Citrus Sausage Cups are an easy appetizer using smoky andouille sausage, orange zest, sweet onion and fresh thyme in a puff pastry cup.
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They only take 7 ingredients and 15 minutes of prep. Making these Citrus Sausage Cups the perfect holiday appetizer!
The holidays are coming again and with them, loads of parties. I tire of bringing the same old thing, I mean how many cocktail meatballs and spinach dips can you eat?
Don’t get me wrong, I love both, but there is nothing worse than setting your dish down and being the 3rd of the same kind.
I prefer to bring small bite, single size serving items and so anything I can fit into a mini muffin tin works perfectly. They typically don’t require utensils and look pretty.
This year it was a play on a recipe I had long ago using kielbasa and orange marmalade, instead I used smoky andouille sausage and fresh orange. What seems like an unlikely combination actually complement each other perfectly.
And what herb fits perfectly? Thyme, of course! Stuff it all in a pastry puff shell and you have Citrus Sausage Cups! A unique, but easy appetizer for a party.
I was messing around with this recipe while my husband and his buddies were watching football in the other room. I made the first batch, but needed to amp up the citrus.
The second batch was gone in less than 5 minutes. I kid you not, I left them with 12 cups and came back just grabbing napkins and they were GONE.
They all just sat there with silly grins on their face.
Puff Pastry Appetizers
Puff pastry sheets are one of those things I always have in my freezer. Any old mundane ingredient turns into a work of culinary hopitication when wrapped in puff pastry.
Do look for puff pastry that has an all butter base versus shortening. I feel like the ones with shortening have a funny aftertaste, but maybe it’s just me.
What You’ll Need:
Mini Cupcake Tin – In order to get these cute little cups, little tartlets, if you will, you’ll need a mini muffin tin. There really isn’t a good substitute except a full size muffin tin.
Wood cutting board – wood won’t dull your knives like plastic and if treated properly, has natural antimicrobial properties.
Mixing Bowls– You gotta have them and I love these nesting glass bowls with lids.
Good knife – Global is my favorite! They are worth the price, I promise. I am kind of obsessed with them and store them tucked away so no one else can use them. Including hubby. Hands off my good stuff!
More recipes that use andouille sausage:
More recipes that use Puff Pastry:
Citrus Sausage Cups
- 2 sheets puff pastry defrosted, one box
- 8 ounces andouille sausage links fully cooked, diced into bite-size pieces
- 1/2 sweet onion minced
- Zest of one orange
- 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 2 tablespoons thyme finely chopped, divided
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Coat 2 mini muffin tins with cooking spray.
- Carefully unfold each puff pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface.
- Cut each sheet into 12 equal squares. Press each square into the tins of 2 mini muffin pans.
- In a medium bowl, mix sausage through sea salt and 1 tablespoon minced thyme. Allow to sit for 5 minutes.
- Spoon sausage into each cup, filling to the brim.
- Bake for 15-17 minutes or until edges or golden brown.
- Remove and sprinkle with fresh remaining minced thyme. Serve hot and enjoy your Citrus Sausage Tartlets!
- If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was!
Thanks for this recipe! These were really good. I used mango-jalapeño sausage, but I do think andouille would be even yummier.
Mango jalapeno sounds great, too! Thanks for stopping back to let us know!
I bet these are delicious! Thanks for sharing at Saturday Dishes! Pinning.
What a fantastic recipe! We thoroughly enjoyed it!
Great photos Jessica. This is a great combination of flavors.
Great appetizer! Looks simple and elegant!
Thanks so much, Sandra!
Saw your link at Kitchen Dreamiings “Kitchen Social” 🙂 This looks great !!
Welcome Diane! I’ll be sure to come check you out!
G’day! love the combination! GREAT photos!
Thanks Joanne! Coming from you that is a fabulous compliment!
These look delicious. I’d love to give them a try.
Thank you, Angel!
haha sounds like something my husband would do lol. Love the Citrus and Sausage together!
It is a really fun flavor combination- no one expects to taste orange. He also came home with 4 boxes of INSTANT mashed potatoes.
What an interesting combination of flavors. I’m intrigued. Will have to try this : ))
You will LOVE it. Promise!!!