Sage Sausage Bites with Strawberry-Apricot Balsamic Dipping Sauce


  • ½ red onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Bella Oliva Single Varietal EVOO (Mild), plus additional for brushing the bake pan
  • ¼ cup Bella Oliva Strawberry Balsamic Vinegar
  • ¾ cup apricot preserves
  • ⅓ cup spicy brown mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound sage flavored sausage
  • ½ cup Italian Panko bread crumbs


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Heat 1 tablespoon of EVOO in a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Sauté chopped red onions for about 1-2 minutes until onions start to soften. Add the ¼ cup of balsamic and reduce by half, about 90 seconds. Remove balsamic-onion mixture from heat and combine with the 1/3 cup spicy brown mustard and ¾ cup apricot preserves. Add ¼ teaspoon of salt and stir until well combined.
  2. Place the 1 pound of sausage into a medium-sized mixing bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of the dipping sauce directly into the sausage and mix well. Form sausage into bite-sized balls and fully coat in the Italian bread crumbs. Place the sausage bites onto a bake pan lightly brushed with the EVOO.
  3. Bake for about 15-18 minutes until evenly brown. Turn sausage bites often while baking to achieve a uniform browning. Drain sausage bites on a paper towel and serve with toothpicks and dipping sauce.


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