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Spicy Sausage Tarts Recipe

In this post I’m sharing how to make an easy appetizer of Spicy Sausage Tarts.


Hey friends! I love this appetizer recipe that I am sharing with y’all today. It is so creamy and delicious with a touch of spiciness. I love the crunch of the mini phyllo cups too.

This appetizer is perfect for any gathering…perfect for holidays, new year celebrations or gatherings of friends.

I must confess that this has been a very busy end of the year for me this year. I have loved being able to share so many delicious recipe with y’all. I’m also looking forward to a rest cause I’m pooped. HaHa!

I’ll have family and friends gathering here in a few days for our annual Christmas dinner that we host and after it’s over I plan to have a week of rest.

Sausage Cups with Cream Cheese

You’ll find the filling of this recipe handy and versatile. Besides using it as a savory filling in these fillo cups, it could be spread on pastry then rolled up, cut and baked for delicious pinwheels….or as a fried wonton filling. 

Easy holiday finger foods with Jimmy Dean Sausage and fillo cups

What Ingredients Do You Need For These Savory Mini Tartlets?

Make these sausage in tart shell appetizers with just 5 ingredients plus a little parsley for garnish if desired. Here’s what you’ll need: hot breakfast sausage, cream cheese, Athens miniature fillo tart shells, sharp cheddar cheese, smoked cheddar cheese…plus a tablespoon of dried parsley for garnish. 

Make Ahead Appetizers

Can these hot sausage in tart shells be made ahead? Yes! In fact, I make the filling and baked up a batch then allowed them to cool completely. I packed them up for the freezer and froze them. Just reheat in the oven and serve. 

Party appetizers on a dining table

Smokey Cheesy Sausage Phyllo Cups

Okay, let’s make the filling for these out of this world delicious appetizers!

Step 1: Cook the breakfast sausage in a small frying pan and crumble into small pieces. When cooked through, drain well.

Preheat your oven to 350°F (176°C)

Step 2: Place the cooked sausage, cream cheese and grated cheeses into a mixing bowl. Use a hand mixer to combine.

Step 3: Arrange tart shells on a baking sheet. Fill the tart shells with a teaspoon or so of the filling mixture. I used two small spoons to fill the shells and thought it made it a bit easier. Bake for 10 minutes. 

Garnish with dried parsley (if desired) and serve immediately. 

Spicy Sausage Tarts Recipe

Delicious holiday appetizers with cream cheese

These phyllo tart appetizers are the perfect creamy and savory finger food for your next gathering! 

More Easy Appetizers You Might Enjoy

Easy Cream Cheese Sausage Balls, Holiday Baked Brie, and Hot Collard & Artichoke Dip

Spicy Sausage Tarts

Yield: 30 Sausage Tarts

Spicy Sausage Tarts

Spicy Sausage Tarts in Phyllo mini cups on a white platter for a Christmas and New Year party

Spicy Sausage Tarts are an easy and delicious appetizer with a creamy savory filling with crunchy phyllo shells...the perfect finger food for any occasion.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1/2 lb Hot Breakfast Sausage (I used Jimmy Dean)
  • 4 oz Cream Cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 2 Boxes of Athens Miniature Fillo Tart Shells (15 per box)
  • 2 oz Sharp Cheddar Cheese, grated
  • 1 oz Smoked Cheddar Cheese, grated
  • 1/2 tbs Dried Parsley Flakes, for garnish if desired


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Cook the breakfast sausage in a small skillet, crumbling as it cooks, until done.
  3. Drain the cooked sausage well.
  4. Add the sausage, grated cheddar, grated smoked cheddar and softened cream cheese to a mixing bowl.
  5. Use a hand mixer to combine the mixture thoroughly.
  6. Fill the phyllo tart cup shells with about a teaspoon of the filling mixture.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes.
  8. Garnish with parsley flakes if desired and serve immediately.


Recipe can easily be doubled.

Finished sausage tart appetizers freeze well if carefully packed. Just reheat in a 350 °F oven for 10 minutes.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 69Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 97mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 3g

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Claudia Lamascolo

Saturday 26th of January 2019

I just love the idea of these appetizers with sausage and cheese. I just made some sausage and will try these for the family dinner. I think they were be gone faster than I can make them!

Julia Jordan

Saturday 26th of January 2019

Thanks, Claudia! I know they'll be a hit. They are so delicious and it's hard to just eat one.


Friday 21st of December 2018

Anything with sausage and cream cheese is a winner in my book. These look amazing!

Julia Jordan

Friday 21st of December 2018

Carlee, I feel the same way! Thanks, Girl! Have a merry Christmas. Julia

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