Sweet and Savory Sausage Appetizer aka Meat candy

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Mr. Serious recently came home from work saying he needed a dish for a potluck lunch at work. After I shook my head trying to figure out how everybody was going to keep things a safe temperature, and shook off his idea of bringing stuffing, I remembered having a delicious sweet and savory sausage appetizer at my friend’s house. She called it “meat candy” and I’ll definitely agree with that. It’s easy, delicious, and a crowd pleaser!

Sweet and savory meat candy appetizer

Gather your ingredients for meat candy

This is such an easy appetizer to prepare. You will need tiny sausages (like little smokies), bacon, brown sugar, and wooden toothpicks. The bacon really makes this…you know we love our bacon

Get to cooking

Preheat your oven to 350F. Or the temperature at which you cook your bacon.

You’ll want to cut your bacon into smaller pieces. We took each strip and cut it down into quarters. 

Wrap each sausage with a piece of bacon and secure it with a toothpick. Place them into a well oiled or cooking sprayed dish. You can also use a metal baking sheet pan covered with foil and sprayed. We liked the ease of cleaning the glass and not using foil.

Next, once you have all of your sausages wrapped, sprinkle a generous amount of brown sugar over the top of the wrapped sausages. Yes, a generous amount. This was our first sprinkling. You’ll want to do a second. 

Savory Sausage appetizer | Meat candy

Pop that meat candy into the oven for about 20-40 minutes (depending on your oven). Keep an eye on the bacon being done. 

Savory Sausage appetizer | Meat candy

Wait for them to cool and enjoy immediately. They will disappear so make sure you get your own plate of them.

Meat candy done

What’s great about these is that you can keep them hot in a slow-cooker so you can use your oven if you are entertaining people. Or if you can take them to work in a slow-cooker and plug them in to keep them hot. 

Pro-tip: Use a slow-cooker liner so you can just take it out and toss it and not have to work about the sugary, sticky meat candy and trying to clean your slow-cooker while you are at work. 

Meat candy bite

Yield: 40

Sweet and Savory Appetizer | Meat Candy

meat candy

A sweet and savory tasty appetizer that's a crowd pleaser! Plus, it's gluten and dairy free!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 package Little smokies or similar sausage
  • 1 package bacon
  • brown sugar
  • cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350F.
  2. Cut your bacon into smaller pieces- approximately quarter strips
  3. Wrap each sausage with a piece of bacon and secure it with a toothpick. 
  4. Place them into a well oiled or cooking sprayed dish. You can also use a metal baking sheet pan covered with foil and sprayed. We liked the ease of cleaning the glass and not using foil.
  5. Sprinkle wrapped sausages with a generous amount of brown sugar over the top of the wrapped sausages. 
  6. Cook for approximately 30 minutes at 350F until bacon is cooked to your liking.
  7. Allow to cool slightly before enjoyingl

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3 Comments

  1. I drooled reading this! I am always looking for an easy go to appetizer and this looks amazing! I am hosting Christmas for my family this year and I think I will try it out!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Josephine | Better as Us
    http://betterasus.com

    1. You and your friends and family will not be disappointed!

  2. This looks like a great Super Bowl appetizer, and super easy to make!

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