RITZ Sausage and Cheese Bites

Homemade meatballs are the secret to these delicious party appetizers. Make ahead and freeze the meatballs to make last minute party prep easier.

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Prep time:

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Total time:

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Ingredient list

  • 78 RITZ Crackers, divided
  • 1 lb. ground Italian sausage
  • 1 red pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 cup shredded low-moisture part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ½ grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • ⅔ cup marinara sauce
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil

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Recipe Tips


Heat oven to 350°F.


Cover rimmed baking sheet with foil; spray with cooking spray.


Crush 30 crackers. Reserve 1/4 cup crumbs for later use. Mix remaining cracker crumbs with sausage, peppers, mozzarella, egg and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese until blended.


Shape into 48 (1-inch) meatballs, using about 1 Tbsp. meat mixture for each meatball.


Combine reserved cracker crumbs and remaining Parmesan cheese in shallow dish. Add meatballs, 1 at a time, to crumb mixture; turn to evenly coat all sides of each meatball with crumb mixture. Place on prepared baking sheet.


Bake 10 to 15 min. or until done (160°F.). About 5 min. before meatballs are done, heat marinara sauce.


Top crackers with meatballs; drizzle with marinara sauce. Sprinkle with basil.