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Sausage Pinwheels

Frugal Family Recipes (featured column)
by Michelle Jones, editor of BetterBudgeting.com

These delicious treats are great for breakfast, brunch, or any event where people are hungry!  They’re quick and easy to make, and inexpensive too.  And, you can prepare them weeks (or even months) ahead of time!

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1 pound maple flavored sausage, cooked and drained
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
2 pkgs. Crescent rolls, fresh (dough may stick if it's old)


In a medium size bowl, add cooked and drained sausage to cream cheese and stir until blended. Divide mixture in half and set aside.

Place a large sheet of waxed paper on counter and remove one pkg. of crescent rolls from fridge. Sprinkle a bit of flour on paper. Unwrap the dough and roll out into a larger rectangle, pinching seams together if necessary. Spread half of sausage mixture evenly over dough, to within 1/2 to 1 inch of the edges.

Gently wrap dough into a long roll, pulling up waxed paper from the bottom as you go. Press gently to keep rounded shape, wrapping paper snugly around the roll. Fold ends of paper and freeze dough, repeat these steps with second pkg. of rolls. (Chill dough overnight or at least for several hours.)

About 30-45 minutes before time of serving, remove one roll from freezer and unwrap. Use unwrapped waxed paper for a clean cutting surface. Cut dough into slices, forming pinwheels, and press gently back into a round shape if needed. (Unless you're in a hurry!) Place cut pinwheels on large baking sheet about 1 ½ - 2 inches apart, and bake at 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown on edges.

Now take them out of the oven and watch them disappear!!

(One roll, about 24-26 pinwheels, is enough for a large family, but cook two when serving a crowd. This dough will keep in freezer for several months.)

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