Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Friday Friend Recipe #86 -- Sausage Stars

Friday Friend Recipe #86: Sausage Stars
Making my way thru my Friday Friend Cookbook, one recipe at a time.
What is the Friday Friend cookbook: I have about 50 of my closest friends and family on an e-mail forum which I called the Friday Friends (from all over the county). At first, most of them didn't know each other, (they knew me) but over the past 15 years, we've answered and shared silly--and serious---questions, exchanged Secret Santa Christmas gifts, had a dieting contest in which we paid a $1 a week and that money went to a scholarship fund for a Friday Friends son's memorial scholarship, and we went on a great vacation for my 52 birthday.
AND, we contributed recipes for a cookbook.
I was looking at the cookbook the other night and I said, "I should make every recipe in here for my blog."
The Handyman--who knows me better than I know myself (this happened to be a question on the Friday Friend forum once---does your spouse/partner know you better than you know yourself?)--said,  "you'll never, EVER do that."

WELL---maybe I'll show him!  Maybe I will.
Which brings me to this... recipe #86
Sausage Stars

These are THE BEST!!
They will make you the STAR of the party!    
(I'm so clever!!  The star of the party--snort! )
They look so fancy!

These were the perfect little appetizer!  Loved by all.

Sausage Stars
submitted by FF Traci Marques
Los Banos, CA

1 lb cooked, crumbled sausage
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar
1 1/2 cups shredding jack cheese
1 cup prepared ranch dressing
1 can (2.25 oz ) chopped olives
1/2 cup chopped red pepper
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 pkg. fresh or frozen won ton wrappers
vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 350F. Brown sausage. Blot dry & combine w/cheeses, salad dressing, olives, pepper and onion. Lightly grease a mini muffin tin and press 1 wrapper in each cup.  Brush won ton lightly with oil. Bake 5 minutes till golden brown.  Remove from tins and place on baking sheet. Fill with sausage mixture and bake 5 more minutes, until bubbly.  
Makes 4-5 dozen minis

(you can eliminate baking sheet, leave in muffin cups and add mixture and bake)


You can tell by the photos that it was warm and sunny when I snapped these photos.
I am almost 20 recipes ahead (or behind?)  of what I am posting.  I'm just slow on the posting lately.

This time I invited friends over for a backyard bbq and proceeded to make everything from the Friday Friend Cookbook.
They were my experiments,or whatever you would call them. My GUINEA PIGS! That's it!
When you have people over and have to take pictures of your food, you get good leg shots, like this one below!

Anyway,  I began my FF cookbook dinner with these little appetizers by Traci.
Followed by a broccoli  salad by me. (post coming soon)
Grilled Korean Chicken by my mom (post coming soon)

Soooo... Traci. Hmmm.
Her's was the very first recipe I made for this challenge.
We talk about food most every day.
(crap--what does that say about us?)

This is my Traci story ---
in 2006, around the 1st of December I was having a conversation with my FF's about Christmas drinks. 
Tom and Jerry's
Hot Buttered Rum
Hot Chocolate
Egg Nog

Notice Traci's answer at the end.  

She said neither!  
and I said she was weird.  and then told everyone she doesn't do dairy products.
It's true!  She doesn't.
She IS weird.
She's not even lactose intolerant.  She just doesn't like them.
Who doesn't like ice-cream for heavens sake?
Or real butter melting down into the crevices of a hot English muffin?
Or a glass of ice-cold milk with a warm chocolate chip cookie?

Traci!  That's who!

(she knows I'm only teasing) 
I don't think she is that weird.  Only a little.
And that is my fun fact about Traci today.

It appears that I should be more worried about Theda and her drinking problem.  (see top correspondence in the previous photo)

Here is a picture of me and Traci, taken about 10 or so years ago.

PS.   A couple of  FF Cookbook posts ago....  I wrote this:

It's not a fancy cookbook---you've seen it.   A plain notebook.  Maybe I should have another Friday Friend make me a fancy one?
(this one will fall apart before long)

Shelly wrote me and said:  You know…we (I) could “Shutterfly” the Friday Friend cookbook for you.  Scan the recipes, get photos from you, copy/paste your stories, etc.  Just let me know if/when you want me to start on this.  J

I just have one thing to say:

Shelly has officially entered into the Friday Friend Cookbook Hall of Fame!  (with me and Barb)

Traci, when I told her this, said "no pictures of me"
I said, "but Traci, this cookbook is for me only"
She said,  "but you don't want pictures of me in it"
I guess she doesn't realize that her pictures are already on the blog.  Shhhhh----don't tell her.

1.Why is it that we  never like our own photos?
2. Egg Nog or hot chocolate for you?
3.  Hot Buttered Rum or Tom and Jerrys for you?


bermudaonion said...

Oh man, those would be perfect for book club!

Stefanie said...

These look like a tasty mix of savory, crunchy, and cheesy. Great job.

~~louise~~ said...

I am literally rolling on the floor reading this post, Debbie!!! You are too funny and your Friday Friends are hysterical!!!

There is no doubt in my mind that you will continue with your quest. Sure the handyman may know you pretty well but, he may not be aware of the outside world's influence, lol...

Thanks for sharing those cutie sausage stars Debbie and the leg of course!

Sally said...

Oh, perfect for a party coming up that I will take an appetizer! I'll use vegan sausage crumbles. And they are already cooked. thanks Deb and Traci. Wow. Is it almost 20 years? I'll be on the list
to get a cookbook when it's published!

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