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holiday appetizers phyllo cups five ways mild italian sausage with cheddar and cream cheese garnished with fresh chopped chives

Italian Sausage and Cheese Bites

  • Author: Stacey
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 15 phyllo cups 1x


Looking for some snacky crunchy things to serve your guests? I've got holiday appetizers: phyllo cups five ways and you are going to love them


Units Scale

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons finely diced onion
  • 1 teaspoon finely diced garlic (1 medium clove)
  • 1/2 cup shredded orange cheddar
  • 3 Italian sausage links, meat pulled out
  • 1-2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese
  • 15 phyllo cups (one package)

Optional garnish:

  • Chopped chives or parsley


  1. Finely dice the onion.
  2. Finely dice the garlic.
  3. Shred the cheddar cheese or use the stuff that comes already-shredded in a bag.
  4. Pull the sausage from their casings (discard the casing) and break apart the sausage in a small pan. Add a splash of olive oil for cooking.
  5. Cook the sausage for about 5 minutes on medium heat, breaking apart and stirring the whole time. We need the sausage to have a crumbly consistency. My video shows this well.
  6. In the last minute of cooking add the onion and stir for a minute.
  7. Add the garlic to the middle of the pan and let cook for 30 seconds until fragrant, then mix to combine with other ingredients.
  8. Remove sausage from heat and let cool a couple minutes.
  9. Transfer sausage to a small mixing bowl.
  10. Add the shredded cheddar and cream cheese and mix with the sausage until everything is well combined.
  11. Put your phyllo cups on a small sheet pan and spoon the sausage mixture into each cup. Should be a heaping teaspoon or so. You want a generous amount here without it overflowing.
  12. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes.
  13. While they are cooking you can chop the optional chives or parsley if you want.
  14. Once cooked, arrange sausage and cheese bites on a platter and garnish with the chives, if using. Could use parsley instead if you have that on hand.
  15. ALSO NOTE: You can fill the cups the day before and refrigerate overnight. Get them to room temperature the next day, THEN bake them at 350.