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Easy and Yummy Sausage Cups

Easy and Yummy Sausage Cups

You’ll love these delicious, cheesy and easy sausage cups that will also make perfect appetizers for your next holiday get-together! 

This post is sponsored by Johnsonville. All views and text are my own. 

We all know that this year’s holiday season is different. Well, everything is a little different this year. But that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy good food and quality time with our family. Sitting around the table with the people I love is definitely my favorite part of the season! Of course, any family gathering I host, no matter how small, will always have an abundance of food. No matter what’s going on in the world, delicious home-cooked meals are something that I will always be happy to provide. 🙂

I was recently thinking about what will be on my family’s Christmas menu this year. In the past, we have hosted get-togethers for family and friends complete with multi-course meals, gourmet passed appetizers and full dessert bars. This year,  we will just be celebrating the holidays with immediate family members but I still want to keep the decadence of the food. I can surely make Christmas feel “normal” by serving the over the top dishes that my family looks forward to all year.

sausage cups

One recipe that I know I will be making is my easy sausage appetizer cups. I make these multiple times every holiday season and my family goes crazy for them. I am a big fan too because they are totally delicious but also because they are very simple to put together. You could whip up a huge batch of these sausage cups in just a few minutes! All you need are six, tasty ingredients and you are on your way to an amazing appetizer.

easy sausage cups

When making a recipe that only uses a few, choice ingredients, you really want to be sure that the brands and ingredients you choose are of the highest quality. You really can taste the difference. Since sausage is the main ingredient in this recipe, you especially want to be sure that you use the best sausage possible. I always opt for Johnsonville All Natural Fresh Italian Ground Sausage, which is the tastiest sausage I have ever tried. It has the perfect amount of seasonings and the flavor of the tender meat shines through in these sausage cups. My family is not a huge fan of spicy foods so I always use the mild sausage. Johnsonville sausage is available in mild, hot and sweet varieties so it brings flavor to any dish.

sausage cups recipe with Johnsonville ground Italian sausage

While you are shopping for the sausage to make this recipe, you should probably pick up some extra packs as well. Swap out your boring ground meat for the all-natural and flavorful Johnsonville Ground Italian Sausage to take any recipe to the next flavor level. Skip the ground beef or basic ground chicken- it’s the holidays and you need something special! Since the sausage is packed with spices and flavors, you can easily elevate your go-to dishes this fall and winter. Use Johnsonville sausage instead to impress your family with fresh, flavorful dishes this holiday season. It is an easy and smart switch to make!

How to make easy and yummy Sausage Cups

Now that we all know how important good ingredients are, let’s get back to my sausage cups recipe. To begin making this super easy appetizer, you need to brown the sausage well in a large skillet. Be sure to break up the pieces as they cook with a spatula. You want nice, small crumbles that will fit right into the mini cups later on.

sausage cups recipe

The cooked sausage is mixed with shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream and ranch seasoning. This mix is scooped into the mini phyllo dough cups, filling each cup to the top. The cups are then baked until they are brown on the edges. Serve these sausage cups immediately as they are amazing when still hot out of the oven! That’s it! A few quick steps and you have a picture-worthy appetizer ready to serve!

easy sausage cups recipe

The delicious taste of the Johnsonville sausage along with the cheesy, creamy filling ingredients go so well with the crisp phyllo dough. The mini size of the cups make for a perfect 2-bite appetizer and are surely going to disappear quickly anytime you serve them. Who could possibly resist a pretty little appetizer like this?!

The holidays won’t be the same this year, that’s for sure. But that doesn’t mean we can’t try to make the best of it. Celebrating with food is one way that I am ensuring my Christmas is just as wonderful as it is every year. I may not be making appetizers for 100 people but I am still going to make them for those I love the most.

I hope you give this recipe a try as well and impress your family with your cooking. A few good ingredients, a little bit of time and a lot of love is all you need! Enjoy!

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Easy and Yummy Sausage Cups

Easy Sausage Cups

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 60 sausage cups 1x


  • 1 lb. Johnsonville All Natural Ground Mild Italian Sausage
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 8 oz. sour cream
  • 1 packet ranch seasoning mix
  • 4 boxes of frozen phyllo dough cups (15 cups per package)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Add the ground sausage to a skillet over medium high heat, and cook until completely browned. Drain the excess fat and allow the meat to cool a bit.
  3. Place the meat into a large mixing bowl and add the shredded cheese, cream cheese, sour cream and Ranch seasoning packet. Stir to combine completely.
  4. Use a spoon to scoop a small amount of the sausage filling into each of the frozen phyllo cups.
  5. Place the filled cups onto a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.


sausage cups

Jocelyn Brown

A former school teacher, Jocelyn Brown created Hip Mama’s Place in 2007. Her motto for this blog is: get inspired, create and share! Jocelyn loves sharing about food and recipes, crafts, DIY projects and her random travels with her family. She also loves all things social media, but her latest obsession is Instagram.

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  1. Cheeia
    12/29/2020 / 4:28 am

    Definitely looks delicious! I do agree! Because do look delicious, cheesy and easy to make! I will have to try it!

  2. Angeline
    12/27/2020 / 11:49 am

    Yummy! My son and I loved it!

  3. Halimeh Salem
    12/24/2020 / 5:26 am

    I don’t eat sausage but this looks good

  4. Sandra
    12/24/2020 / 4:29 am

    These look like sausage balls with a more sophisticated twist. I can’t wait to try these.

  5. Ashley
    12/24/2020 / 2:27 am

    These look super delicious and simple to make ! I’ll be adding this to my new year new foods list ! Thank you for sharing

  6. 12/17/2020 / 5:15 am

    This looks delicious yummy sausage cups and perfect serving this coming holidays. I would love to try this recipe save this post!

  7. Erik the Hungry Traveller
    12/17/2020 / 12:59 am

    You are definitely covering both sweet and savory snacks. i just finished reading your dessert recipe and here I am reading your sausage cup appetizers. thanks for all the great recipes.

  8. 12/16/2020 / 4:13 pm

    These look delicious and don’t take too much time. Ill definitely be trying this out!

  9. Catalina
    12/16/2020 / 3:29 pm

    Such a delicious appetizer idea! I would like to make these sausage cups for Christmas!

  10. Rosey
    12/16/2020 / 12:15 pm

    Perfect for Christmas Eve breakfast. I would love to make these for the kids.

  11. 12/16/2020 / 10:06 am

    Wow….this is a new one to me. Good thing, I have your blog post for reference. I am all in for anything sausage!

  12. anas
    12/16/2020 / 5:37 am

    I have never baked or made anything with sausage before but now I might give it a try. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  13. katrina m kroeplin
    12/16/2020 / 4:07 am

    oh wow this looks so good! i definitely need to try this

  14. Erin
    12/16/2020 / 12:56 am

    What great looking appetizers for Christmas!

  15. sara lafountain
    12/15/2020 / 10:05 pm

    this is a great appetizer for Christmas. It is easy that the kids can make it by themselves.

  16. Kuntala Bhattacharya
    12/15/2020 / 9:22 pm

    Wow can be a good option for some tasty snacks in the evening. I would love to prepare them, looks yummy.

  17. Mama Maggie's Kitchen
    12/15/2020 / 8:32 pm

    Yum! This look soooo delicious! My family will surely love to have this. I am so excited to make this.

  18. Catherine
    12/15/2020 / 6:00 pm

    Ooh yum! These look so easy and delicious!

  19. 12/15/2020 / 5:47 pm

    Wow! This looks really good and easy to make. The mini size cups are just perfect for appetizers. Adding this to our holiday menu. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  20. 12/15/2020 / 5:39 pm

    How cute! And I bet they’re delicious too. I’m going to save your recipe for later.

  21. Beth
    12/15/2020 / 5:11 pm

    These look so tasty. They would be perfect for a holiday party!

  22. 12/15/2020 / 4:59 pm

    These sausage cups look so delicious and easy to make. Need to try this recipe over the weekend.

  23. 12/15/2020 / 2:48 pm

    This recipe looks like the perfect one to make over the holidays! I’d love to try making it myself too, with plant-based sausage.

  24. 12/15/2020 / 2:02 pm

    This looks so delicious! I will attempt to make this next week. Thanks for the recipe.

  25. 12/15/2020 / 1:19 pm

    This is such a quick and really convenient recipe. It is really timely too, coming as it is in the wake of the festive season.

  26. 12/15/2020 / 1:07 pm

    These look really delicious! I would love to make these for breakfast for my husband and I.

  27. 12/15/2020 / 11:35 am

    Glad I came over to this post. This recipe would be perfect for our grazing table that we are planning to do over the holidays.

  28. 12/15/2020 / 10:28 am

    Oh my goodness this sounds like it would be absolutely delicious what an incredible idea, I love that they don’t take too long as well.

  29. 12/15/2020 / 10:15 am

    This looks amazing!

    Seems like the perfect serving for the holidays, when you are getting tired of the christmas foods 😛

  30. Ryan Escat
    12/15/2020 / 9:55 am

    I can’t believe it will only take me 40 minutes to prepare this goodie. So convenient. And I’m sure it’s savory.

  31. 12/15/2020 / 9:21 am

    Phantasmagoric and super original idea would never have occurred to me! O_O

  32. Rose Ann Sales
    12/15/2020 / 9:15 am

    It looks so yummy. The cheeses are so mouthwatering. Yum,yum,yum!

  33. Nikki Wayne
    12/15/2020 / 7:47 am

    So easy to make..! And I bet it’s so delicious 🤤

  34. 12/15/2020 / 5:48 am

    now this looks oh so tasty! and surprisingly very easy to make , i will give it a go , as it makes a fun change from a usual things we eat

  35. Tasheena
    12/15/2020 / 4:12 am

    This would be perfect to make for my next gathering. I know everyone is going to love this.

  36. Ashley t
    12/15/2020 / 4:10 am

    These look so delicious and I love that they are easy to make.

  37. Kita Bryant
    12/15/2020 / 3:54 am

    This would be an awesome breakfast for the kids. I love getting them ready for a long day.

  38. 12/15/2020 / 3:36 am

    I’ve had these at get togethers but I’ve never made them. Now that I have the recipe I’m gonna give it a go!

  39. 12/15/2020 / 3:06 am

    I love phyllo! I can’t wait to make these for my family.

  40. 12/15/2020 / 2:19 am

    Oh, that looks like a great bite-sized breakfast or snack option. I’m sure my family would love it.

  41. Kathy
    12/15/2020 / 2:18 am

    These do look amazing. I’m going to have to try them. I think they’d be a great appetizer.

  42. Halimeh Salem
    12/15/2020 / 12:07 am

    Even though I don’t eat sausage, this recipe looks delicious.

  43. Pam Wattenbarger
    12/14/2020 / 11:18 pm

    Oh, these would be a hit at my house. Sausage balls are a favorite so I can see the cups going fast!

  44. 12/14/2020 / 10:48 pm

    Such a unique idea! Perfect for these hectic days of family gatherings. Love these Sausage Cups.

  45. Tomi C
    12/14/2020 / 8:38 pm

    You had me at phyllo. I’m always looking for easy appetizer recipes and nothing like a phyllo cup for easy. Yummy!!!

  46. 12/14/2020 / 8:25 pm

    These look so yummy! I make similar egg cups but never thought to put the mix into phyllo dough!

  47. 12/14/2020 / 7:44 pm

    These sausage cups look incredible! And super easy to make too. I can’t wait to make them.

  48. 12/14/2020 / 7:40 pm

    These are a wonderful recipe for any holiday or pot luck get together. I love the flavors, and I love how cute they are. Great recipe.

  49. Amber Myers
    12/14/2020 / 7:21 pm

    Ooo these look and sound amazing! I will have to try them for breakfast one morning.

  50. 12/14/2020 / 7:17 pm

    I do like quick and easy. This is a recipe that I will have to make for Christmas day

  51. 12/14/2020 / 7:05 pm

    That is such a great recipe. I can see these as a holiday appetizer OR just a fun way to make dinner more festive. Just a bunch of finger foods for dinner.

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