Italian Sausage Skewers

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


  1. 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.
  2. 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


2 Responses to “Italian Sausage Skewers”

  1. 1 kristineskitchen August 13, 2010 at 1:13 PM

    Thank you for this simple appetizer idea. Yum!

  1. 1 Top 20 Recipes of 2010 « Cooking with Karen Trackback on December 31, 2010 at 3:37 PM

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