Rotel Sausage Cream Cheese Pinwheels

Rotel Sausage Cream Cheese Pinwheels – only 4 ingredients! Spicy Rotel tomatoes, savory sausage, and creamy cream cheese come together in a flaky crescent roll dough for an irresistible appetizer. Perfect for parties, game nights, or any occasion, these pinwheels are sure to be a hit with your guests. Easy to make and impossible to resist, they are the ultimate crowd-pleaser!

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Spicy Sausage Pinwheels

Let me just tell you about the incredible flavor explosion that is Rotel Sausage Cream Cheese Pinwheels. O-M-YUM! These little bites are downright heavenly! The combination of zesty Rotel tomatoes, seasoned sausage, and luscious cream cheese all wrapped up in flaky crescent roll perfection is simply to die for. Each bite bursts with a delicious blend of flavors that’ll have you going back for seconds, thirds, and even more! Whether it’s a game day, party, or a casual get-together, these bites are an absolute crowd-pleaser and disappear faster than you can say “YUM!”

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How to Make Sausage Pinwheels with Crescent Rolls

This recipe is super easy to make with only four simple ingredients. In a large skillet, cook pork sausage over medium-high heat until no longer pink. Drain excess grease. In a bowl, stir together cooked sausage, room-temperature cream cheese, and Rotel diced tomatoes and green chiles. 

Unroll two cans of crescent dough sheets. Spread the sausage mixture over the dough. Roll each rectangle up starting on the long side and use a sharp knife to cut each log into 16 slices. Place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake in a preheated oven until golden brown. Sprinkle baked pinwheels with dried parsley.

Helpful Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can substitute turkey sausage or Italian sausage.
  • If using crescent roll dough, make sure to pinch the seams together.
  • Variations/Additions:
    • green onions
    • cheddar cheese
    • parmesan cheese
    • mozzarella cheese
    • garlic powder
    • onion powder
  • Can I make Sausage Pinwheels in advance? Yes! Spread the sausage mixture over the crescent rolls and roll into a log. Wrap the crescent roll log with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator overnight.
    • When ready to bake the pinwheels, slice into rounds and bake as directed.
  • Can I freeze sausage pinwheels? Yes. Bake the pinwheels and cool to room temperature. Place the rolls into a freezer bag and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
    • Reheat in the microwave or wrap in aluminum foil and reheat in the oven.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.
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What to Serve with Sausage Pinwheels

These pinwheels are a family favorite! They are requested for breakfast, brunch, and parties. When it comes to serving this for breakfast or brunch, you can go wrong with some scrambled eggs or quiche. If you are serving these as an appetizer at a party, whip up your favorite dips such as our Copycat Outback Ranch or Chuy’s Jalapeno Ranch. No matter how you serve these sausage bites, they are sure to be a hit!

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Rotel Sausage & Cream Cheese Pinwheels

Yield: 32 pinwheels
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Rotel Sausage Cream Cheese Pinwheels – only 4 ingredients! Spicy Rotel tomatoes, savory sausage, and creamy cream cheese come together in a flaky crescent roll dough for an irresistible appetizer. Perfect for parties, game nights, or any occasion, these pinwheels are sure to be a hit with your guests. Easy to make and impossible to resist, they are the ultimate crowd-pleaser!

Ingredients:

  • 1 (1-lb) roll breakfast sausage , cooked and crumbled
  • 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:

  • Preheat oven to 375ºF.
  • In a large bowl, mix together cooked sausage, cream cheese, and drained Rotel tomatoes and green chilies.
  • 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 for 15 to 18 minutes, or until golden brown.

Notes:

  • It is very important to drain the Rotel tomatoes. I suggest draining them in a colander and squeezing out any excess liquid with paper towels. You need to get as much moisture out of the tomatoes as possible.
  • I used Jimmy Dean Sausage. Can substitute turkey sausage.
  • I like to pulse the cooked sausage in a food processor to get it very finely chopped. It isn’t necessary, but it helps to get all of the ingredients evenly incorporated.
  • Can substitute low-fat cream cheese if you prefer.
  • You can make the filling ahead of time and refrigerate until ready to assemble the crescents. The filling will keep up to 3 days in the refrigerator.
  • These bites taste great hot out of the oven or cooled to room temperature.

Steph

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Comments

    1. I have not frozen this recipe unbaked, so I can not say how they would turn out. I’m not sure how well crescent roll dough holds up after freezing. Let us know if you try it.

  1. I wanted mine spicier using hot Rotel but only had original, so I added 4oz hot chili peppers. Draining was the key! Let mine hang out in fine mesh strainer over a bowl >n fridge for a few days. Thanks

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