Appetizers Day 3- Peppered Squash Sausage Rye Rounds


I just love appetizers don’t you? They are fairly simple and 9 out of 10 times they satisfy even the hungriest guest. Small bites packed with huge punches of flavor is better than any large dish of food in my opinion. The best appetizer for parties or special occasions is my rye bread topped with a mixture of sausage, squash, green onions and cheese. It is the perfect combination of salty and nutty flavors and not once has it ever failed me. Again, it is a great recipe to make ahead and freeze until party time.

Growing up we called them Party Pizza’s but over the years I have adapted them to be slightly more healthy and suit my various needs by incorporating different flavors and ingredients. Thus, I have changed the name to a more classy title Peppered Sausage Rye Rounds. The term peppered refers to the amount of freshly cracked black pepper that the sausage and squash are sauteed in. They might not be the fanciest hors d’oeuvres you have seen but I promise they will go before all the others- irresistible to the end.

Gruyere cheese with green onions, a little mustard and a squash and sausage mixture all melted atop cocktail rye bread and toasted is the ultimate satisfying appetizer. Your guests are never going to want to leave- is that good or bad??????

Appetizers Day2- Squash Sausage Rye Rounds
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  • 1 lb. regular pork sausage
  • 1 large squash, diced
  • 6 ounces of grated Gruyere cheese
  • 1 TBSP dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp cracked black pepper
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp sage
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • 1 stack of rye bread rounds or 1 loaf of rye bread cut out into small rounds
  1. Cook sausage over medium heat, add in the diced squash, dijon mustard and 1 tsp of cracked black pepper. Saute until tender and sausage is cooked. Add in the oregano, thyme and salt. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and stir in the grated cheese. Top the rye rounds or rye bread slices with the sausage and cheese mixture and place on baking sheet. Garnish with green onions and bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 8-12 (as an appetizer)



  1. Erica

    You rarely see rye used! How delicious!

    19 . Dec . 2011
  2. kitchen flavours

    Another delish recipe from you! I’ll stop over to your place and won’t leave until I finished the whole plate! Looks really good and I love sausages!! This is spot-on!!

    19 . Dec . 2011
  3. daphne

    Yum! I like the old name as well! hahaha. But it is definitely a classy appetiser.

    19 . Dec . 2011
  4. jo-lyn@jo-lyn's cup cakes n' candies

    ohgoodness! I read that wrong and thought it said ‘eye’ rounds…couldn’t figure out where ‘eye’ was coming from…I’m like I thought said sausage not beef! LOL aaaanyways! These sound delish! I’m just gonna go get my eyes checked now! 😉

    19 . Dec . 2011
  5. Vianney Rodriguez

    these look amazing, yummy holiday appetizer!!

    19 . Dec . 2011
  6. Nicole-Lynn

    Loving this appetizer series! This sounds amazing! Thanks! 🙂

    19 . Dec . 2011
  7. Greg

    I literally went oooohhhh when I saw these.

    19 . Dec . 2011
  8. Kelli

    SO girl this look so good I wish I could pop one of these into my mouth right now. You just are the best at putting these awesome ideas together. Cant wait to tr these!

    19 . Dec . 2011
  9. Jane

    I am so thrilled to see appetizer posts from you! In fact I was going to email you for HELP last week when I needed something new to my norm. I did find something but this post here is what I was looking for. THANK YOU. I will be booting up the printer again.

    19 . Dec . 2011
  10. Laural @ Being Healthier

    oh such cute little apps! love them

    19 . Dec . 2011
  11. Three-Cookies

    Delicious, brilliant idea.

    19 . Dec . 2011
  12. Caroline

    I sometimes prefer just eating a bunch of appetizers as a meal. I love trying multiple dishes. These sound fantastic! Oh gosh, and Gruyere cheese? Yup, you sold me. 🙂

    19 . Dec . 2011
  13. Mary

    These sound great! We have a tradition of doing appetizers for our dinner on both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. I’m making my list of goodies now! I love this topping and I bet it would be awesome on sourdough toasts as well. YUM

    19 . Dec . 2011
  14. Eva

    You are so right, Jessica, appetizers are the perfect flavour explosions in your mouth and to be honest, Gruyere and sausage sound like a great flavour combo. I’d love to be invited to one of your parties, I’m sure I wouldn’t leave hungry!

    19 . Dec . 2011
  15. The Food Hunter

    Think I’m going to include this in my Christmas Eve menu. Thanks!

    19 . Dec . 2011
  16. Pure Complex

    I LOVE appetizers too.. but I’ve never heard of Peppered Squash Sausage Rye Rounds before. Yes.. I can see myself making this and loving it

    19 . Dec . 2011
  17. Shawn

    I absolutely have to try these! I’m imagining the best smothered squash with sausage and cheese on rye toast…Delicious 🙂

    19 . Dec . 2011
  18. Shea

    These are look so good–all that melted cheese…mmm! I love that you could make so many different versions of this idea!

    19 . Dec . 2011
  19. Candace

    We always called them party pizzas too. We must be from the same part of the country. I love how you’ve made them healthier. These look fantastic, Jessica!

    19 . Dec . 2011
  20. Anna and Liz Recipes

    Never had these, but if you made them – then I will eat them! LoL….

    19 . Dec . 2011
  21. sportsglutton

    There is no way that these aren’t good. Where do I place my order? 🙂

    19 . Dec . 2011
  22. Foodness Gracious

    So many addictive sounding recipes around right now and this is another! Gruyere, Umm I can seriously eat blocks of that cheese as is!
    Take care and have a great holiday..

    20 . Dec . 2011
  23. lena

    i always laugh when i read what you’re really, i dont know whether it’s good or bad if your guests do not want to leave..i’ll probably stay on to help you make another batch of these delicious appetizers for them!

    20 . Dec . 2011
  24. rosita vargas

    una gran receta luce perfecta,abrazos y feliz navidad muchas bendiciones.

    20 . Dec . 2011
  25. Kristy

    These look delicious! I never would have thought to put them on rye rounds. Great idea! 🙂

    20 . Dec . 2011
  26. jackie @ marin mama cooks

    These look simply amazing and I think my kids would devour these as well as the adults.
    What type of squash did you use in this recipe? I have a butternut squash on hand and thought I might use that.

    20 . Dec . 2011
  27. anthony stemke

    A nice appetizer and good use of rye. Thanks for sharing this.
    Have a happy Christmas.

    20 . Dec . 2011
  28. Linda

    OMG.. I so remember these!! And I do remember they are great to freeze ahead like you said!! I’m so excited to see this…like your name…I’ll know refer to these as KB appetizers in your honor!!

    20 . Dec . 2011
  29. Liz

    Ooh, these look delicious with the sausage and melted cheese! A crowd pleaser for sure!!! Great recipe~

    20 . Dec . 2011
  30. Melanie @ Melanie Cooks

    These are such tasty little appetizers!

    20 . Dec . 2011
  31. Malli

    I am with you on appetizers being an ideal meal although it takes a lot more effort to make. The sausage, squash and cheese combo on the rye bread rounds look awesome!! Looking forward to your next one:)

    20 . Dec . 2011
  32. Biren @ Roti n Rice

    Sometimes I do enjoy the appetizers more than the main course. These look really good. Love the combination of squash and sausage.

    20 . Dec . 2011
  33. yummychunklet

    Ooh, anything with sausage sounds simply wonderful. These look great!

    20 . Dec . 2011
  34. Kiran @

    A simple and yummy crowd pleaser for sure 🙂 How’s the little one doing? 🙂

    20 . Dec . 2011
  35. Joanne

    Generally, I find that I’d be happier/totally content eating just appetizers and foregoing the main meal! I love all of the flavors in these rounds…sweet, salty delicious!

    21 . Dec . 2011
  36. Reem | Simply Reem

    This is so so good…
    I hardly see rye in any recipe these days, how wonderful u have used it here….

    Jessica, I missed couple of your post will check them now, had been down with flu n stuff…..
    B/W how are you and the baby doing? Also how is the big brother getting along with the baby. I will email you, don’t wanna take all your comment space… LOL

    21 . Dec . 2011
  37. Khara

    Hello cooking inspiration! I’ve missed reading all your recipes the past few months. My mouth started watering as soon as I saw all those cookies! And that pecan brownie?! Wow! Merry Christmas!

    21 . Dec . 2011
  38. Kate

    I LOVE all kinds of appetizers! We never do dinner on Christmas Eve or Christmas… strictly appetizers, so everyone is pleased 🙂

    21 . Dec . 2011
  39. raquel

    yeah I also love appetizer actually I am solve with it…the recipe is great and easy to prepare.

    22 . Dec . 2011
  40. lena

    hi jessica, just want to come back and wish you a very merry christmas and Happy holidays! Need to go now, catch up later, bye!!

    22 . Dec . 2011
  41. Veronica's Kitchen

    I love to go to party with lots of appetizers as it satisfies my greed with so much to choose from. Sometimes they are even tastier than the mains! This year will be special to you family with a new born. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    22 . Dec . 2011
  42. val

    What a unique, awesome and very clever recipe!!

    22 . Dec . 2011
  43. Helene

    I love appetizers that I often order only appetizers at the restaurant. These are mouth watering. Merry Christmas!

    22 . Dec . 2011
  44. Alli

    I want to be one of your guests. These sound amazing!

    24 . Dec . 2011
  45. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    Stopping by to wish you and your family Merry Christmas, Jessica! How’s baby doing? You must be so busy multi-tasking! Enjoy your holiday! Thanks for the delicious appetizer recipe!

    25 . Dec . 2011

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