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Ranch Dressing Sausage Wontons Appetizer Recipe

These Sausage Wonton Appetizers made with Ranch Dressing and olives are a family favorite. I make them for birthdays, anniversaries, or any celebration! Adding red pepper flakes gives them just the right amount of heat. I teamed up with some blogging friends to share our favorite party recipes. This recipe tops our list of favs.

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!

Sausage Wonton Appetizer Ingredients Petticoat Junktion recipe

The Recipe: Ranch Dressing Sausage Wontons Appetizer

Ingredients

1 lb. Jimmy Dean Hot Sausage (I’ve been using Williams Sausage lately and really like it)
1 4 ounce Can Chopped Black Olives
1/2 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.

Combine Ingredients

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

Wonton Wrappers

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. Cheesy Sausage Wonton Appetizers Petticoat Junktion favorite party recipes

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.

How to mix cheesy sausage wontons for parties
How to make cheesy sausage wontons for parties

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. 

Baked wonton wrappers with Sausage and Ranch Dressing Mixture

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.

Ranch Dressing Sausage Wontons Appetizer Recipe

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.

Sausage Wontons Appetizers with Ranch Dressing and Black Olives
Sausage Wontons Appetizers with Ranch Dressing and Black Olives

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.

If you love sausage balls I have some great tips for you on how to make them easily and make them more tasty…

make great sausage balls

Find the sausage ball article here…  Tips For Making Great Sausage Balls The Easy Way

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. 

Italian Cream Cake

Another favorite is my grandmother’s Easy Banana Cake recipe, found here.

 

Cowboy Caviar or Texas Caviar

 

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

Find more wonton appetizer recipes here…..  13 Wonton Cup Appetizers Perfect For Holiday Parties

As always, thanks for being here and have a great day, Kathy

Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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35 Comments

  1. I found that the filling makes a wonderful omelette addition if you have any left over.

  2. Hi,
    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.

  3. 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!

  4. Doug would love these!
    Thanks so much for adding your recipe to the Delicious Dishes Recipe Party on Pocket Change Gourmet.
    ~Liz

  5. 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!

  6. 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!!

  7. 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!

    Paula
    ivyandelephants.blogspot.com

  8. These little bites of goodness are calling my name! Can’t wait to give them a try 🙂

  9. love this type of appetizer pinning thanks for the recipe and have a great week

  10. 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!

  11. 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

  12. Kathy,
    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.

  13. 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

  14. Kathy, these look amazing! We can’t wait to try this recipe 🙂

  15. 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!!!

  16. 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!

  17. 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!!!

  18. I have made similar ones using chicken and salsa- yours sound even tastier with spicy sausage. Yum!

  19. 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.

  20. These look delicious, Kathy! Sausage is my hubby’s favorite, I’ll have to try these for New Year’s!