into the big game this weekend, approximately 69.3% of you will only be there for the food.

The question is: have you started thinking about what you’re going to eat while that football is being thrown to and fro? This is a very important matter not to be taken lightly.  

I happen to love finger foods with all my heart. Appetizers and dips and little snacky snacks are my jam and having a whole spread laid out on the table or counter makes my heart filled to bursting with joy. So even though I may not be the biggest football watcher fan person on the planet, you say the words “there’ll be food” and I’m there. 

Mini muffin tin filled with wontons, sausage, cheese and green peppers.

While we usually don’t host or go to big parties on Super Bowl Sunday, I can still appreciate a really, really great appetizer (so delicious it should definitely NOT be saved for football only). And these easy cheesy sausage wonton bites are crazy good. 

My Aunt Marilyn brought them to a family dinner a while back and I’ve made them several times since – always getting requests for the recipe. The flavors are simple but yummy, and they are super easy to make. Plus, anything made mini-sized to pick up and pop right in as you’re casually walking by is a winner in my book. 

The success of this recipe depends on a) using a mini muffin pan (this is my favorite USA brand mini muffin tinaff. link) and b) baking the wonton wrappers alone for just a few minutes before being filled with the delicious cheese + sausage mixture. Doing that will ensure those crispy edges stay crispy! And that’s just what you want.

Assembling cheesy wonton sausage bites in mini muffin tin.

While the wonton wrappers parbake for a minute, cook up the sausage with a bit of chopped green pepper. You’ll be adding a healthy dose of cheese and ranch dressing (or blue cheese – yum!) once it’s cooked, so prepare accordingly. I think it will say a lot about a person whether they choose to go the ranchy route or the blue cheesy route. 

Pack the filling into those little wonton cups and bake again until golden, bubbling, and sizzling. These cheesy sausage wonton bites are delicious warm or at room temperature. And if you are a sausage lover, I seriously dare you to eat just one. The crispy shards of wonton with the cheesy, zesty filling is an amazingly tasty combo.

If you are in the market for some other appetizer inspiration here’s a quick look at some of my other favorite appetizers/snacks. I think the pull-apart pepperoni pizza rolls or homemade pepperoni pizza rolls are pretty much a no-brainer for a party (football or not!), but that could just be the pizza lover in me talking. 

White plate with cheesy sausage wonton bites with bite taken out.

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Yield:
24 mini wonton bites

Prep Time:
15 minutes

Cook Time:
25 minutes

Total Time:
40 minutes

Cheesy Sausage Wonton Bites

Ingredients

  • 24 wonton wrappers
  • 12 to 16 ounces pork or chicken sausage
  • 1/2 cup small diced green bell pepper (about half of a large bell pepper)
  • 1 cup shredded medium or sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 cup ranch or blue cheese dressing

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Press a wonton wrapper into each cup of a mini muffin tin, pressing gently to the bottom and sides. Spray lightly with nonstick cooking spray (optional, but it helps the wrappers brown more in the oven vs staying pale colored). Bake for 6-7 minutes.
  3. While the wrappers parbake, heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat and add the sausage and green pepper. Cook, crumbling the sausage into small pieces, until the sausage is no longer pink and cooked through. Drain the grease very well (so the bottom of the wonton bites aren’t greasy after baking). Stir in the shredded cheese and ranch (or blue cheese) dressing.
  4. Fill the wonton cups evenly with the sausage mixture, pressing to compact the meat mixture just a little into each cup. Bake for 10-15 minutes until the filling is sizzling. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Notes

I think it helps to shred the cheese finely (or use finely grated cheese) – it will fill the wonton cups a little more easily than large-grated cheese. I use the full 16 ounces of sausage and really pack it into the wonton wrappers. If you don’t want them quite as full, use 12 ounces. The flavor of these little bites depends a lot on the kind of dressing you use, so choose a brand that you already love the taste of!

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Recipe Source: adapted slightly from a recipe my Aunt Marilyn gave me (and made for us several times!) that was given to her by her friend, Debbie

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Posted on January 30, 2019 by Mel



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