This donkey balls recipe is for easy Sausage Rolls and perfect for relaxing and snacking. I love food and cooking, but sometimes I want something really simple, no fuss, no muss, just good eats. That’s when these scrumptious appetizers come in handy because they are so easy to whip up.
It’s one of our most requested recipes at parties. We usually have to make a few batches so everyone has enough.
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Whenever people try these for the first time, they are delightfully surprised. Then when they ask for the name of the recipe, it will become a topic of conversation. This fun recipe with the funny name is a keeper. It just might become the talk of the party.
Sausage Crescent Cheese Balls
You can’t go wrong with a tasty appetizer that is sure to please everyone in your family. Whether you’re looking for something light and crispy or want an after-dinner snack. These little sausage balls will not disappoint.
Sausage, cream cheese, and crescent dough come together quickly to form a savory cheese and sausage bite.
A delicious recipe to serve as a fun addition at parties as they make great finger food.
These savory snacks are perfect whether it is having an appetizer for Game Day, brunch, potlucks, or anytime you want an easy bite. It is perfect for those lazy day afternoon when you want a treat that the whole family will enjoy.
Get the family involved in making this recipe. It is easy to make and a fun way to spend time with family and friends.
If you’d rather have a recipe where you just mix and bake, these Red Lobster Sausage Balls are quite tasty.
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Ingredients in Sausage & Cream Cheese Bites
These Sausage & Cream Cheese Bites are a quick and easy appetizer for any party. They only take about 20 minutes to make, so you can whip them up in no time.
They’re also very customizable, so feel free to add your own ingredients or change the recipe around based on what you like. If you prefer spicy sausage over mild, go ahead and use that instead of regular sausage or even mix it with the regular.
Plus, these bites taste great when they’re warm or at room temperature; there’s no need to serve them straight out of the oven, but I do enjoy them hot with a crispy outside.
Sausage. I use breakfast sausage such as Jimmy Dean Sausage Roll. If you prefer, you can use a variety of meat such as regular ground pork, hamburger, or chicken. Even if you had breakfast sausages, you could remove the casing and use the filling as the sausage in this recipe. Additionally, if you do use the Jimmy Dean Sausage, it comes in a variety of flavors, try a few out to find your favorite.
Crescent Rolls. The refrigerated crescent roll dough that is sold in tubes in the local grocery store is what I use. However, you could make your own crescent roll dough and use that. Another fun option would be to use a puff pastry dough.
Cream Cheese. Room temperature cream cheese works best. I love the creaminess that the cream cheese adds to this recipe.
Onion. Any type of onion works well, yellow, red, white, or even a Sweet Vidalia onion works.
Garlic Powder. This adds extra flavor to the sausage mixture.
How to Make This Simple Donkey Balls Recipe
The great thing about this recipe is that it can be prepared in minutes and will leave your family asking for seconds. These Sausage & Cream Cheese Bites are the perfect appetizer for a busy holiday season. People love to eat sausage and cream cheese bites at parties.
Begin by cooking the sausage, onion, and garlic powder in a skillet until all the sausage is cooked through and the onions are translucent. As you cook the sausage mixture, make sure to break up the sausage into smaller pieces.
Drain sausage mixture and let it cool a few minutes. Next in a large bowl combine cream cheese with the sausage mixture and set aside.
Unroll a package of the crescent rolls flat. Cut each triangle in half to make two triangles. Each package has 8 triangles so you should end up with 32 pieces of the dough.
Fill each piece of the dough with a teaspoon of the sausage and cream cheese mixture. Bring the sides of the crescent dough around the filling and pinch together to make a little ball shape.
Place on a prepared cookie sheets 1-inch apart and bake for 14 minutes in a preheated oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. The crescent rolls should be golden brown and since the filling is pre-cooked, it is already safe to eat.
Donkey Balls Recipe
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- 2 Packages Crescent Rolls
- 8 Ounces Cream Cheese softened
- 16 Ounces Breakfast Sausage Jimmy Dean Sausage 1 standard package
- 1 Medium Onion Diced
- 1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
- This recipe can be prepared in minutes and will leave your family asking for seconds. These Sausage & Cream Cheese Bites are the perfect appetizer for a busy holiday season. People love to eat sausage and cream cheese bites at parties.
- Begin by cooking the sausage, onion, and garlic powder in a skillet until all the sausage is cooked through and the onions are translucent. As you cook the sausage mixture, make sure to break up the sausage into smaller pieces.16 Ounces Breakfast Sausage, 1 Medium Onion, 1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
- Drain this mixture and let it cool a few minutes. Next in a large bowl combine cream cheese with the sausage mixture and set aside.8 Ounces Cream Cheese
- Unroll a package of the crescent rolls flat. Cut each triangle in half to make two triangles. Each package has 8 triangles so you should end up with 32 pieces of the dough.2 Packages Crescent Rolls
- Fill each piece of the dough with a teaspoon of the sausage and cream cheese mixture. Bring the sides of the crescent dough around the filling and pinch together to make a little ball shape.
- Place on a prepared cookie sheet 1-inch apart and bake for 14 minutes in a preheated oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. The crescent rolls should be golden brown and since the filling is pre-cooked, it is already safe to eat.
- Serve as is or with your favorite sauce.
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Serve as is or with your favorite sauce.
Dipping Sauce Ideas for Sausage and Cream Cheese Appetizers This Sriracha Mayo Dipping Sauce is so simple to make, just takes four ingredients and will add just the right amount of kick.
Barbeque Sauce is great on meatballs, chicken, and ribs. So why not try it on these little bites. Yummy with grape jelly too.
Sometimes just a drizzle of maple syrup will do the trick for me. If you love ranch dressing as a dip for veggies and other snacks, then you will love the combination of the donkey balls and this homemade ranch dressing. We can’t get enough of it.
Another delicious combination is honey Mustard. My son-in-law enjoys these little appetizer bites with French dressing or teriyaki sauce.
What to Serve with Donkey Balls
Here are a few other finger food recipes that a delicious snack that are easy to make. If you’re looking for an easy, but impressive side dish that showcases the delicious taste of summer corn then these crisp cakes are perfect.
These cute little wonton taco cups look elegant and fancy without much effort.
Another cream cheese appetizer are these Crab Rangoon Egg Rolls. They are filled with a simple mixture of crab, cream cheese, and a few spices all wrapped up in an egg roll wrapper rather than a wonton wrapper.
How many appetizers per person?
When I host a party for 12 guests, I will plan on a minimum of 4 choices of appetizers. A good rule of thumb is to allow for each person to consume 6 appetizers. However, if this is more of a cocktail party where appetizers will be served throughout the party, then I would double the appetizer choices to 4 for every 12 guests. Additionally, I plan that each person will consume 12 appetizers too.
Therefore, as the guest list increases, so should the appetizer selections, for every 12 guests, continue to add 4 more choices.
I always have satisfied guests if I serve make-ahead hearty appetizers. When making appetizers for a crowd, it is nice to have recipes that can be made in a larger size and cut smaller for appetizers. Another time-saving tip is to have easy snacks that can be made in minutes the day of or made ahead. Better Homes and Gardens has more tips for hosting a party that are wonderful if you are new to hosting a party.
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