Ranchero Sausage Stars Recipe

Ranchero Sausage Stars Recipe
Staff Writer
Ranchero sausage stars
Gwen McKee
Ranchero sausage stars

A fun and tasty treat that takes minutes to prepare. Don’t hesitate to buy wonton wrappers; they’re much easier to work with than puff pastry, and visually appealing, too.

Adapted from “Fast & Fabulous Party Foods and Appetizers” by Gwen McKee and Barbara Moseley. 

Ingredients

  • 1 pound bulk sausage
  • 3 cups grated Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 cup Hidden Valley Ranch Original Salad Dressing Mix, prepared as instructed on package (you can also use bottled salad dressing)
  • One 2 ¼-ounce can sliced black olives
  • ½ cup chopped red bell pepper
  • Butter or oil, for greasing tins and brushing wrappers
  • 1 package fresh or frozen wonton wrappers

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large sauté pan, brown the sausage. Remove the meat and let it drain on a paper towel-lined tray. In a bowl, combine the cheese, dressing mix, olives, and red pepper. Add the meat and combine well.

Lightly grease a mini muffin pan and press a wrapper into each well. Brush the wrapper with oil and bake for 5 minutes, or until golden. Remove from tins and place on a baking sheet. Fill each cup with sausage mixture. Bake for 5 minutes, or until bubbly.

Sausage Shopping Tip

Try to use fresh sausage whenever you can; they are full of flavor and don't have the high level of preservatives and nitrates that packaged sausage has.

Sausage Cooking Tip

Fresh sausage should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160 degrees.

Sausage Wine Pairing

Pinot noir, gamay, merlot, zinfandel, carménère, pinotage, or grenache with grilled, roasted, or other simply cooked chicken; chardonnay, pinot gris/grigio, pinot blanc, or chenin blanc with chicken in cream or light tomato sauce or with chicken crêpes or croquettes; sauvignon blanc or sémillon with fried chicken; viognier with spiced chicken dishes.