Sausage Bites are one of Jeff's and my favorite appetizers. Brown and Serve link sausage is wrapped in a seasoned crescent dough, sliced into bite size pieces then baked. Yum. These delicious little bites are good served with eggs for breakfast, too.
Jeff and I first experienced Sausage Bites at a friend's several years ago. Cindi, the Sausage Bites making friend, makes these for us when she hosts because she knows we like them so much. My recipe is slightly different than Cindi's. Her recipe is delicious, I just tweaked the recipe a bit for us. We love garlic, so I added garlic and changed oregano to Italian Seasoning.
This recipe can be altered to fit your taste. You can adjust the spices that are added to the butter. There are times I "forget" to add the Parmesan Cheese and the bites are still tasty. 🙂 The Parmesan Cheese adds a bit of a sharp taste.
We like to use sausage links that are a bit sweet, so we use Banquet Brown 'n Serve Vermont Maple Sausage Links. Banquet is the only brand of sausage links available where I normally shop. They have other flavor varieties, such as Original, Turkey and Hot & Spicy. We like the sweetness of the Vermont Maple because it compliments the garlic. However, we have used other varieties and we like them all. We just prefer the sweeter variety.
The sausage links come ten to a package, which works out perfectly. The crescents open up to just the right size for 10-sausage links.
We use Pillsbury Original Crescent Rolls as the dough for this tasty appetizer. The dough bakes to a light and fluffy bread. If you prefer a heavier dough, you can use any of the Pillsbury biscuit dough.
Another appetizer that is similar to this one is Andouille Sausage Bites. It uses puff pastry as the dough and is complimented with a Dijonnaise dipping sauce.
I hope you enjoy the Sausage Bites!
- 8 ounces crescent rolls I use Pillsbury Crescents.
- 10 brown and serve sausage links, frozen I use Banquet Vermont Maple sausage links. Original or other flavor will work just as well.
- 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
- 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
- 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese
- Preheat the oven to 375F.
- Lightly spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Set aside.
- Open the can of crescent rolls and lay them flat.
- Gently pat the dough until the seams are gone. Set aside.
- Melt the butter. I melt it in the microwave but you can use the stove top if you prefer.
- Add the Italian Seasonings and Garlic to the butter and stir to combine.
- Using a pastry brush, spread the butter and spice mixture over the dough.
- Sprinkle the Parmesan Cheese over the dough.
- Lay five sausages end to end at one edge of the dough.
- Lay the remaining five sausages end to end at the middle of the dough.
- Using a sharp knife, slice the dough around the sausages so that each sausage has it's own rectangle. You will make one horizontal cut below the five sausages you laid end to end in the middle of the dough. You will make four vertical cuts that are between the sausages.
- Carefully separate one dough rectangle and roll around the sausage. Gently squeeze with your hand so that the dough sticks to the sausage link. Set aside. Repeat with the remaining sausage links.
- Take one sausage link wrapped in the dough and cut it in half. Cut each half in half again so that you have four pieces. Lay flat on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining sausage links.
- Bake in a preheated oven for 12-15 minutes, or until the dough is golden brown.