Spicy Sausage Squares
We created this recipe in honor of our mom, who believes just about any dish made with sausage is worth eating.
For the crust1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
3 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
For the topping1/2 pound ground pork sausage
1 cup shredded sharp white Cheddar cheese
1 (4.5-ounce) can chopped green chiles, drained
1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
1 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
dash cayenne pepper
Prepare the crust
With an electric mixer, beat the butter, cream cheese, and salt until creamy. Blend in the flour, then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Prepare the topping
Crumble the sausage into a small skillet, breaking up any large chunks. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until browned, 8 to 10 minutes. With a slotted spoon, remove the sausage from the skillet and sprinkle it evenly over the dough. Top with the cheese, chiles, and chives.
The sausage squares can be made up to 2 days ahead and kept covered and refrigerated. Before the party, warm them in a 300°F oven for 6 to 8 minutes.