A perfect party food: little bites of savory sausage wrapped in golden pastry!
While creating this quick and easy app, I had in mind sausage rolls that are so popular in England. Though I haven't had the pleasure of of trying an authentic British sausage roll — a savory, ground sausage filling wrapped in pastry, they certainly sound like tempting treats!
This version is a flavorful sausage in a bready wrap... it's a pig-in-a-blanket, really. Though since they're made chicken sausages, I guess they're technically a bird in a blanket.
While you'll love these bite-sized snacks
These Sausage Roll Bites are made with pre-cooked sausages instead of loose sausage meat, which makes the prep time quick. Plus using chicken sausage cuts out a lot of the fat found in pork sausage.
They're wrapped in convenient crescent roll dough from a tube. Feel free to use your own homemade pastry or bread dough if you'd rather, but when you're short on time the crescent roll dough is a nice option. Especially when folks find themselves in that situation that I'm often in: dashing to the store to find an easy app for soon-to-be-arriving guests!
The sausage in this recipe includes cheese, so you don’t have to add any cheese to the roll. Sprinkling in a bit of cheese before rolling the sausage up in the dough is something you can do if you like, but don’t get too cheesy because we’re gonna slice these bad boys up.
After the rolls are baked with a beautifully browned exterior, slice them into bite-sized portions and skewer them with toothpicks. Voila: an easy-to-eat snack that was easy to make as well!
🔪 How to make this recipe
Step 1: Prepare the dough
Open the crescent roll dough and roll it out into one large sheet. Use a knife or pizza cutter to cut it into four pieces.
Step 2: Cover the sausages in dough
Place a precooked sausage on each square of dough. Pinch the dough closed around each one. Place them on a lined baking sheet.
Step 3: Brush with egg wash
Brush each sausage roll with egg wash.
Step 4: Bake!
Bake the sausage rolls in a hot oven for around 25 minutes until they're browned.
Step 5: Slice and add toothpicks
Slice each sausage roll into about six pieces. Skewer each piece with a toothpick and arrange them on a serving tray along with a dip.
Set these bites out on a platter with a good dip, like a quality pub mustard, warmed pepper jelly, a cheese sauce if your sausages don't include cheese, - or perhaps my family recipe for Chilli Sauce!
The recipe is below, and here are some more party appetizer treats:
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Sausage Roll Bites
- 12 ounces fully cooked Roasted Garlic & Gruyere chicken sausages (I used a package of 4 sausages from Aidells. You can substitute a flavor variety of your own choosing if you wish)
- 8 ounces crescent roll dough
- 1 large egg
- Toothpicks or party picks
- Dip for the Sausage Roll Bites, such as hearty mustards, pepper jelly, chili sauce or cheese sauce
- Preheat the oven to 375° F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Open the tube of crescent dough and unroll the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Pinch the perforated seams together with your fingers, then use a rolling pin to roll out the sheet of dough to make it just a little thinner and larger.
- Cut the dough with a knife or pizza cutter into 4 equal sections. Place a chicken sausage on each of the dough sections, and roll the dough up around it. Pinch the long seam of the dough closed. Pinch the dough closed at the ends of the sausages. Place the sausage rolls on the prepared baking sheet with space between them.
- Beat the egg together with a teaspoon of water in a small dish. Brush this egg mixture over the sausage rolls, covering all of the surfaces and the ends.
- Bake the sausage rolls for 15 minutes. Place a piece of foil loosely over the tops of the rolls (to prevent over-browning) and bake them for 10 minutes longer. Remove them from the oven and allow them to cool for about 10 minutes.
- Cut each sausage roll crosswise using a sharp knife and cutting board into about six sections. (You may get one more or less slice depending on the size of your sausages.) Skewer each section with a toothpick or party pick down through the top of each slice.
- Arrange the Sausage Roll Bites on a serving platter, along with a small bowl of a dipping sauce of your choice. Serve the bites while they're warm.