A Birthday Party and …Shawn’s Sausage Rolls!

July 9, 2010Katie

 by Katie

Last night was our daughter Lyndsay’s 23rd birthday.

We celebrated with all the kids. 

And Lil’ Bit was the star of the show. 

First Uncle Jason was showing her how to blow out the lighter, and then he had to keep her away from it.

Why are all children so naturally attracted to flames?  Recently, my son told me about an instance with candles and burning napkins when the kids were a little younger one day while I ran to the store. 

I’m glad I never knew about that.

Lil Missy wanted to help her Mama blow out her candles, and after the lighter episode with Uncle Jason, we decided to keep them far away from her reach.

Don’t ask about the candles…Mr. Wonderful has a fetish for placing candles on cakes in random places.

Anyway, we had steak, and chicken, and fresh-fried okra, and baked potatoes…

But I have to tell you about these Sausage Rolls.

Remember last week when our small group visited the Hughes House?

Shawn made these Sausage Rolls and I begged her for the recipe.  The kids adored them, the youth leaders fought over them, and tonight I made them as an appetizer.

They’re super easy.  Follow along with me. You’ll only need one package of hot breakfast sausage (as in mild or hot), one 8 oz. package of cream cheese, 2 packages of refrigerated crescent rolls, one egg and some poppy seeds.

Start by cooking the sausage in a skillet.

Brown it until it’s finely crumbled and browned.  I use a potato masher to do this.

Once the sausage is done, drain it, and put it into a bowl, still hot.

Add in one entire 8 ounce package of cream cheese, softened. 

If you forget to soften it, just pop it into your microwave for about 30 seconds.  It’ll work  just fine

I know because I forgot.

Mix this all up really well.  The hot sausage helps melt it a bit as well, and lets you mix it until it’s all nice and creamy. 

Then grab two packages of refrigerated crescent rolls.

Unroll the dough and taking two of the triangles, and separate them at the seams to make a rectangle.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, or use a Silpat mat (or spray it really good!), and place your rectangle on it.  Mash or pinch together the center seams so you have a nice solid rectangle.

Take some of your sausage mixture and spread it down the center of the rectangle leaving just a little space at the ends and sides.

Then using the long sides of the rectangle, start rolling this up into a log.

Again, press the seams closed when you get them all rolled up.  If anything, rips or tears, just press the dough back together over the hole.

Pinch the ends together so the filling won’t melt or leak out.

Finish your other rolls until you’ve used up all the crescent rolls and filling. 

Then, take one egg and beat it up.

Then lightly brush the tops of your rolls all over with the egg.

Sprinkle them lightly with the poppyseeds.

And pop them into the oven for the amount of time your crescent roll package instructs you to cook them for.  Mine were just about perfect at 17 minutes (at 350º).

Seriously, are these a thing of beauty?

Slice them into one-inch pieces and toss them onto a platter.

And don’t expect them to be around for long.  These were gone in about one-minute-flat.

They are unbelievably delicious.

Printable Recipe – Shawn’s Sausage Rolls


  • Nancy Jackson

    July 9, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    I like. I might even cook it!!! LOL!!
  • Beth Zimmerman

    July 9, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    You can add those to the menu of yumminess you fix for me when I come see you! :)
  • Dessi Black

    July 11, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Okay Katie, I made this (vegetarian style) w/ Morningstar Farms Breakfast Patties and my family loved it. Of course I had to add a couple of things like diced red onions and garlic - I don't know how to cook w/o onions and garlic. Anyhow, thanks for the idea. It was fast and difficult to mess up.
    1. dishinanddishes

      July 12, 2010 at 10:49 am

      Dessi - I bet the additions were wonderful!

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