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 do have a family, and we love to eat. I first published this recipe in 2015, and I 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
Do you have any favorite appetizers....or desserts? My family's favorite cake is a definite winner. You can find the complete Italian Cream Cake recipe here.
Another favorite is my grandmothers Easy Banana Cake recipe found here.
Maybe you want to try this cheese dip. A definite winner.....Cheese Dip with Ham and Green Chilies
Check out my spicy cheese ball here!
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.
I have this recipe but it calls for bell peppers to be cooked with the sausage instead of black olives. My family loves these and so does anyone who tries these.
Rebecca (Becky) Hackman
MMMMM, these look delicious. I may just have to try them. I love it that you did not rush out and purchase a brand new muffin tin. You are so normal and make us "normal" people feel right at home! Thank you and Merry Christmas!
Doug would love these!
Thanks so much for adding your recipe to the Delicious Dishes Recipe Party on Pocket Change Gourmet.
Wendy @ Living Almost Naturally
These look yummy! Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty!
What a fantastic and easy appetizer idea! I would probably leave out the olives, but that's what is so great about this recipe: it's easily adaptable to individual tastes! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday!
Your cheesy-sausage wonton's look SUPER yummy! I'll definitely have to try them! Thank you so much for sharing at the Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop! PINNING!!
Total yumminess! This is such an inspirational post. We would love it if you would share it at our What's it Wednesday Party! Hope you can join us!
Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos
These little bites of goodness are calling my name! Can't wait to give them a try 🙂
These look yummy!
love this type of appetizer pinning thanks for the recipe and have a great week
Shelley from Roots North and South
These look yummy! And your directions make me think I could actually make them myself! Thank you again for organizing the tour... I've picked up lots of new ideas for the new year!
These look so tasty! Pinned!
Kim@ Hunt & Host
Everything t these look yummy! Thanks for hosting such a great round up!!!
I love one bite appetizers! They are perfect for parties.
Hi Kathy - My boys would LOVE these! Can't wait to make these for them! Thanks for hosting such a fun party and including me! Hugs, Holly
These look amazing. They would even make a great breakfast on the go. I really like the portion size so that you can "try" and only eat one if you are watching what you eat. Great recipe. Can't wait to try it.
I found that the filling makes a wonderful omelette addition if you have any left over.
Hi Kathy, these look and sound so delicious, can't wait to try them.
Susie @ The Chelsea Project
These look awesome!! Looking forward to giving them a try.
Barb @ The Everyday Home
These look amazing and I will add these to my recipes. Looks great!!!
Maryann @ Domestically Speaking
My family would love these Kathy... pinned!
These are amazing and so easy to make. They will be a big hit on New Year's eve. Thank you for sharing this yummy recipe! Happy New Year's
Jenn & Vicki Fenton @ 2 Bees in a Pod
Kathy, these look amazing! We can't wait to try this recipe 🙂
Yum-my!! These look great!! I know my hubby will love them too. I'm going to make them for New Years. I wouldn't worry about cleaning your muffin tins too much; they are well seasoned like a cast iron skillet 🙂
Happy New Years!!!
Sounds delicious! Will have to give them a try!
These look so good I think my kids will love them!
Yep, I saw your post on Instagram and had to check to see if your recipe was similar. It's the same one I use. They are yummy!
Jane @ Cottage at the Crossroads
Oh my gosh, Kathy! I MUST make these. I really like Jimmy Dean sausage but someone locally makes the best sausage I've ever eaten. So I can't wait to try it in your recipe. Thanks for hosting this party and Happy New Year!!!
SheilaG @ Plum Doodles
I have made similar ones using chicken and salsa- yours sound even tastier with spicy sausage. Yum!
Can you freeze these?
You can freeze the mixture!
Oh my! These look so good! Great game day recipe! Thanks for sharing!
These look so good! I know that a batch of these would be a hit at a party or for watching the next game. My husband loves sausage and if I made these, any leftovers would be gone in no time.
These look delicious! My family will love these for our next party.
Andrea at Opulent Cottage
These look delicious, Kathy! Sausage is my hubby's favorite, I'll have to try these for New Year's!