Friday, May 6, 2011

Sausage and Olive Bites

Here's a perfect little snack to have with those Friday night cocktails...
Sausage & Olive Bites
Whenever we eat at Broder's Pasta Bar these days, we start our meal with an order of olive ripiene, olives stuffed with fennel sausage then breaded and deep fried. Oh, they are a crunchy, salty treat. I had some leftover Italian sausage in the fridge so, I thought I'd try to make my own version.
Sausage & Olive Bites
Instead of stuffing the olives with the sausage, I wrapped mine in it, almost like a Scotch egg with an olive in place of the egg. Then I rolled them in a little panko and baked them. The panko toasted up in the fat of the pork makes for a crisp little bite without the hassle of frying. The flavor of the fennel and pork sausage mixes with briny olive to create a bite goes so wonderfully with your favorite libation.
Sausage & Olive Bites
Sausage and Olive Bites

1 lb bulk Italian sausage
48 green olives with the pimento
1/2 c or so panko

Dry off the olives with a paper towel. Make a little patty with a small bit of the sausage, about 2 inches wide. Put an olive in the middle and wrap the sausage around it. Roll in your hands to make a meatball about 1 inch in size. Roll in panko. Continue until all the sausage and olives are used up. Chill for at least an hour. (My mom thinks you could freeze them & then pull them out when guests stop by though, I have not tested this.)

Preheat oven to 400 F.

Put the bites on a baking sheet with sides. Bake for 20 minutes until the panko is turning golden brown and the sausage is cooked through. Serve hot or warm.

I'm not exactly sure of the yield here. I had a little less than 1/4 pound of sausage and got 10 bites out of it so, I think a whole pound will get about 4 dozen.

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Peter M said...

This is totally new to me and I'm lovin' it!

Jersey Girl Cooks said...

This looks like the perfect salty snack!

Lori said...

What a great idea! My husband would love these!

Alicia Foodycat said...

I used to go to a restaurant that did these - I loved them, but they sort of spiral-cut the olive from the stone, then wrapped it back around the sausage meat. it seemed like far too much hard work to make them myself! The way you have done it is a perfect solution.

Maris (In Good Taste) said...

I adore green olives and will be putting this on my must make list!

Cooking Contests said...

I'm with Maris! Definitely adding these to my list! I've never used panko before. Where's the best place to buy some? Thanks for sharing these!
~Nancy Lewis~

kat said...

Nancy - Most good grocery stores will have panko in the Asian section. You can just use breadcrumbs for this as well, I'm just a panko fan.

vanillasugarblog said...

oh my gosh girl you make the best things! i mean this is totally something i would create and then devour. i love those "tipsy olives". Have you seen them? So frigging good.

Natasha @ Saved by the Egg Timer said...

My son would just die for these! His bday is next wk so I will surprise him and make them :)

grace said...

what a nifty idea! who knew that all you had to do to get me to eat olives was wrap them in sausage... :)

Jenn @leftoverqueen said...

Those look super delicious!

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