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Cocktail Sausage Recipes for Parties

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Cocktail sausage mini tacos and dip selection

Cocktail sausage mini tacos and dip selection

What are Cocktail Sausages?

Cocktail sausages are a popular hors d'oeuvre at parties, whether they be children's birthday parties or informal adult cocktail parties. They are tasty, easy to cook and go very well with a great many other food ingredients. All too often, however, cocktail sausages are served alone on a stick, affording a pretty forlorn presentation. While it could be argued that anything more negates the simplicity of serving cocktail sausages as part of your buffet, enhancing both their taste and their appearance need not be diffictult or time consuimg.

This page is devoted to supplying a few ideas for how cocktail sausages can be taken to whole new levels and impress the guests enjoying the hors d'oeuvres at your next party or gathering. The quantities used in these recipes are for illustration purposes only and naturally you may need to multiply them several times if preparing the ideas for a medium to large party.

Choosing Cocktail Sausages

The type of cocktail sausages to which you have access will of course depend upon your geographical location. The recipes on this page are all made with the charmingly named Wee Willie Winkie sausages seen immediately above. While aimed at children, the sausages are perfect for any occasion where a party buffet is being planned and prepared and are fairly inexpensive. A pack of 20 in this instance cost £1.00 (circa US$1.50).

These small sausages are skinless and about an inch and a half in length. Try to get similar sausages for best effect.

Tips for Cooking Skinless Sausages

A common problem with cooking skinless cocktail sausages is that they are often found to stick to the frying pan. The good news is that this is wholly avoidable.

  1. Pour a couple of tablespoons of cooking oil in to a non-stick frying pan. Put the pan on at the lowest possible heat on your stove.
  2. Add the sausages to the pan, ensuring you don't add too many. Keep the heat as low as possible.
  3. Shake the pan gently every couple of minutes. If any sausages are found to be starting to stick, simply gently ease them free with a spatula.
  4. The sausages take about twelve to fifteen minutes to cook in this way. When they are done, lift them from the pan to a plate covered with kitchen paper and let them drain off for a minute or so.

How to Make Cocktail Sausages on a Stick More Interesting

The easiest way of all to spruce up your ready to serve cocktail sausages on sticks is to serve them with a dip or choice of dips. The dip which can be seen in the photo sequence above consisted simply of two tablespoons of soured cream, one large garlic clove (peeled and grated) and one teaspoon of freshly chopped chives. The ingredients were simply stirred together in a bowl before being spooned in to a serving ramekin which was then plated with the sausages on cocktail sticks.

Cocktail Sausages and Bacon with Egg Dip

Cocktail sausages are wrapped in bacon and served with an egg mayo dip

Cocktail sausages are wrapped in bacon and served with an egg mayo dip

Sausage, bacon and egg is not a foodstuff commonly associated with cocktail parties. This idea, however, could really get your guests talking and it is also delicious. Note that the bacon used in this recipe is standard American bacon but is known as smoked streaky bacon in the UK. Standard British back bacon doesn't work quite so well.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

20 min

30 min

5 cocktail snacks and dip

Ingredients

  • 5 cocktail sausages
  • 5 slices bacon (smoked streaky bacon)
  • 2 hard boiled eggs, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon mayo
  • 1 teaspoon freshly chopped chives
  • Salt and white pepper

Step by Step Guide to Cooking the Bacon and Making the Egg Dip

  1. When you have gently fried the cocktail sausages, fry the bacon for a couple of minutes each side in the same pan. You may need to do this in two batches. Be very careful that the bacon doesn't start to crisp up or it will break when you try to roll it around the sausages.
  2. Drain the bacon on kitchen paper and lay the slices on a plate. Place one cocktail sausage at the narrowest end of each slice and roll. Secure in each instance with a cocktail stick.
  3. Put the hard boiled eggs in to a bowl with the mayo and chives. Season with salt and white pepper before mashing with the back of a fork. Spoon in to a serving ramekin.
  4. Plate the dip with the sausages and bacon for service.

Cocktail Sausage and Pickle Mini Pasties

Cocktail sausages and pickle are contained in a crispy puff pastry crust

Cocktail sausages and pickle are contained in a crispy puff pastry crust

Sausage Rolls with a Twist

These little two bite hors d'oeuvres are delicious and perfect for parties. They are of course essentially sausage rolls, prepared in a slightly different way. Due to the shape of the cocktail sausages, it is best to cut the pastry in an oval shape if possible. The lid of a little mini tureen made a perfect template in this instance, so see what you can find in your kitchen to help you out.

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min

Cook time: 25 min

Ready in: 40 min

Yields: 6 mini pasties

Ingredients

  • 8oz puff pastry block
  • Flour for rolling pastry
  • 2 tablespoons (approximately) Branston Pickle (or pickle or chutney of choice)
  • 6 cocktail sausages (uncooked)
  • 1 egg, beaten

How to Prepare and Cook Cocktail Sausage Mini Pasties

  1. Put your oven on to preheat to 400F/200C.
  2. Cut the pastry in to six equal portions. Roll each portion out with a rolling pin one at a time on a floured surface and use your template to cut the ovals. The pastry should be approximately an eighth of an inch thick.
  3. Lay a pastry oval on your floured surface and using slightly less than a teaspoon of pickle, make a cocktail sausage shaped bed. Lay a sausage on top.
  4. Lightly moisten the edges of the pastry with eggwash before lifting the longer sides and pressing to seal. Carefully crimp the pastry edge with your fingers.
  5. Lightly oil a baking tray and lay the pasties on it. Glaze with more eggwash and use a metal skewer or the point of a very narrow bladed knife to cut a tiny steam vent towards the top of each side.
  6. Bake for twenty-five to thirty minutes until the pastry is golden. Transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool.

Cocktail Sausage and Mustard Sandwich Bites

Cocktail sausages are skewered between two mustard spread pieces of a small sub roll

Cocktail sausages are skewered between two mustard spread pieces of a small sub roll

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min

Cook time: 15 min

Ready in: 20 min

Yields: 5 cocktail snack bites

Ingredients

  • 5 cocktail sausages
  • 1 small sub style bread roll
  • 2 teaspoons (approximately) Dijon mustard

How to Assemble Cocktail Sausage Mini Sandwich Bites

  1. While your sausages are gently frying, slice the sub roll across the way to a thickness of about three-quarters of an inch. Cut each portion in half and spread all halves thinly with Dijon mustard.
  2. Assemble by sliding a top half of bread on to a cocktail stick, followed by the sausage and the second piece of bread, as shown in the photos.

Chinese Hoisin and Garlic Cocktail Sausages with Prawn Crackers

Cocktail sausages fried in Chinese hoisin and garlic sauce with prawn crackers

Cocktail sausages fried in Chinese hoisin and garlic sauce with prawn crackers

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min

Cook time: 15 min

Ready in: 20 min

Yields: 10 cocktail bites

Ingredients

  • 10 mini cocktail sausages
  • 5oz pack of Chinese hoisin and garlic stir fry sauce
  • Pack of prawn crackers

How to Cook Cocktail Sausages with Stir Fry Sauce

  1. Start to fry the sausages as normal. When they are almost ready, pour in the hoisin and garlic sauce and turn up the heat to achieve a gentle simmer for a couple of minutes.
  2. Pour the prawn crackers in to a serving dish.
  3. Use a cocktail stick to spear each sausage in turn in the pan and lift to the serving dish.

Cocktail Sausage Mini Tacos with Dips

Cocktail sausages are wrapped in circles of tortilla and served with a selection of dips

Cocktail sausages are wrapped in circles of tortilla and served with a selection of dips

The dips in this recipe can be varied as seen fit. Guacamole, for example, would be an excellent further option. You will again need a cutting template. On this occasion, it should be circular, with a diameter very slightly greater than the length of the sausages. A drinking glass was found here that was the perfect size.

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min

Cook time: 25 min

Ready in: 35 min

Yields: 8 hors d'oeuvres

Ingredients

  • 8oz can chopped tomatoes in tomato juice
  • 1 large garlic clove, peeled and grated
  • ½ teaspoon hot chilli powder
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 5 or 6 medium sized basil leaves, rolled and shredded
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 8 cocktail sausages
  • 1 10" herb tortilla wrap
  • 2 tablespoons soured cream
  • 2 tablespoons green jalapeno relish

Guide to Preparing the Dips and Assembling the Sausage Wraps

  1. Pour the olive oil in to a small saucepan and add the garlic and chilli powder. Gently heat, stirring all the time with a wooden spoon, for a couple of minutes.
  2. Pour the tomatoes in to the pot and add the basil. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer for ten minutes, cover and set aside to cool while you fry the sausages.
  3. When the sausages are fried and draining on kitchen paper, bring a clean, dry frying pan up to a high heat. Add the tortilla wrap to heat for seven or eight seconds on each side.
  4. Sit the wrap on a chopping board and use your template to cut eight circles from it.
  5. Sit a sausage on each circle and fold up the sides. Secure with cocktail sticks.
  6. Add the jalapeno relish, soured cream and tomato sauce to small serving ramekins and plate with the mini sausage tacos.

© 2013 Gordon Hamilton

Comments

Deborah Minter from U.S, California on April 14, 2018:

I like the little sausages with prawn crackers!

Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on June 05, 2013:

Thanks, Nell! :)

Nell Rose from England on June 05, 2013:

Hi Gordon, just came by to say congrats on your Hubpage interview! Yeah! lol!

Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on June 04, 2013:

Thank you very much Phyllis. I hope your friends and family enjoy your creations.

Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on June 04, 2013:

Hi, Nell. Thanks. Glad you like the ideas and hope you get a chance to try them out.

Phyllis Doyle Burns from High desert of Nevada. on June 03, 2013:

OMGosh! Gordon, this is a great recipe hub. I so love sausages -- these tips and recipes will come in very handy for family gatherings this summer, also for winter holidays. I am going to bookmark this page and share your hub on facebook. Thank you!

Nell Rose from England on June 03, 2013:

Hi Gordon, I love these ideas! the Cocktail Sausage and Pickle Mini Pasties look delicious, just my kind of food! you always come up with the best recipes! voted up and shared, nell

Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on June 03, 2013:

Hi, randomcreative. Yep - the egg dip for parties is a little bit unusual, I know but I think it worked. Thank you as always for visiting and leaving a comment.

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 02, 2013:

Thanks for the cooking tips! The egg dip intrigues me, and I love the idea of turning the sausages into tacos. Such a great range of options as always.