I have been making these sinfully delicious appetizers for over 20 years and always on Christmas Eve. Even though this year it was only my little immediate family, one of the first menu items requested were these wontons. You might look at the ingredients and think “eh”, but trust me they are delicious. It is hard to distinguish any of the ingredients in this wonton, but they all work together and create an amazing flavor. My children don’t like black olives or red peppers, but they love these.
The nice thing about this recipe is you can make the sausage filling ahead of time and refrigerate it until you are ready to make them. You can also freeze the mixture if you’d like, which is nice when you aren’t using all of it because they do make quite a few.
I first got the recipe from a friend years ago and she doubled the amount of cheese and dressing. I thought it was a little too much so I cut the measurements back a little, but if you want you can add more cheese and more dressing.
1 package of Jimmy Dean or Jones sausage
1 red bell pepper
1 small 2.25 oz. can of black olives
6 – 8oz. of Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing
4 oz. shredded Monterey Jack cheese
4 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and spray a muffin tin with cooking spray.
Cook the sausage in a frying pan until done, and let cool. Cut the red pepper into chunks.
In a food processor or chopper combine the sausage, red pepper, and olives. I didn’t have my food processor with me so I used a small chopper and chopped them in small batches of all three ingredients together. A food processor would have been much quicker.
Once you have processed all of the sausage, pepper and olives, combine in a mixing bowl with the cheeses and dressing.
Place one wonton wrapper in each opening and bake for about 5 -7 minutes until they get slightly brown.
Once brown, fill each wonton with the sausage filling using two teaspoons.
Bake for about 10 minutes until the cheeses are melted. Keep watching them to make sure the wontons don’t get too brown or burned.
Now be prepared for your family and friends to ask you to make them again. So good!