Looking for an easy appetizer? These Chardonnay Italian Sausage Bites are it! Italian sausage are cut into bite-size pieces, simmered in chardonnay and then quickly browned under your broiler. Plate and serve with a simple spicy mustard dip. Serves a crowd in under 1 hour.

Chardonnay Italian Sausage Bites

A party isn’t a party with out great appetizers.

And these addictive chardonnay Italian sausage bites (also known in our house as “the sausages”) have it all. They’re simple to make, only call for a few ingredients and are ridiculously delicious. I only have these once a year at my family’s Christmas get together. And it’s not a Christmas get together unless “the sausages” make an appearance. The recipe is my sister Julie and my brother-in-law Jeff’s signature app they make every year. And with their blessing, I get to share the recipe with you!

Everyone who’s had these Italian sausage bites loves them. And if you’re wondering, no there’s not any strong wine flavor, just sausage deliciousness (trust me, my husband would know and even he loves these). As for what to dip these in? I made up a quick spicy mustard.

Chardonnay Italian Sausage Bites

What’s better than a crispy sausage dipped in mustard ? Maybe that ice cold beer you’ll drink to wash it all down. 😉 

spicy mustard dip ingredients

To make This spicy mustard dip you will need:

  • mayonnaiseAdds flavor and creaminess.
  • yellow mustardAdds a sharp tangy flavor.
  • srirachaFor a delicious spicy kick.
  • garlic powderAdds flavor that’s sweeter yet milder than fresh garlic.
  • paprikaAdds color and subtle flavor.
  • kosher saltEnhances the flavors in this dip.
  • freshly ground black pepperThis will add some subtle bite and flavor.

stir dip ingredients

In a medium bowl combine 3/4 cup mayonnaise, 1/4 cup plus to tablespoons yellow mustard, 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon [more or less to taste] Sriracha hot sauce, 1 teaspoon paprika and 1/2 teaspoon both kosher salt and black pepper.


Mix until combined, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Italian sausages

What Type of Sausages To Use for Sausage Bites?

What was recommended to me was Premio brand sausages, which are sold at Costco [hence the 5 lbs!], but any good quality mild, sweet or hot Italian sausages will work.

slice sausages

Slice each link into 4 bite-size pieces. 5 pounds of sausages will yield roughly around 80 or so bites. Trust me, 80 is both enough and not enough at the same time ;).

add sausages to a pot with chardonnay

Then add the sausage pieces into a large stockpot and pour in the entire bottle of wine. Cover and bring to a boil on high heat, reduce to medium-low and simmer for 40 minutes.

If your sausage bites aren’t totally submerged in the wine, don’t worry – they will still get fully cooked as the bubbles rise and the cooked sausages settle.

bottle of chardonnay

What type of Chardonnay is Best for This recipe?

I’m using Oyster Bay Chardonnay because I love it — all their whites actually (although I have yet to try their red yet). No this is not a sponsored post, they don’t even know I exist – I would just recommend using a wine you like to sip.

simmered sausages

Now your home should smell amazing!

wine poached sausage bites

Wine and Italian sausage mmmmm!

browned sausage bites

To give these Italian sausage bites some color, place them onto a metal, rimmed baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Next, move your oven rack so it sits about 4 inches underneath the heating element and preheat your broiler on high. Once preheated, slide the pan of sausages underneath the broiler for 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown. Then using tongs, carefully turn the sausages and brown for another 2 to 3 minutes.

Then simply serve on a platter with the spicy mustard dip!

use toothpicks for these Chardonnay Italian Sausage Bites

These chardonnay Italian sausage bites are not just good football food, they would be a fantastic appetizer for any gathering when you need to feed a large crew, Super Bowl or no Super Bowl.

Chardonnay Italian Sausage Bites

Enjoy! And if you give this Chardonnay Italian Sausage Bites recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

platter of Chardonnay Italian Sausage Bites

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Chardonnay Italian Sausage Bites with Spicy Mustard Dip

Your Super Bowl party isn't complete without these Chardonnay Italian Sausage Bites and a bowl of this simple spicy mustard dip! Italian sausage is cut into bite-size pieces and simmered in chardonnay, then quickly browned under your broiler until crisp and ready to be plated and served with a spicy mustard dip. Serves a crowd in under 1 hour.



  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise, homemade or store-bought
  • 6 tablespoons prepared yellow mustard
  • 2 teaspoons Sriracha, more or less to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely grated
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  • 5 pounds Italian sausages, sweet, mild or hot, cut into fourths (I use Premio brand at Costco)
  • 1 bottle chardonnay wine



  • Meanwhile whisk together the mayo, mustard, sriracha, garlic, paprika, salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.


  • Place the quartered sausages into a large pot and pour in the whole bottle of chardonnay. Cover and bring to a boil.
  • Once boiling, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 40 minutes or until fully cooked. Stir the sausages occasionally to keep them from sticking.
  • Once the sausage bites are fully cooked, remove and place them onto a rimmed metal baking sheet that is lined with aluminum foil.
  • Arrange your oven rack so it is 4-inches below the broiler, and preheat your oven to broil (on high).
  • Slide the pan of sausage bites underneath the broiler for 2 to 3 minutes, rotating the pan at 1½ minutes or until all are evenly browned on top. Remove the pan and carefully turn each sausage bite before sliding the pan back under your broiler for another 2 to 3 minutes, again, rotating the pan at the 1½ minute mark to ensure even browning.
  • Remove and let cool slightly before transferring the sausage bites to a clean platter.
  • Serve with the spicy mustard dip and toothpicks!


Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on SimplyScratch.com should only be used as a general guideline.
Keep in mind, the nutritional value is figuring a whole bottle of wine which is used to poach the sausage. You aren't actually consuming the bottle.
Serving: 2sausages, Calories: 453kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 16g, Fat: 42g, Saturated Fat: 14g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g, Monounsaturated Fat: 18g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 90mg, Sodium: 1002mg, Potassium: 298mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 17IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 25mg, Iron: 1mg