This sausage pinwheels recipe is everything you need for game day or as an easy appetizer.
These pinwheels have a delicious sausage filling that is wrapped in buttery crescent roll dough. It's one of the easiest appetizer recipes to make.
Why You Will Love This Recipe
Easy recipe This recipe just takes a few simple ingredients to create. Made with basically, sausage and crescent rolls, this is one of those recipes that I make whenever I need simple hot appetizer.
Tasty. This sausage pinwheel recipe is a delicious appetizer idea. The savory flavors of the sausage goes great with the creamy filling. This is a family favorite party appetizer at our home.
Quick recipe. This sausage pinwheel appetizer recipe comes together in about 20 minutes, making it one of the easiest party food appetizers ever!
Sausage Cream Cheese Pinwheels Ingredients
- Sausage.- I used Italian sausage
- Crescent dough.
- Italian seasoning
- Cheddar Cheese
- Green onions - optional
- Salt and Black Pepper
See recipe card for quantities.
- medium bowl
- large skillet
- cookie sheet
- Parchment paper
- Sharp knife.variations
How to Make Easy Sausage Pinwheels
Step 1 - In a large skillet, cook and crumble sausage over medium-high heat until no longer pink, 5-7 minutes; drain. Add the Italian seasoning, salt and pepper and cook and stir 2 minutes.
Step 2 --Unroll 1 can of crescent dough and spread out the 4 rectangles.
Step 3 - In a medium bowl, cream cheese into sausage mixture with a wooden spoon until blended. Let cool.
Step 4 - Spread the sausage filling on top of the crescent roll dough.
Step 5 - Top sausage mixture with shredded cheese.
Step 6 - Roll first dough square into a log and pinch seam with fingertips to secure.
Wrap in plastic wrap or wax paper and place in the freezer for about an hour.
Step 7- Preheat oven to 350°. Using a serrated knife into small pieces - about 1" each.
Step 8 - Bake on prepared baking sheets and bake 15 - 18 minutes, until golden brown and serve.
These come out ready to eat.
Substitutions & Variations
- You can add chopped Red peppers or onions to the sausage mixture for added depth.
- An Egg wash can be brushed on the pinwheels before baking
- Sausage Variety - I used pork sausage but you could use chicken or turkey sausage.
- A Puff pastry sheet could be used in place of the crescent roll dough.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
- You can make two rolls instead of one long roll when working with dough. Just repeat the filling process with the second roll.
- You can use the little bags of already cooked breakfast sausage (think Jimmy Dean) to save some time.
- You can use pre-shredded cheese.
- Use single sheet canned pasty crescent dough, which is a new item I’ve seen at the grocery store.
How much filling should I put in each pinwheel so I don't overstuff it?
Plan on about 1-2 tablespoons of filling per roll-up to prevent bursting.
What spices could I add to these pinwheels?
Great choices are rosemary, garlic powder, or red chili flakes.
What is a good dipping sauce to go with these pinwheels?
More Easy Appetizers
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Sausage Pinwheels Recipe
- 1 lg. pork sausage
- 2 8 oz cans crescent roll dougn
- 1 8 oz. pacakge cream cheese
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- salt and black pepper to taste
- In a large skillet, crumble sausage and cook over medium-high heat until no longer pink, about 5-7 minutes.
- Drain sausage. Add Italian Seasoning, salt and pepper and cook an additional 2 minutes. Let cool.
- In a large bowl, add cream cheese and sausage and stir until blended.
- Unroll 1 can of crescent dough and separate into 4 rectangles.
- Use a rolling pin or glass to roll dough into 2 small rectangles.
- Spread half of the cream cheese mixture/sausage mixture on the first roll and then repeat with the second roll.
- Wrap irolls n plastic wrap or wax paper and place in the freezer for about an hour.
- Preheat oven to 350°. Using a sharp knife, cut pinwheels in 1" sections.
- Bake on prepared baking sheets 15 - 18 minutes until golden brown.
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