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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Cheesy Sausage Pinwheels

When I made the Skinny Zuppa Toscana Soup the other day, I decided to brown up some extra turkey Italian sausage to use in other recipes during the week.  I kept thinking about this combination I put together below and Cheesy Sausage Pinwheels were born!  Oh my goodness...these are delish!  Turkey Sausage, cheese, and banana peppers all rolled into a slightly sweet crescent roll base.   They would be a great addition to any spread this weekend for the Superbowl! 

Cheesy Sausage Pinwheels|Renee's Kitchen Adventures: Little bites of sausage, cheese and peppers!

They are so simple to make too.  The hardest part is making sure the perforations in the crescent dough are sealed tightly.  This is a very important step to take to make sure the fillings don't all fall out when you are rolling them.  If you can find the seamless refrigerated crescent roll dough, even better!  It will make your life so much easier!

You will also want to make sure you are baking these on parchment, a silpat or some non-stick foil, because the bottoms will have cheese on them so they can easily stick.  I used my silpat and had no problem with them coming off the pan easily.

Cheesy Sausage Pinwheels|Renee's Kitchen Adventures: Little bites of sausage, cheese and peppers!

These little bites of "man candy" (as I like to call them!) are great dipped in your favorite jarred marinara sauce.  The sausage-banana pepper combo is a favorite of my middle son's on pizza.  These bites are my tribute to him! :)  They make a great appetizer or a fun snack for any occasion.

Cheesy Sausage Pinwheels|Renee's Kitchen Adventures: Little bites of sausage, cheese and peppers!

Cheesy Sausage Pinwheels

Renee's Kitchen Adventures
Recipe adapted from Allrecipes
Cheesy Sausage Pinwheels
Little bites of pillow-y soft refrigerated crescent roll dough with sausage, cheese and zesty banana peppers stuffed inside for the ultimate man candy!


  • 1 - 8 oz. can of refrigerated Pillsbury® Crescent rolls (can use the seamless kind too)
  • 1 oz. of reduced fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup ground turkey Italian sausage, browned and cooled to room temperature
  • 1/4 cup jarred (mild or hot) banana pepper slices, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim Mozzarella cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degree F. Line sheet pan with silpat, parchment or non-stick foil.
  2. Open crescent roll dough. Open out into a large sheet of dough. Pinch any perforations together tightly! This is a very important step and take time to make sure you do a good job of this. If using the seamless kind, just open into a large sheet of dough.
  3. Gently spread the cream cheese over the surface of the dough (doesn't have to be perfect) to about 1/2" of the edges. Top with cooked sausage crumbles, chopped banana peppers, and Mozzarella cheese.
  4. Starting on one end of the long side, carefully and tightly roll up dough into a log pinwheel style. Seal edge of dough once all rolled into a log.
  5. With sharp knife, carefully cut log into 12 pieces. Lay on prepared baking sheet about 2" apart.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for about 12 - 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm with your favorite marinara sauce for dipping.
Yield: 12 pinwheels
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 15 mins.
Cook time: 00 hrs. 15 mins.
Total time: 30 mins.
Tags: appetizer, sausage, peppers, cheese, easy recipe, crescent roll, snack

Servings - 12 pinwheels   Serving Size - 1 pinwheel (no sauce)   Points Plus per Serving - 3 Points+
Calories - 123.9,   Total Fat - 7.7g,   Carb. - 7.9g,   Protein - 6.7g,   Fiber - 0.1g

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  1. Man candy sounds like the perfect name for these. Although they are right up my alley too - sausage and banana peppers, some of m favorite food.

    1. Thanks Christie! Yeah, I love the zestiness of those peppers!

  2. These pinwheels look really good! Love all the goodies in each bite!

  3. I am loving all these easy recipes for game day that everyone is posting this week! :) And this one looks delicious. Love the addition of the banana peppers.

  4. These sound fantastic!! Love that you added banana peppers!!

  5. I love the combination of flavors in these pinwheels!

  6. Wow cheesy pinwheels definitely take me back to my childhood. Thanks for reminding me how delicious they are - I have to make the recipe!

  7. I love pinwheels! They are the best appetizers!

  8. Yum, they look great! I'm a sucker for anything in a crescent roll :-)

  9. These look so good Renee. Love the marinara dip with them too.

  10. definitely have to make I will use hot Italian sausage though. A must have for me. So
    easy to put together too. Thank you for sharing

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