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Sep. 7, 2012 2:12 am 
Updated: Sep. 21, 2012 6:49 pm

It seems like it was only a few months ago that I completed my assignments for the al fresco sponsor.....oops, maybe because it was just a few short months ago :) I can only guess that the great minds at al fresco were dazzled by the industriousness of the AllRecipes Brand Ambassadors.

This month they have given the group a new round of assignments with one of my favorite challenges.....”create an original recipe using our products”. Now this is an assignment that is right up my alley. I have entered “original & unique” recipes in several publications with some success. Thankfully,

I have been the happy recipient of a few small checks through the years for my creative endeavors. Unfortunately, that effort has never led me to the mother of all recipe contests...The Pillsbury Bake-Off. (No worries, Allstar Dawn L. competed in the Bake-off this past spring in Orlando and she made it all the way to the finals. YAY Dawn!)

So what to do with a healthy sausage product and a few additional ingredients that is quick and pretty enough to serve company? Well, I think I came up with a “winner”. (though there is absolutely no cash in the deal) I hope you think so too.

Caprese Sausage Bites<

Warmest Aloha Everyone!

I am an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador (a voluntary position) and I’m not compensated for my work with Products received from advertiser are only used for experienced-based reviews. The reviews, content and opinions expressed in this blog are purely the sole opinions of Julie McCuiston aka Mauigirl. That being said, my husband says I am the queen of everything and I KNOW what I am talking about.....and that is why we have been married for 41 years :)

Caprese Sausage Bites
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Sep. 7, 2012 3:20 am
Now these are a great idea! And, looks pretty quick and easy to make as well. Into my recipe box this went - someday (when we're done cleaning up tree!!) I think I'll give this a try! Thanks!
Sep. 7, 2012 5:58 am
Oh you are killing me with these. I keep seeing them around breakfast time. Makes me hungry! They look amazing :)
Sep. 7, 2012 6:18 am
Maui Girl-these look simple and easy to make! Thanks!
Sep. 7, 2012 7:04 am
MG: Aren't you creative? Nice job! I am much more of a recipe-follower than a recipe-inventor.
Sep. 7, 2012 10:38 am
So pretty! I just may have to try making these for my next party in a few weeks.
Sep. 7, 2012 10:58 am
I am so impressed! I agree with bikerfamily. I'm not much of a recipe creator and actually dread having to do this part of our September assignment. Wish me luck or send some ideas my way :)
Sep. 7, 2012 11:54 am
Thanks ladies. They were my lunch and dinner the other day and I will def make them again:)
Sep. 7, 2012 12:03 pm
Nice job! So pretty too. I think these will be great around the holidays. One of those - hurry I need an impressive appy FAST.
Sep. 7, 2012 12:42 pm
Thanks B'Nana...I am still struggling with the photo part of it :(
Sep. 7, 2012 2:06 pm
Dear, could you make that type a leetle bigger for us more mature readers?
Sep. 7, 2012 5:33 pm
Sep. 7, 2012 6:46 pm
This looks like my favorite kind of recipe: one that looks hard, but isn't! Thanks for the idea, my dear mauigirl! Aloha!
Sep. 7, 2012 8:08 pm
I would rather create a recipe than to follow a recipe. Maybe you have to have an OCD to create, I got plenty if that's a prerequisite
Sep. 8, 2012 1:43 am
That must be it King Sparta. A bit OCD here :)
Sep. 8, 2012 6:32 pm
Thank you so much! I can read it now! Your recipe looks like a great party appetizer! Or in my case, hand me a loaf of fresh bread, a glass of wine and we will call it dinner! Good job!
Sep. 9, 2012 4:19 pm
Cat Hill, I tell ya this format can be very challenging at times.Oh well, tis done and the little sausages were very tasty and pretty too!
Sep. 10, 2012 9:32 am
What a great little appetizer with fantastic presentation. And this could be put together in minutes. That on its own makes it a fantastic.
Sep. 10, 2012 10:39 am
They look so yummy, mauigirl! Just wish I liked sausage more {=
Sep. 10, 2012 12:22 pm
I still appreciate the effort you went to changing it again. I think I will have to look for these sausages and try this.
Sep. 10, 2012 2:34 pm
neeniejan,Thanks for stopping in. Nope left the skin on and I think they would be a little easier to eat that way????
Sep. 10, 2012 2:37 pm
Thank you all for stopping in. I have really been under the weather so I am doing a poor job of acknowledging all of you. Please know that I really do appreciate your input. I also hope to be back to full speed in the next couple of weeks.
Sep. 12, 2012 6:44 pm
They look yummy! Creative! Nice job!!
Sep. 13, 2012 1:34 am
"I am still struggling with the photo part of it" NOT. Photo #2 in the recipe is perfect.
Sep. 13, 2012 12:45 pm
Thanks bd weld. Thanks MickDee too!
Sep. 17, 2012 2:46 pm
Fantastic idea, Julie! I agree with Cat Hill. Enjoyed your blog and thanks for the bigger print.
Sep. 21, 2012 6:49 pm
Thanks Shorecook!
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