Sausage Cream Cheese Pinwheels

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Sausage cream cheese pinwheels are a scrumptious and easy-to-make appetizer, featuring a savory blend of spicy sausage and smooth cream cheese rolled in flaky crescent dough.

When baked, they transform into golden, bite-sized spirals with a delightful mix of rich, creamy filling and crispy, buttery pastry, making them an irresistible choice for gatherings and parties!

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Ro-Tel Sausage Pinwheels

Sausage and cream cheese pinwheels made with crescent roll sheets are a delightful treat- they are creamy, rich, savory, and loaded with sausage flavor!

These pinwheels are always a hit at parties, or as afterschool snacks – I like to make a big batch and pop them in the fridge so when my kids are off school they can reheat for a meaty snack that holds hungry teens over until dinner.

Perfect for parties or as a comforting snack, these pinwheels are super simple with ingredients you probably have on hand – and pack a flavorful punch. You also prep and freeze them for easy party prep!

We hope you love this recipe as much as we do.

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How to Make Sausage Pinwheels

First assemble the following ingredients:

  • Roll breakfast sausage (1-lb) – Sausage offers a robust and savory flavor, often seasoned with a blend of herbs and spices that can range from mildly herby to distinctly spicy.
  • Italian seasoning (1 tbsp) – Italian seasoning is a fragrant and savory blend of dried herbs like basil, oregano, rosemary, and thyme, offering a warm, slightly sweet, and earthy flavor profile reminiscent of Mediterranean cuisine.
  • Cream cheese (8 oz) – Cream cheese has a mild, slightly tangy taste with a rich and creamy texture, making it a versatile base for both sweet and savory dishes.
  • Rotel diced tomatoes and green chilies (10-oz) – Rotel Diced Tomatoes with Green Chiles combine the juicy, mildly sweet flavor of tomatoes with the zesty, slightly spicy kick of green chiles, creating a vibrant and tangy taste perfect for adding a bold twist to dishes.
  • Crescent dough sheets (16 oz) – Crescent roll sheets have a buttery, slightly sweet flavor with a delightfully flaky and tender texture, perfect for both sweet and savory fillings.

Use this Method

Combine Filling. In a large bowl, mix together cooked sausage, italian sausage, cream cheese, and drained Rotel tomatoes and green chilies.

Assemble. Open each can of dough and roll into a rectangle. Spread each rectangle with ½ of the cream cheese mixture. Roll each rectangle up jelly roll style and cut into 16 pinwheels (32 total). Place on a parchment-paper lined baking sheet.

Bake and Serve. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes at 375 degrees, or until golden brown.

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Tips and Tricks for Making Sausage Cream Cheese Roll Ups

Choose Quality Sausage: Opt for high-quality sausage for better flavor. You can use mild or spicy depending on your preference.

Soften the Cream Cheese: Ensure the cream cheese is at room temperature before mixing. This makes it easier to blend with other ingredients and spread.

Season Well: Don’t forget to season the sausage and cream cheese mixture with herbs and spices like garlic powder, onion powder, or paprika for added flavor.

Roll Tightly: When assembling, roll the dough tightly to ensure the pinwheels hold their shape and have even layers of sausage and cream cheese.

Chill Before Slicing: Chill the rolled log in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes. This makes slicing into individual pinwheels much easier and cleaner.

Sharp Knife for Slicing: Use a sharp knife to cut the pinwheels. A serrated knife can help make clean cuts without squishing the dough.

Don’t Overcrowd the Baking Sheet: Leave space between each pinwheel on the baking sheet to allow them to cook evenly and become crispy.

Egg Wash for a Golden Finish: Brush the pinwheels with an egg wash before baking for a beautiful golden color.

Keep an Eye on the Oven: Bake until they are golden brown and puffed up, but watch them closely to prevent burning.

Serve Warm: These pinwheels are best enjoyed warm, making them a great choice for parties or gatherings where they can be eaten soon after baking.

FAQs

What type of sausage is best for these pinwheels?

You can use any type of ground sausage you prefer. Italian sausage, both sweet and spicy, is a popular choice for its flavor, but breakfast sausage or even turkey sausage works well too.

Do I need to cook the sausage first?

Yes, the sausage should be fully cooked and cooled before mixing with the cream cheese and adding to the dough.

Can I use flavored cream cheese?

Absolutely! Flavored cream cheese like garlic and herb can add an extra layer of taste to your pinwheels.

Can I make these pinwheels in advance?

Yes, you can prepare the pinwheels and store them in the refrigerator overnight before slicing and baking. You can also freeze the rolled log and

How do I prevent the pinwheels from becoming soggy?

Make sure the sausage is well-drained and cooled after cooking to prevent excess moisture. Also, avoid overloading the dough with the filling.

What’s the best way to slice the pinwheels?

Use a sharp or serrated knife, and try to cut them into even sizes, about 1/2 inch thick. Chilling the rolled log in the refrigerator before slicing can make this process easier.

Can I add vegetables to the filling?

Yes, adding finely chopped vegetables like bell peppers, onions, or spinach can enhance the flavor and nutritional value. Just make sure to sauté them first to remove excess moisture.

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What to Serve with Sausage Pinwheels

Fresh Vegetable Platter: A selection of fresh vegetables like carrots, celery, bell peppers, and cucumbers offers a crunchy and healthy contrast to the rich pinwheels.

Marinara or Salsa Dip: These dips can add a tangy or spicy touch, complementing the savory flavors of the pinwheels. Try my Chipotle Hot Salsa.

Cheese Board: Offering a variety of cheeses provides guests with a delightful way to mix and match flavors.

Fruit Salad or Skewers: The sweetness and freshness of fruits can balance the richness of the pinwheels.

Mixed Nuts: A bowl of assorted nuts gives guests an additional savory and crunchy option to snack on.

Mustard or Aioli Dip: Dips like honey mustard or garlic aioli can enhance the flavors of the pinwheels with their creamy and tangy profiles.

Green Salad: A simple green salad with a light vinaigrette dressing can add a fresh and light element to the meal. Try my kale apple salad.

Chips and Pretzels: They provide an additional salty and crunchy component that pairs well with the creamy texture of the pinwheels.

Cocktail Beverages: Serving assorted beverages, including cocktails, mocktails, or wine, can complement the flavors of the pinwheels and add a festive touch to the occasion.

Soup: A light soup, like a vegetable broth or a tomato soup, can be a warm and comforting addition, especially if the pinwheels are part of a larger meal. Try Cheeseburger Soup or Zuppa Toscano!

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Sausage Cream Cheese Pinwheels

Yield: 16 pinwheels
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Sausage cream cheese pinwheels tantalize the palate with a delightful fusion of spicy, savory sausage and smooth, rich cream cheese, all encased in a buttery, flaky crescent pastry.

Ingredients

  • 1 (1-lb) roll breakfast sausage , cooked and crumbled
  • 1 tbsp italian seasoning
  • 1 (8-oz) cream cheese , softened
  • 1 (10-oz) can Rotel diced tomatoes and green chilies drained very well
  • 2 (8-oz) cans refrigerated crescent dough sheets

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together cooked sausage, italian sausage, cream cheese, and drained Rotel tomatoes and green chilies.
  3. Open each can of dough and roll into a rectangle. Spread each rectangle with ½ of the cream cheese mixture. Roll each rectangle up jelly roll style and cut into 16 pinwheels (32 total). Place on a parchment-paper lined baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, or until golden brown. Enjoy warm!
Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 71Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 14mgSodium 150mgCarbohydrates 5gFiber 1gSugar 2gProtein 3g

Nutrition is automatically calculated by Nutritionix - please verify all nutrition information independently and consult with a doctor or nutritionist for any and all medical and diet advice.

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