These Ranch Dressing Sausage Wontons Appetizers are a family favorite. Make it birthdays, anniversaries, any celebration! The addition of red pepper flakes gives them just the right amount of heat. I teamed up with some of my blogging friends to share our favorite party recipes. This recipe tops our list of favs.
I'm not a recipe blogger, but I have a family, and we love eating. I first published this recipe in 2015 and always make the sausage wontons during the holidays. Our granddaughter Tenley always puts in a special request for the spicy appetizers.
Ranch Dressing Sausage Wontons Appetizer Recipe
The ingredients include cheese, ranch dressing, black olives, and sausage! The recipe came from my friend Beverly who is an awesome cook. She owns a restaurant/deli/butcher shop. Whip a batch of these up for the holidays or for the Super Bowl.....the guys will love you!
The Recipe: Ranch Dressing Sausage Wontons Appetizer
1 lb. Jimmy Dean Hot Sausage (I've been using Williams Sausage lately and really like it)
1 4 ounce Can Chopped Black Olives
½ cup Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing
2 cups Shredded Colby & Monterey Jack Cheese
1 package Wonton Wraps
A bit of Crushed Red Pepper if desired
Bake The Wonton Wrappers
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a muffin pan with cooking spray and insert wonton wrappers in the pan to form small cups. Bake for 5 minutes and allow to cool.
Brown and drain the sausage well. Combine the cheese, dressing, olives, sausage, and red pepper (if desired).
Bake Wonton Appetizers
Fill the wonton wrapper cups with the mixture and bake for 5 to 10 minutes. Watch closely to keep the wrappers from getting too brown. Makes 36-48 wonton appetizers, depending on how much mixture you add to each cup.
Print the recipe: Ranch Dressing Sausage Wontons Appetizer Recipe
Tips For Best Results
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a muffin pan with cooking spray and insert wonton wrappers in the pan to form small cups. Cook the wonton wrappers until just brown, about 5 minutes. They will brown more when you cook them after the sausage mixture is added.
You can tell my muffin pan is well used. It's clean....just stained from cooking spray. I have several large muffin pans and I use all of them and cook the whole package of wonton wrappers in one cooking.
Ranch Dressing Sausage Wontons Appetizer - Mixing Things Together
If I don't make all the wontons at once I put the wonton wrappers in a large zip lock bag until I'm ready to use the sausage mixture.
All that cheesy goodness. I brown the sausage and drain the grease by pouring the sausage in a wire strainer and patting with a paper towel. Once the sausage is drained I put it back in the pan and add the other ingredients.
All that's left to do is fill the wonton cups with the mixture and bake in the oven until the mixture is bubbly. You have to keep a close watch to keep the wonton wrappers from getting too brown....or burnt.
update........I find I don't have this problem with my new convection oven. The wrappers cook more evenly. One thing that helps keep the wrappers from burning is making sure your sausage cheese mixture is hot when it goes in the wrappers.
Heat the sausage mixture well or microwave it if it's been refrigerated before putting it in the wonton cups. Then fill the wonton cups and cook 10-15 minutes or till good and hot.
My friend Beverly introduced me to these sausage wontons. Starting with her recipe I modified it over the years. I can’t even remember what her original recipe included. I do know that I cut the amount of Ranch Dressing in half. One cup was just too overpowering. You can also use mild sausage if you don't like the hot stuff.
Customize To Your Taste
I listed a can of black olives in the ingredients above but most times I only use half a can.....depends on how much you like black olives.
I have a lot of muffin pans so I cook all of the wonton wrappers at one time. They keep well in a plastic storage bag. The sausage mixture will keep in the refrigerator for several days. Just warm the mixture in the microwave until it's hot, add it to the wonton cups, and cook in the oven until hot.
If the wontons are for a party no worries....just make them all. If the wontons are just for me and hubby then we eat on them for several days. The cheese does make the recipe a bit rich so you don't want to overdo the snacking.
More Family Favorite Recipes
Another favorite is my grandmother's Easy Banana Cake recipe, found here.
I found this recipe and we love it. Cowboy Caviar or Texas Caviar.
Maybe you want to try this cheese dip. A definite winner.....Cheese Dip with Ham and Green Chilies
As always, thanks for being here and have a great day, Kathy
Author: Kathy Owen (Petticoat Junktion)
Kathy is the founder of PetticoatJunktion.com, a home décor blog focused on repurposing and upcycling furniture, old hardware, rusty stuff, and thrifty finds into unique home décor. Kathy’s projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Read more about Kathy here.