The Holidays Are a Perfect Time for Creative Bite-Sized Appetizers

By Rebecca December 10, 2012 09:16

You’ve got 25 people coming over for a quick get-together before the kids’ holiday show at school. What do you serve that’ll please them all, yet be quick and simple?

Little weiners! The fun finger food.

Hotdogs and sausage are dinner staples for a lot of families. The food is so beloved, it has made its way onto the hors d’oeuvre tray. It’s no different for the holidays, just don’t be afraid to get a little creative. The following three recipes serve up some tasty appetizers with a seasonal twist to spice up your gathering.

Eat, drink and be merry!

Holiday Appetizer Wreath

Yield: 16 servings

Prep Time: 30 minutes   •   Cook Time: 15 minutes


  • 32 Hillshire Farm Lit’l Smokies or Lit’l Wieners (or comparable)
  • 1/2 cup whole berry cranberry sauce
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 can (8 ounces) refrigerated crescent dough rolls
  • Optional: Roasted bell pepper strips, cherry tomato halves and fresh rosemary for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Open package of sausages or weiners and drain off liquid.
  3. Combine cranberry sauce and barbecue sauce in a small saucepan; heat over low heat, stirring until smooth and hot.
  4. Unroll dough, separate at perforations, creating 4 rectangles. Press perforations to seal. With knife or pizza cutter cut each rectangle lengthwise into 8 strips, making a total of 32 strips.
  5. Wrap 1 strip of dough around each sausage or weiner. Place crescent-wrapped sausages or weiners with sides touching on ungreased cookie sheet or round baking stone in a circle, forming a wreath shape.
  6. Bake for 11 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly.
  7. Carefully remove wreath onto serving platter, if desired. Garnish wreath with bell pepper strips to form a bow, and cherry tomato halves and rosemary sprigs for ornaments, if desired.
  8. Serve with cranberry-barbecue sauce.

Before serving the following, make the kids recite all the names of Santa’s reindeer — afterward, they can eat them!

Santa’s Reindogs

Yield: 20 servings

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 2 to 3 minutes


  • 1 package Hillshire Farm Lit’l Smokies or Lit’l Wieners (or comparable)
  • Pretzel twists
  • Mustard
  • Ketchup


  1. Heat sausages or weiners according to package directions.
  2. Break a small pretzel twist in half. Stick a pretzel half into both sides of sausage to resemble antlers.
  3. Use 2 small drops of mustard for eyes and a small drop of ketchup for the nose.

Pigs in Heaven

Yield: 20 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes   •   Cook Time: 20 minutes


  • 1 package Hillshire Farm Lit’l Smokies or Lit’l Wieners (or comparable)
  • 1 package thick sliced bacon


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Open package of sausages or weiners and drain off any liquid.
  3. Cut each bacon slice into 3 to 4 pieces. Wrap each sausage with a piece of bacon; secure with a toothpick.
  4. Place on a 15 x 10 x 1-inch baking pan.
  5. Bake 15 to 20 minutes, or until bacon is browned.

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By Rebecca December 10, 2012 09:16
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