Spicy Sausage Squares

Spicy Sausage Squares

We created this recipe in honor of our mom, who believes just about any dish made with sausage is worth eating.

Ingredients Directions

For the crust

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
3 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose flour

For the topping

1/2 pound ground pork sausage
1 cup shredded sharp white Cheddar cheese
1 (4.5-ounce) can chopped green chiles, drained
1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
dash cayenne pepper

Prepare the crust

With an electric mixer, beat the butter, cream cheese, and salt until creamy. Blend in the flour, then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 375°F. Press the chilled dough into a 15x10x2-inch glass pan to form an even layer covering the bottom. Set aside.

Prepare the topping

Crumble the sausage into a small skillet, breaking up any large chunks. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until browned, 8 to 10 minutes. With a slotted spoon, remove the sausage from the skillet and sprinkle it evenly over the dough. Top with the cheese, chiles, and chives.

Whisk together the eggs, milk, salt, and cayenne, then pour the mixture over the dough.

Bake until the egg mixture is firm in the middle, 35 to 40 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and let it cool for 10 to 15 minutes. Cut into 1 1/2-inch squares. Serve warm.

Makes about 60 squares.

Make-Ahead Factor

The sausage squares can be made up to 2 days ahead and kept covered and refrigerated. Before the party, warm them in a 300°F oven for 6 to 8 minutes.

From Cocktail Parties, Straight Up! Easy Hors D'oeuvres, Delicious Drinks and Inspired Ideas for Entertaining with Style by Lauren and Anne Purcell.