Before I share this food-based Christmas memory, I wanted to thank all the people who have come up to me over the past few weeks to say you’re enjoying the blog. When I see the numbers of readers, I often wonder who is reading. I appreciate the time you’ve taken to learn a little about life through my eyes from both past and current experiences alike.
We’re heading into the last few days before the special time of year when we slow down and spend time extra with family and friends. Often that means making food and bringing it along to a gathering.
Tomorrow at work we have our annual Christmas lunch potluck. I was late to sign up and as a result I missed the opportunity to make the usual dishes I have prepared over the past few years. This led me on a journey back to the recipe book I mentioned in blog post #4 (Apple Muffins and Feminist Advances).
When I went to the book, I found a treasure from bygone Christmases–Sausage Stars. These are an appetizer I haven’t made for nearly 2 decades, but one which was a crowd pleaser for many years.
I whipped them up tonight for tomorrow. The girls each helped a bit. Later I shared a few with the family at dinner, it was a completely new recipe for them and everyone liked it. For me it was a reminder of times long past through flavour and scent.
Here’s the recipe:
2 cups of cooked crumbled sausage
1 package of shredded Tex Mex cheese
1 cup ranch dressing
1/4 cup sliced green olives, further chopped
1/2 cup chopped red pepper
1 package of wonton wrappers
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Squeeze sausage from casing (or buy sausage meat out of casing), brown in frying pan and blot dry of grease.
Combine cooked sausage, cheese, ranch dressing, green olives, red pepper.
Using muffin tins, press wonton wraps into cups to form star. Either spray lightly with cooking spray, or lightly brush olive oil on each wrapper. Place wonton wrappers in muffin tins in over for 5 mins, or until slightly golden.
Once wonton wrappers are cooled (after a few minutes), place them on a baking sheet, drop the sausage mixture into each wonton wrapper. Place baking sheets in oven and cook for 5 minutes or until mixture is bubbly.
Makes 4-5 dozen.