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These cheesy Sausage Balls without Bisquick use just a few simple ingredients and couldn’t be easier to make. A tasty twist on a classic recipe, these sausage balls are great appetizers for game days, holidays or just delicious snacking with your favorite dipping sauce.
Crescent Dough Sausage Ball Recipe
If you’re like a lot of people, you love the classic and very popular Bisquick Sausage Balls recipe for years. But if you’re looking for a fun and delicious way to change things up, you’ll definitely want to try these sausage balls made with crescent dough.
They’re made with small pieces of crescent dough that are mixed into a cheesy sausage mixture. Then they’re rolled up into little bite-sized balls and baked until they puff up and turn a gorgeous golden brown.
These savory sausage balls are so flavorful and always the ultimate finger food for serving a crowd. The great thing is that you can either serve them at room temperature or warm with your favorite dipping sauce. They would also make a perfect addition to one of these Charcuterie Board Ideas.
💖 Why We Love This Recipe
- Simple recipe: This easy recipe makes a delicious appetizer using simple ingredients.
- Fun twist: Crescent roll dough adds a delightful change to the traditional Bisquick sausage balls recipe.
- Customizable: You can make them with different combinations of cheeses, herbs, and types of sausage. Keep reading for some great suggestions.
- Make ahead: They’re the perfect appetizer for making in advance. You can mix up the dough and roll out the sausage balls several hours up to a day before baking.
- Large bowl
- Aluminum foil (or parchment paper)
- Large baking sheet
- Cooking spray
- Pizza cutter (or sharp knife)
- Ground pork sausage
- Dried Rosemary
- Shredded cheddar
- Crescent rolls
- Flour (you can use all purpose flour or self-rising flour)
👩🏼🍳How to make Homemade Sausage Balls without Bisquick Mix
Preheat oven to 375°. Cover baking sheet with foil or parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.
Step 1. In a large mixing bowl, combine sausage, shredded cheese and rosemary.
Step 2. Mix well until combined.
Step 3. Take your tube of crescent rolls and unroll them on a flat surface. Dust each side of the dough with one tablespoon of flour.
Step 4. Using a pizza cutter or a sharp knife, cut crescent dough in horizontal strips. Then cut the strips vertically to form squares approximately 1/4″.
Step 5. Add the dough squares a little at a time, mixing them into the sausage ball mixture.
Step 6. With the palms of your hands, shape sausage into approximately 42, 1-inch balls.
Note: Keep in mind, you want them to be little balls. Once they’re baked, the dough will puff up to make sausage balls that are just a little smaller than a golf ball.
Step 7. Place the uncooked sausage balls on baking sheet.
Step 8. Cook for 15-17 minutes or until golden brown.
Step 9. Serve at room temperature or warm with spicy mustard, honey mustard or your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy!
Store leftover sausage balls in an airtight container.
Though these delicious sausage balls are excellent served at room temperature, they will need to be stored in the fridge when not serving.
Variations of Easy Sausage Balls :
- Sausage: We used ground Italian sausage but you can use regular ground breakfast sausage, turkey sausage or for spicy sausage balls, hot sausage.
- Seasonings: You can get really creative with the type of herbs and spices you use. For more Italian flavor, skip the rosemary and use an Italian seasoning blend. For a kick of heat mix in a dash of cayenne pepper. Or just add more flavor with some onion powder and garlic powder.
- Cheese: White cheddar goes so well with these sausage balls, but you can use mild or sharp cheddar cheese. Pepper Jack or Monterey Jack or other great choices. You can add parmesan cheese along with other melty cheeses to give them even more of an Italian twist.
How Long are Sausage Balls Good For?
Keep them in the fridge in an airtight container and they’ll stay fresh for about 5-6 days. This makes them a great option for a quick heat and go breakfast.
Can I Freeze Leftovers?
Absolutely! Just place the baked sausage balls on a cookie sheet and put them in the freezer for about 45 minutes to an hour. Then just drop them into a freezer bag and into the freezer for up to about 3-4 months.
To reheat them, just pop them in the microwave for about 15 seconds!
Tips for Making the Best Sausage Balls:
This a very straightforward recipe, but there are a couple of tips that help make your cheesy sausage balls perfect every time:
- For best results, grate your own cheese. I know this is an extra step, but pre-shredded is coated with anti-caking agents that prevents it from melting as well as block cheese.
- To prevent the sausage balls from having doughy spots, make sure that you cut the crescent dough into small pieces.
- Roll them into as close to the same size ball as you can. If you need help, you can use a small cookie scoop. This allows all of them to bake evenly in the same amount of time.
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Sausage Balls Without Bisquick
- 16 ounces sausage
- 8 ounces shredded cheddar
- 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
- 8 ounces crescent rolls 1 can/tube
- 2 tbsp flour
- In a large mixing bowl, combine sausage, shredded cheese and rosemary.16 ounces sausage, 8 ounces shredded cheddar, 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
- Mix well until combined.
- Take your tube of crescent rolls and unroll them on a flat surface. Dust each side of the dough with one tablespoon of flour.8 ounces crescent rolls, 2 tbsp flour
- Using a pizza cutter or a sharp knife, cut crescent dough in horizontal strips. Then cut the strips vertically, to form squares approximately 1/4″.
- Add the dough squares a little at a time, mixing them into the sausage ball mixture.
- With the palms of your hands, shape sausage into approximately 42, 1-inch balls. Note: Keep in mind, you want them to be little balls because once they are baked the dough is going to puff up to make sausage balls that are just a little smaller than a golf ball.
- Place the uncooked sausage balls on baking sheet.
- Cook for 15-17 minutes or until golden brown.
- Serve at room temperature or warm with spicy mustard, honey mustard or your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy!