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Italian Sausage Crescent Cheese Balls

  • Prep 25 min
  • Total 1 hr 5 min
  • Ingredients 7
  • Servings 48

These cheesy, savory appetizers come together in just 45 minutes and go great with a side of warm marinara sauce. MORE+ LESS-

Ingredients

1
lb ground bulk Italian sausage
1 1/2
teaspoons dried basil leaves
1/2
teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2
cups shredded mozzarella cheese (8 oz)
1
can (8 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated crescent dinner rolls or 1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated crescent dough sheet
2
tablespoons all-purpose flour
3
tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 375°F. Line two 15x10x1-inch pans with cooking parchment paper; spray with cooking spray. In large bowl, mix sausage, basil, pepper flakes and mozzarella cheese until well blended.
  • 2
    Unroll dough on work surface. If using crescent roll dough, firmly press perforations to seal. Sprinkle each side with 1 tablespoon flour. Using pizza cutter or knife, cut dough into about 1/4-inch pieces. Mix crescent dough pieces into bowl of sausage mixture in small amounts until well blended.
  • 3
    Shape sausage mixture into 1 1/4-inch balls; place on pans. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake 16 to 18 minutes or until golden brown.

Expert Tips

Make sure to evenly mix the dough into the sausage mixture.

Serve with warm marinara or Alfredo sauce.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Ball
Calories
60
Calories from Fat
35
% Daily Value
Total Fat
4g
6%
Saturated Fat
1 1/2g
8%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
5mg
2%
Sodium
160mg
7%
Potassium
30mg
1%
Total Carbohydrate
3g
1%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
0g
Protein
3g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%
0%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
4%
4%
Iron
0%
0%
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
0
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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