January 22, 2013

3-Ingredient Crescent Sausage Bites


Shoooooo!  Cold weather has finally hit down here in the South.  And I.  Don't.  Like it.

Okay, now I know I really don't have anything even remotely close to being okay to complain about.  'Cause, truly, temperatures in the 20s and 30s are not actually cold.  I grew up in Vermont.  I do understand what true cold is.

But now ...

I'm a woose.  Thin-blooded, sun-lovin', warm-weather-spoiled woose.

70 degrees?  Light sweater weather for me.  50 degrees?  Turtleneck sweater.  And a coat.  Definitely a coat.  Maybe even breaking out the mid-length winter wool coat and gloves.  30s?  Most definitely full-length winter wool coat.  Buttoned all the way up.  And gloves.  Below 30?  Can't even stand to think about it.

How on Earth did I survive growing up in Vermont??  It's a perplexing question.  One that my husband poses all the time.


So, what to do, what to do to brave the {I know not-so-really} cold temperatures? ... aside from bundling up in 32 layers of clothing?

Enjoy body-warming comfort food, of course!  Like these super easy 3-ingredient Crescent Sausage Bites ... made with hot sausage.  Though technically party fare, I also whip these up to serve alongside a nice bowl of veggie soup.  Mmmmm ... soup and hot sausage ... that'll warm the belly.


With just 3 simple ingredients, you can bake up a batch of these tasty bites.  Fry up some sausage, mix it with cream cheese, and sandwich it between two layers of crescent roll dough.  Bake it and cut it into small squares.  Done!

And you know what?  These are always a huge party hit ... especially with the guys.  'Cause they've got meat in 'em.  And we all know guys go for the meat.

So, wherever you are, stay warm!  And whip up some comfort food to warm your bellies, my friends.


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Crescent Sausage Bites
Source:  My friend Lynn

Ingredients*
  • 1 lb. hot sausage (pork or turkey)
  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese
  • 2 packages crescent rolls
  • Dash salt & ground black pepper
Directions
  1. In a saute pan, brown sausage; drain. Add a dash of salt and pepper. Blend in cream cheese until the cream cheese is melted.
  2. Unroll one package of crescent rolls and place on a baking sheet. With your fingers, gently press the seams together to seal them. Spread the sausage mixture evenly over the crescent roll dough, leaving about a 1/2-inch border along the edges.
  3. Unroll the remaining package of crescent rolls and place on top of the sausage mixture. Press the edges together to seal. Gently press the seams together.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes, or until crescent roll dough is golden brown.
  5. Cut into small squares and serve.  (A pizza cutter makes really quick and easy work of the cutting.)

*Oh, and a note for those counting the ingredients and thinking, "Hey, there's 4 ingredients listed, not just 3 as Tracey claims."  Generally, salt and pepper aren't counted when counting ingredients.

Enjoy!



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80 comments:

  1. I'm going to try this!!! Looks awesome.

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    1. I made these using 1 pkg of crescent rolls , italian sausage (casing removed),peppers ,onions ,mushrooms and garlic they were delicious ! a big hit with my family ! I would make them again !

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    2. Yes, looks delicious!! I am going to try them, I know my family will love them!

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    3. We had these at a 25th wedding anniversary party and they were great like a handful of biscuits and gravy Yummy!

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  2. This is genius! Pinning.
    Stopping by from Thursday's Treasures.

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  3. Mmm! These will be perfect for my superbowl party! Thanks! I pinned it! Julia @ www.juliakendrick.com

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  4. You would hate it in Utah right now - the high has been around 20 for the last few weeks!! I am totally all over this recipe. I adore anything with crescent rolls! I'd love to have you come and link up at Taste and Tell Thursdays!

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    1. Thanks, Deborah! I popped on over Taste & Tell today ... thanks so much for the invite!

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  5. These look really good and pretty easy too! I have a new Pinterest party and would love to have you share this if you have a chance!!

    http://www.thetaylor-house.com/2013/01/24/pinterest-power-party-3.html

    Thanks!
    Chrissy

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    1. Thank you, Chrissy! I popped on over today. Thanks for inviting me over!

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  6. This sounds amazing! I'm definitely going to make it ASAP. I had one question though, am I actually blending the sausage and cream cheese mixture in a blender/food processor? Or just chopping the sausage and mixing it with the cream cheese?

    Thanks!

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    1. You use bulk sausage or take the sausage meat out of the casings, breaking it up into crumbles as you brown it. Then, just stir the cream cheese into the sausage crumbles right in the saute pan. No need to blender or food process a thing. Enjoy!

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  7. Your Sausage Bites look awesome and they will be perfect for the Big Game Day. Hope you have a great weekend and thanks for sharing your tasty recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  8. That"s our favorite breakfast casserole. But we add a can of chopped drained green chilis stirred in the sausage and philly cheese mix and a layer of shredded mild cheddar cheese on top before we put the top layer of crescents on and bake. Its even better.

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  9. This looks amazing, I love new breakfast ideas and this will be perfect for my family! I am your newest follower!
    Christi
    http://the-not-so-perfect-momblog.blogspot.com/

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  10. These look yummy! I will probably skip the salt and pepper, generally sausage has enough of both. Thanks for sharing!
    I would love it if you would share this (and anything else you have been working on) at my party! http://domesticrandomness.blogspot.com/2013/01/friday-fascinations-9-everything-linky.html

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  11. I make this for brunch. Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with poppy seeds or sesame seeds before baking.

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  12. OMG this looks so good and I have all the fixin's for it. Definitely on my make it this week list.

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  13. I've pinned this and will definitely be trying it soon... looks delish :)

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  14. Ooh these look really delicious... I make a similar meal with chicken instead of sausage, and never thought about doing the same things with different meats... I bet they would be awesome with breakfast sausage in the morning! Definitely trying these!

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  15. Wow, these look yummy. Will definitely try with breakfast sausage and different cheeses.Just pinned!

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  16. Just made this and am taking it to church tonight for our "breakfast fellowship".

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  17. Oh Yum, my husband is going to LOVE this. Would love for you to link up to my party Tuesday at http://www.memoriesbythemile.com/
    Hope to see you there.
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

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  18. Oh these sound SO GOOD!!! And I love that there isn't a long list of ingredients either! Perfect appetizer, thanks for sharing!

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  19. Suggestion--look for the Jimmy Dean Sausage Crumbles at your grocery store. They come in turkey or pork and are fully cooked. Would make it really, really, really easy!!!

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  20. These sound wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

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  21. these look like fun and perfect for the big game. thx for sharing. saw them on pinterest.

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  22. What size baking sheet?

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    1. A standard-sized cookie sheet, or any other baking sheet that accommodates the size of the unrolled crescent dough. Enjoy!

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  23. I am SOOO making these! Congrats - this lovely recipe is being featured as one of our host favorites at Weekend Potluck...come on over and grab your Featured Button! http://thebetterbaker.blogspot.com/2013/02/ranch-mexican-dip-weekend-potluck-52.html

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  24. Sounds good! wonder if i can prepare at night and put in fridge until next morning ? what do you think ?

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    1. You can prepare the sausage & cream cheese mix but I wouldn't put it on the crescents or bake it ahead because it would make it soggy.

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  25. This looks yummalicious! Thanks for sharing with us!

    http://cottagesweetcottage.blogspot.com/

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  26. I use this same filling for stuffed mushrooms...just stuff the wiped-clean caps (stems removed) with the cooked sausage and cream cheese, sprinkle with a litte parmesan cheese and bake for 8-10 mins, declicious! But I am going to make this over the weekend cause who doesn't love ANYthing wrapped in crescent dough...Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Love that idea for stuffed mushrooms. Sounds yummy.

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  27. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you enjoy your new Red Plate and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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  28. do you know if these can be reheated? like make tonight for Super Bowl party tomorrow?

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    1. I have reheated leftovers in the oven for just a bit, but they're definitely better when served 'fresh.' Sorry I didn't see this question in time to get back to you prior to the Super Bowl!

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  29. I use regular mild sausage or maple (which is my favorite) & add a 1/4 cup of shredded parmesan cheese to my sausage & cream cheese mixture. My 15 year old son's favorite breakfast for years!

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    1. That sounds absolutely wonderful and I know my husband would love the maple sausage and I wouldn't mind it either. Different cheeses would give it a different taste and my husband wouldn't mind that either.

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  30. Yes ma'am Jimmy Dean maple sausage is the best!! My friend made this for me about a year or so ago but called it sausage pie because she used a round cake pan:-) whatever pan u make it in it's AWESOME!!

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  31. You should try it with a handfull or two of peperjack cheese.... amazing!

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  32. I always make these with maple sausage and I also add shred. cheddar cheese! yum...its like a little breakfast sandwich!

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    1. That sounds amazing! I'll have to make a note about that combo.

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  33. Whoa, lady! That looks seriously good! And easy. My cup o' tea!

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  34. What size dish do you use. They look very good.

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    1. A standard-sized cookie sheet, or any other baking sheet that accommodates the size of the unrolled crescent dough. Enjoy!

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  35. I have done this, except I roll the crescent rolls up into a log instead of in flat sheets. Then slice into 1/2 inch rounds. Then you can slice off what you want to cook and save the rest in the refrigerator until time to bake.

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  36. I'm from Australia, what is crescent rolls?

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  37. I cooked this Saturday morning using maple sausage. I actually found these to be much more flavorful the next morning. So they do heat up very nicely the next day.

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  38. Hi I'm new to your blog. I found this recipe via Pinterest? I have one question though. Would these be okay to freeze, as long as I don't cook them beforehand?

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  39. Instead of sausage, I tried taco meat -- well drained hamburger meat and/or extremely lean. I loved it.

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  40. Absolutely have to try these. They look so tasty.

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  41. This something I am going to try for a breakfast or a simple lunch for me and my husband.

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  42. This is just genius. I find simple is often the best. I can't wait to make these!
    http://middleclasskitchen.blogspot.com/

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  43. I wonder if this would work if you mixed in uncooked scrambled eggs with the sausage. Would the egg be cooked before the crescent rolls burned?

    Also, it's hard to find, but they make crescent roll dough without the seams. When you can find it, it costs exactly the same as the seamed dough. Don't know about anyone else's location, but here in Central VA, some Martin's carry them.

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  44. I make this all the time. Instead of boring salt and pepper, I use Tony Chachere's and onion powder. Makes it a little more spicy, but not too hot! My friends have family always request the recipe!

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  45. Added bacon n eggs mmmmmm!:)

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  46. We've made these for years. Instead of spreading them in layers we dollop a large tablespoon of sausage mixture onto individual crescent rolls and roll up like directions on package and bake according to package instructions. No cutting afterwards. Always a hit for weekend breakfast at the lakes.

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  47. Looks so good, and I wanted to make it, but I don't know crescent rolls. :(

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  48. Very similar to something my family worships. Only we throw in 2 cups of shredded cheese on in there before covering with the 2nd layer of dough. Yummilicious!!!!

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  49. We must have the same blood running through our veins. Although I am a NoVa native, my parents both grew up in New England - one in NH; the other in upstate NY. I too, am a 'summer girl'. I can relate to every word you typed. Kindred spirits for sure. I will be making this recipe for the men in my life soon. They LOVE all things sausage. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe. I have pinned it already... :)

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  50. I would love to try these but am also in Australia and we don't have crescent rolls.
    Could I use frozen puff pastry?
    Thanks.

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    1. I say give it a try with puff pastry, MaryJo. The bread part will be a bit thicker than with crescent rolls since puff pastry rises more when baked, but the flavor would be about the same. You may have just created a new version of this favorite!

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  51. What.. no cheese :) I make a hot sausage bread with hot sausage and pepper jack cheese. These would be a mini version of the hot bread if I added the cheese. I am so making this for the kids. Thank you for sharing.

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  52. Comfort food sounds so good but it's in the 90's here! And I love it. I'll take summer for as long as possible. I'm right there with you - I'm a total woose about the cold!

    Pinning these!

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  53. PS - LOVE your cutting board! Just clicked over and ordered one for me and one for my Mom (who's a blogger) for Christmas. I'm so excited!

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    1. The cherryBLOX cutting boards make such a GREAT gift!! ... I give them ALL the time. Enjoy, Erin {& Mom}!

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  54. This looks like a delicious appetizer! And I love the cutting board, it's beautiful and what a great idea!!! :)

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  55. This looks amazing!! I love it!!
    I would love to invite you to link it up at our new party Lovely Ladies Linky where you link up once and get seen on 6 blogs!!
    Link up starts Wednesdays!
    http://www.lifewiththecrustcutoff.com/lovely-ladies-linky-link-up-2/
    Hope to see you there :)
    Parrish @ Life With The Crust Cut Off

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  56. Looks yummy! My hubby would love this. Pinning it now!

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  57. I made these last night for our pumpkin carving party and they were a big hit! Everyone wanted the recipe and they disappeared in a flash. I guess I'll be making them for our Christmas party also :)

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  58. Loving these, they look completely delicious!

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  59. Your recipes here look soooooo YUMMY & EASY, can hardly wait to try them!! Thank you for sharing them!

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  60. This sounds awesome with cream cheese! Great idea! Pinned!
    Jaren
    www.diaryofarecipecollector.com

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  61. It's so awesome to see these yummy treats at The Yuck Stops Here link party! Thank you so much for joining us! I can't wait to see what you will bring to the party next week! HUGS

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