These Italian sausage skewers are the perfect little appetizer. Each toothpick contains a bite-sized piece of sausage, a strip of basil, a kalamata olive, and a mini tomato. The combination of these 4 colorful ingredients makes for a delicious bite, and the flavors work really well together. They are fun and easy to make, and can be prepared a few hours ahead of time, so they are great for a party. I used sun-dried tomato and mozzarella flavored sausage when I made them, which was a huge hit. Enjoy!
Italian Sausage Skewers
- 8 ounces Italian style sausage (I like Aidell’s brand)
- 8 large basil leaves
- 12 pitted kalamata olives, halved
- 24 grape tomatoes
- 24 toothpicks
- Cook the sausage according to the directions on the package. Slice the sausage into bite-sized pieces (I sliced them into ½ inch rounds & then sliced each round in half). Cut the basil leaves lengthwise into thirds.
- Slide a grape tomato onto a toothpick, followed by a kalamata olive. Then add a strip of basil, folding so it fits nicely on the toothpick. Then add a piece of the cooked sausage. Position everything on the end of the toothpick so the toothpick can stand up on its sausage end.
Note: This appetizer can be prepared several hours in advance and stored in the refrigerator.
Serves: 6 (each serving is 4 pieces)
Source: Slightly adapted from The Food You Crave Cookbook, by Ellie Krieger