These sausage and cream cheese bites have a funny name “donkey balls”. However, they are packed with flavor and will soon become not only the talk of the party, but one of the requested recipes.
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This is a fun recipe to make for gatherings. The recipe is courtesy of my daughter. She made these for the first time when camping. My husband and I were lucky enough to have her make extra and bring some over.
Game Day Snack
These scrumptious little snacks would make great Game-Day appetizers. They are easy to eat finger food. The next time you have to bring a dish to pass, these Donkey Balls would be a very nice option. Just the name alone says fun at a party. People just can’t help but snicker at the name.
These days, we all need something to make us smile and enjoy life a bit more. If you can be enjoying some delicious snacks along the way, even better.
Complimentary Sauces and Dips
I tried one plain and while it was good;, I immediately thought it would be better with a drizzle of maple syrup. That delicious photo is shown below. Wouldn’t you like to take one off the plate and have one? So yummy and satisfying.
My husband and daughter opted for a dipping sauce. They came up with a concoction of 1/2 maple syrup and 1/2 barbecue sauce. They dipped their sausage and cream cheese appetizer in their sauce and loved it. For me, I will stick with the maple syrup.
This is one of those recipes that will lend itself to a variety of dips and sauces.
You may try our two options already mentioned. However, these may also be great with french dressing, teriyaki sauce, ketch up, or ranch dressing,
Sausage for Recipe
If you want to use the Jimmy Dean Sausage and cannot find it locally, you can find it here. While this recipes calls for 16 oz. of Jimmy Dean Sausage, it would be delicious with a variety of meat. Such as, regular ground pork, maple flavored pork, hamburger, or ground chicken or turkey. Note: the change of meat will change the flavor of this recipe. But, I encourage you to try a variety to see what you and your family like best.
Making These Sausage & Cream Cheese Bites Ahead of Time
If you are hosting a party, these are great little gems to make ahead of time. I would try the sausage and mix it with the cream cheese, onion, and garlic powder – cool. Then wrap the Crescent Roll dough around the filling. Place on a cookie sheet or another container where the bites will not be toughing (otherwise, the dough will stick together). Cover and refrigerate until read to bake. This can be done a day ahead.
When ready, just pull the tray out of the refrigerator and bake. Your guests can enjoy the warm and yummy appetizers.
Sausage & Cream Cheese Bites “Donkey Balls”
- 2 Packages Crescent Rolls
- 8 Oz. Cream Cheese room temperature
- 16 Oz. Jimmy Dean Sausage 1 standard package
- 1 Mediun Onion Diced
- 1/2 Tsp. Garlic Powder
- Preheat oven to 375 Fahrenheit. In a saucepan, cook the sausage, diced onion, and garlic powder until thoroughly cooked through. Make sure to break up the sausage in small pieces while cooking.
- Drain and cool.
- Add the cream cheese to the sausage mixture. Mix with a spoon until blended. Set aside.
- Open the first container of crescent rolls. Separate the first crescent and cut in half to make two triangles.
- Fill each triangle with a teaspoon of the sausage and cream cheese mixture. Then bring the sides of the crescent dough up and around the filling. Make sure to pinch together to seal. Continue adding filling to the rest of the crescents.
- Place on cookie sheet approximately 1 inch apart.
- Bake for 11-14 minutes or until the crescent is golden brown. No worries about the inside filling as that is already pre-cooked and safe to eat.
- Enjoy plain or with the maple syrup drizzle or some other dipping sauce.
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