DagoodS specifically asked for something other than weenies in crescent rolls. So I offer you Sausage Puff Pastry Rolls... OK, all kidding aside, when I need to please some folks at a party, and throwing some cheese and salami on a board is not an option, I go straight to my mom. And this is probably my mom's best party pleaser.
1 package Pepperidge Farms puff pastry, thawed
1 lb Jimmy Dean sage sausage (Gimme Lean for veggies... Hey! I just got that!)
- Preheat oven to 350 F
- I can't remember if the puff pastry comes in one sheet or two. In any case, I know that it comes folded into thirds. Unfold the puff pastry and cut it along the seams so you have three long, thin rectangles.
- Form the sausage into a long snake, about as thick in diameter as a magic or dry erase marker. Lay this along the length of the pastry.
- Roll the far edge of the pastry over the sausage toward you and press the two edges together. Then, roll the whole snake back and forth a few times to round it, leaving it seam-side down.
- Slice into 3/4" rounds. You can freeze these for months to have ready at any time. If you choose to freeze at this point, you might want to turn off your oven.
- Bake rounds in a single layer on a baking sheet. They will give off some fat, so a rimmed sheet and some baking parchment might be advisable.
- I don't know how long to bake them for. Will get the timing from my mom's book tonight and edit this post.
- 1 can refried beans (I really like Annie's with Green Chile)
- 1 small tub sour cream. (I found a roasted garlic sour cream that's perfect in this recipe.)
- 1 jar salsa (got a fire-roasted one this year that made all the difference. Fresh Direct carries it, for all the NYers out there.)
- 1/2 lb block of cheese. (pre-grated has the shreds coated with nasty stuff to keep them from sticking together)
- 1 bunch green onions
- 1 can sliced black olives, or whole black olives that you slice. They must be black and canned and not fancy.
- Combine a half cup of the salsa with the beans and mix until well-combined, layer on the bottom of the dish.
- Stir sour cream in a bowl and spread on top of the beans.
- Layer on salsa.
- Grate cheese on large holes of a box grater. (Small holes will make it stick together and fall off the chip.) Sprinkle over.
- Finely slice all of the white part and about half the green part of the green onions. Sprinkle over.
- Top with black olives.
You also might want to check out Union Square Cafe Bar Nuts. I saw this recipe in Saveur ages ago. They're awesome. I think there's a misprint in this recipe, though. It's supposed to be for 2 lbs of nuts.
Shrimp is also key party food.
I will look up tonight and post tomorrow my mom's recipe for Shrimp with Delice Sauce, a light curry sauce that makes a great and easy appetizer.
I will also get my friend's recipe for Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp, if she'll part with it. It's fairly involved, including apple butter and other ingredients, but they're by far the best.