This Fun Holiday Appetizer is my take on Christmas stuffing but made bite sized! It is my favorite thing to make this time of year and is such a delicious appetizer to serve guests during the holidays.
Made with Pillsbury biscuit dough, rosemary, craisins and sausage, they are a festive holiday appetizer or side dish! Best part, they can be made ahead of time and popped in the oven before guests arrive!
It's the beginning of November and I heard Mariah Carey's, "All I Want For Christmas" on the radio this morning.
I wasn't sure whether to curse out the radio station or start singing.
Either or, it's OFFICIAL! Break out the wreaths and eggnog!
Or in this case, break out these holiday stuffing cups and my Mini Cranberry Herb Cheese Balls.
My mother-in-law makes a version of this stuffing every Christmas and I just love it!! The first time I had it, I immediately wanted to know what was in it. Ever since, I have tried tweaking it over the last few holidays to make it 'finger food worthy'...because as you know, I don't post ANYTHING that requires forks here. 😉
Anyway! Since stuffing or "dressing", as some call it, is definitely NOT a finger food, I wanted to figure out how to MAKE it a finger food perfect for your next holiday cocktail party!
My favorite part about these stuffing cups are the craisins. If you have not yet had craisins in a savory dish before, you're missing out! They just add such a pop of flavor and sweetness. I will forever be a craisin lover.
Then you throw in the sausage, rosemary and maple syrup and holy moly. Guys, the flavors are just out of this world!
You don't want to leave out any ingredients for this recipe. They all serve a purpose and are all absolutely necessary. So go to the food store today and pick them up. THEN you can make these bites of Christmas heaven for your family this holiday season!
If you're looking for other stuffed biscuit recipes check out these Cheesy Stuffed Garlic Bombs (Using Biscuit Dough).
Other holiday appetizers you may like:
Looking for more fun finger foods for your holiday party? Check out my list of 17 Easy Holiday Appetizers!
Fun Holiday Appetizer
- 1 16.3 Can Pillsbury Biscuit Dough (8 count)
- 12 oz. Pork Sausage
- 4 Tbsp. Olive Oil
- 1 ¼ Cups Diced Yellow Onion
- 1 Cup Diced Celery
- 1 Cup Craisins ((Dried Cranberries))
- 2 Tbsp. Chopped Rosemary
- ½ Tsp. Salt
- ⅓ Cup Maple Syrup
- 2 Tbsp. Flour
- 1 ¼ Cup Chicken Stock
- Remove the casing (outer skin) from your sausages by slicing lengthwise with a knife and peeling it off using your fingers. Add the olive oil to a saute pan and over medium-high heat, brown your sausage while chopping it up using the flat end of a wooden spoon or spatula.
- When the sausage is nicely browned, turn down your heat to medium and add the onions allowing them to saute for another 5 minutes. *Make sure the bottom of the pan is NOT dry. You should see the oil. If you need to add another tbsp, do it.
- Add your celery, rosemary craisins and salt to the pan and saute for two more minutes.
- Turn your heat up to high and add your flour stirring it around so the flour coats all of your ingredients. After a minute, add the chicken stock and stir or whisk it in until it turns into a thick sauce. The filling should thicken after bubbling for 5 minutes. The consistency you want should be STEW-LIKE not soupy! If it is too thick, add more stock. Too soupy? Whisk in another teaspoon or two of flour and let it simmer until it thickens to the right consistency.
- Finally, mix in your maple syrup, turn off heat and set aside.
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
- Open your canned biscuits and separate each one. (You should have 8.) Cut each into quarters and using the palm of your hand, flatten each quarter as much as you can into rounds. You should end up with 8 x 4 = 32 flattened biscuits. Place each biscuit into a mini muffin tin pressing it into each tin making sure the dough comes all the way up the sides (If not, the filling will fall out!) Finally, fill each cup with your sausage filling nice and high and be sure to press it into the cup. (*The thinner you make your biscuit cups, the better! This way you can add more filling.)
- Bake for 12-14 minutes or until your biscuit cups are slightly browned. Serve warm!
- Place on a flat serving platter and drizzle more maple syrup on top and sprinkle rosemary and craisins around so everyone knows what's in them!
- If you want to make these ahead of time, I suggest, baking them for about 10 minutes (instead of 12-15) and then take them out and freeze them in a sealed Tupperware container OR place them in the fridge for 2-3 days before you finish baking them off.
- You can use any Pillsbury canned biscuit dough.
- You can also use any sausage you prefer although I recommend a sweet Italian sausage that is still in its casing. It just cooks up nicely for these cups.
- Do not use dried rosemary, it does not taste the same! You could substitute with sage if you desire.