Hot Sausage Canapes {aka “Man Squares”}

hot sausage canapes

The first time Husband had these Hot Sausage Canapes, he immediately renamed them “Man Squares.” They are perfect to keep on hand for those times when the guys gather at your house to watch the game. Believe me, they’ve made me a hero during more than one football/hockey/basketball playoff.

A friend served these when we first moved in to the neighborhood, and I’m pretty sure both Husband and I had more than the amount she had estimated each guest would consume. They were deliciously naughty. When my neighbor shared her recipe, I saw why. It called for ground beef, hot pork sausage and Velveeta. I was determined make it a little healthier – but challenged not to lose the flavor.

hot sausage canapes

I substituted ground turkey and turkey sausage for the ground beef and pork sausage. In fact, I went a step further, and ground my own turkey. {I really like knowing what’s in my food!} A quick internet search turned up a copycat recipe for Jimmy Dean’s sausage, so I used that to spice it up. I’ll post that soon.

Mimicking the creaminess of the Velveeta just took a combination of cream cheese, extra sharp cheddar and a little bit of milk.

If you want the original recipe, I’ve included that here too – as written by my neighbor Margaret!

One recipe makes about 45 of these little tasty morsels.

Freezer Friendly! Just freeze them on a cookie sheet, then seal in freezer bags until you need them.

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Hot Sausage Canapes
Serves: 15
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 pound hot turkey sausage
  • 8 ounces ⅓-less-fat cream cheese, cut into cubes
  • 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon garlic salt
  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 loaf Cocktail Rye Bread {such as Rubschlager's}
  1. Brown the sausage together in a large skillet. Drain any fat.
  2. Add cream cheese, cheddar and milk, stirring until cheese is melted.
  3. Stir in oregano, garlic salt and Worcestershire sauce. Mix well.
  4. Preheat oven to 400º.
  5. Place about 1 tablespoon of meat mixture on each bread slice, spreading to edges. Place canapes on large cookie sheet and bake until cheese is bubbly and starting to brown, about 12 minutes.
Make ahead! Place cookie sheet in freezer for at least 2 hours, then seal frozen canapes in freezer bags until ready to use. Add about 5-7 minutes to cooking time.

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Hot Sausage Canapes ORIGINAL RECIPE
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound Jimmy Dean Hot Pork Sausage
  • 1 pound Velveeta
  • 1 Tbs oregano
  • ½ tsp garlic salt
  • ½ tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • party rye bread
  1. Brown meat and drain fat. Slice cheese thin. Add spices and cheese to meat. Spread on party rye. Freeze on cookie sheets. Store in plastic bags. When time to serve brown under broiler 3 minutes. Let stay in oven after turning off broiler. If no broiler, bake at 450 for 8-10 minutes.


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8 Responses to Hot Sausage Canapes {aka “Man Squares”}

  1. Lynn Bachman May 21, 2014 at 12:20 pm #

    Love the revision version Morgan. Back in the 70’s teaching years, we made these super appetizers and called them “Amos Browns”. You are all set for Super Bowl 2018 with your Minnesota “Man Squares” – bet they could even go on a stick !

    • Morgan Wood May 21, 2014 at 12:25 pm #

      Thanks Lynn! They are yummy… I’d never heard of “Amos Browns!” And hadn’t considered putting them on a stick – maybe that’s a “happy hour” project for you and me one of these days!

  2. Bob N. May 21, 2014 at 12:53 pm #

    This gets a big “yum!” from me.

  3. Sue Kephart May 24, 2014 at 3:34 pm #

    I can hardly wait to try these, they look delicious! Great for the big eating son-in-laws.

  4. Sherri@The Well Floured Kitchen May 30, 2014 at 8:58 pm #

    Although I’m sure the men would like it, they’d have to fight past me to get any! Looks amazing! Pinning :)

    • Morgan Wood June 9, 2014 at 9:49 am #

      Sherri, let me know what you think! I have 2 dozen in the freezer right now, but I’ve been known to pull out “a few” for my own little lunch party!

  5. Rachel Ballard June 15, 2014 at 4:41 pm #

    Oh Morgan these look great! I love that you used turkey sausage as a lower fat option too. My hubby’s on a diet but I still think he would enjoy this as a hot snack. I’m going to share it on my Facebook page! Love ya!

  6. Carol Buchanan February 18, 2016 at 10:32 am #

    I think this may be my new family favorite! Thanks Morgan!

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