Spicy Sausage & Cheese Tarts

Spicy Sausage & Cheese Tarts – seriously delicious!! Only 4 ingredients! Sausage, cheddar cheese, ranch dressing, and phyllo tart shells. Can make ahead and refrigerate or freeze for later. I always have a batch in the freezer for a quick snack! Great for breakfast, tailgating and parties! I never come home with leftovers. Everyone LOVES these cheesy sausage bites.

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These Spicy Sausage & Cheese Tarts are one of my all-time favorite appetizers/snacks. They are super simple to make with only four ingredients. Sausage, shredded cheese, spicy ranch dressing, and phyllo shells. SO GOOD! I’ve been making these forever and they are always a hit at parties and tailgates. I always have the ingredients on hand to whip up a batch at a moment’s notice. This recipe is perfect for parties, tailgating, and holiday snacking. You must give these a try!

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How to Make Spicy Sausage & Cheese Tarts

As I said, this appetizer is super simple to make. Cook some sausage in a skillet until no longer pink and crumbled. Drain fat. In a bowl combine shredded cheese, spicy ranch dressing, and cooked sausage. Scoop the sausage mixture into the phyllo shells and bake until melted.

  • I use Jimmy Dean or Tennessee Pride sausage. You can use regular or hot sausage.
  • Are the tarts super spicy? We did not think that the tarts were super spicy. They just have a nice little kick from the spicy ranch dressing. Feel free to substitute regular ranch dressing if you are worried about the heat.
  • I like to keep this dish simple, but feel free to add onions, bell peppers, or olives to the sausage mixture.
  • Can Spicy Sausage & Cheese Tarts be made in advance? Yes! You can assemble the tarts and refrigerate until you are ready to bake them.
  • Can Spicy Sausage & Cheese Tarts be frozen? Yes! Assemble the tarts and place on cookie sheet and freeze. Once the tarts are frozen, transfer them to a freezer bag and freeze.
    • To bake after freezing, place on a baking sheet and add a few minutes to the cooking time. There is no need to thaw the tarts before baking. trays. Slide the trays into a large ziplock bag and freeze.

Quick Tip

You can find the phyllo tarts in the freezer section at the grocery store. They are in the dessert section at my store. The tarts are fully cooked. There is no need to pre-bake or thaw them before filling them with the sausage mixture.

sausage and ranch phyllo tarts

Sausage Phyllo Tarts are Great a Crowd

This recipe makes a lot of appetizers. It is perfect for breakfast, parties, tailgating, and afternoon snacks. I always have some in the freezer to pull out for a quick appetizer. I love everything about these things! Give these a try for the game this weekend or go ahead and make a batch for the holidays.

Looking for more party food ideas? Here are a few of our favorite recipes from the blog that go great with these tarts.

platter of sausage and ranch phyllo tarts

Spicy Sausage & Cheese Tarts

Yield: 75 tarts
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Spicy Sausage & Cheese Tarts – seriously delicious!! Only 4 ingredients! Sausage, cheddar cheese, ranch dressing, and phyllo tart shells. Can make ahead and refrigerate or freeze for later. I always have a batch in the freezer for a quick snack! Great for breakfast, tailgating and parties! I never come home with leftovers. Everyone LOVES these cheesy sausage bites.

Equipment:

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb sausage
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 (8-oz) bottle Ranch dressing
  • 5 (15-count) frozen phyllo tart shells

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  • In a skillet, cook ground sausage until no longer pink. Drain fat.
  • Combine shredded cheddar cheese, Ranch dressing, and cooked sausage.
  • Spoon sausage mixture into frozen phyllo tart shells. (You can freeze for later at this point.)
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes, until cheese melts. (Add 2-3 minutes to the baking time if baking frozen tarts).

Notes:

  • I use Jimmy Dean or Tennessee Pride sausage. You can use regular or hot sausage.
  • Are the tarts super spicy? We did not think that the tarts were super spicy. They just have a nice little kick from the spicy ranch dressing. Feel free to substitute regular ranch dressing if you are worried about the heat.
  • I like to keep this dish simple, but feel free to add onions, bell peppers, or olives to the sausage mixture.
  • Can Spicy Sausage & Cheese Tarts be made in advance? Yes! You can assemble the tarts and refrigerate until you are ready to bake them.
  • Can Spicy Sausage & Cheese Tarts be frozen? Yes! Assemble the tarts and place on cookie sheet and freeze. Once the tarts are frozen, transfer them to a freezer bag and freeze.
    • To bake after freezing, place on a baking sheet and add a few minutes to the cooking time. There is no need to thaw the tarts before baking. trays. Slide the trays into a large ziplock bag and freeze.

Steph

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  1. The one Jenn King said is the one I make. With the wonton wrappers.

    Have been told to bring them even if I didn't come to the party.

    Yours look good too.

    Happy weekend.

  2. We've been making a similar version of these for a couple of years now and we love them! You can substitute the phyllo for wanton wrappers (just par bake them in a muffin tin for 3-5 min before filling) add a finely chopped red bell pepper and use spicy sausage for even more of a zip. I love the phyllo idea! I'm making these this weekend.

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