I am a big fan of pre cooked chicken sausage. I use them all the time.
They come in a ton of flavors like apple and cheddar, cognac and cranberry, or you can keep it simple with spicy or Italian flavored. They are all pretty healthy. I like to get the natural varieties. I am using them here in a quick appetizer. Even though they are fully cooked I sauté them a bit to give them some caramelization. Spell-check is telling me that caramelization is not a word. I do not agree with this.
I drizzled some pesto on top, but you could certainly skip that step. You could also add a little basil leaf to the skewer. I used marinated mini bocconcini which were perfect in this recipe. No need to slice up fresh mozzarella, and they just look really cute. They are marinated in a seasoned olive oil. I removed some of the oil by resting them on paper towels before threading them on the toothpicks.
Sausage Caprese Bites
Lindsay at Perfecting the Pairing
· 2 tsp olive oil
· 4 to 6 fully cooked chicken sausage links, sliced (20-30 slices)
· 1 pint grape tomatoes (20-30)
· Marinated mini bocconcini (20-30)
· 4 to 6 sun dried tomatoes, cut into small pieces (20-30)
· ¼ cup pesto
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken sausage and sauté until caramelized. Remove from heat. Using toothpicks thread on a grape tomato, bocconcini, sun dried tomato, and chicken sausage. Place on a platter and drizzle with pesto.