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.
Sausage and cream cheese are a classic pairing. These little balls of goodness are sure to be a hit with your guests at your next party.
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Delicious Snack ~ Donkey Balls Recipe
These delicious and easy bites are the perfect appetizer for any party. They’re always a crowd favorite. Make these bite-sized snacks with your kids, they’re fun to make and eat!
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. If you love ranch dressing for dipping, I urge you to whip up a quick batch of this buttermilk ranch dressing. It is an amazing dipping sauce.
Simple Ingredients for this Distinctive Dish
Crescent Rolls. the kind in the refrigerator section of the grocery store is what I use. I like to keep it simple.
Cream Cheese. This can be in the blocks or in the spreadable containers. Whichever you have on hand will work just fine. It adds a delicious creaminess to the appetizer.
Breakfast Sausage. I like the Jimmy Deans Roll. They do make a spicy version that some folks have commented that they enjoy and then they call these “rattle snakes”.
Onion. Really, any kind of onion you have will work. This recipe is a no-fuss recipe. Yellow, white, sweet Vidalia will all work wonderful.
Garlic Powder. This really helps add extra flavor in the sausage and cream cheese mixture.
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 Roll, it would be delicious with a variety of meat. Such as, regular ground pork, maple flavored pork, hamburger, or ground chicken or turkey. Some people have let me know that they like the spicy sausage for this recipe. If you like spice, go for it as it will not disappoint. 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
The great thing is that if you are hosting a party, these are great little gems to make ahead of time. I would fry the sausage and mix it with the cream cheese, onion, and garlic powder – cool. Then wrap the Crescent Roll dough around the teaspoon of the sausage filling. Place on a prepared cookie sheet or another container where the bites will not be touching (otherwise, the dough will stick together). Cover and refrigerate until read to bake. This can be done a day ahead.
When ready to bake and serve, just bake in a preheated oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for approximately 14 minutes until golden brown.
When ready, just pull the tray out of the refrigerator and bake. Your guests can enjoy the warm and yummy appetizers.
You’re in the mood for a snack. You want something that’s not too heavy and is filling but you don’t want to make anything complicated or time-consuming. Try this delicious recipe that has an interesting food name.
Sausage & Cream Cheese Bites “Donkey Balls”
- 2 Packages Crescent Rolls
- 8 Ounces Cream Cheese room temperature
- 16 Ounces Jimmy Dean Sausage 1 standard package
- 1 Mediun Onion Diced
- 1/2 Teaspoon 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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Making These Sausage & Cream Cheese Bites Ahead of TimeThe great thing is that if you are hosting a party, these are great little gems to make ahead of time. I would fry the sausage and mix it with the cream cheese, onion, and garlic powder – cool. Then wrap the Crescent Roll dough around the teaspoon of the sausage filling. Place on a prepared cookie sheet or another container where the bites will not be touching (otherwise, the dough will stick together). Cover and refrigerate until read to bake. This can be done a day ahead. When ready to bake and serve, just bake in a preheated oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for approximately 14 minutes until golden brown.
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Thursday 2nd of February 2023
Made gravy and dipped them was awesome. Also tried sweet chili sauce.
Thursday 2nd of February 2023
Hi Deb, Brilliant idea. I need to try the gravy trick the next time I make these. Thanks for sharing. Vicky
Tuesday 10th of January 2023
I'm in the process of making these (first time) but I like the simplicity it's definitely a good base for the imagination. Thanks
Wednesday 11th of January 2023
Me too. There are so many people finding ways to switch up the recipe. Enjoy. Vicky
Monday 12th of September 2022
What are Crescent rolls. Is it a pastry
Wednesday 14th of September 2022
It is a premade pastry. Here is a link on Amazon, but it comes in 12 packages. https://amzn.to/3U96DQK Our local grocery stores carry this.
Robyn G Bolle
Thursday 9th of December 2021
Instead of Crescent Rolls I would use Grands Biscuits. Separate the biscuits, flatten them out a bit, put in the filling and bake. Much easier to enclose the filling that way.
Friday 10th of December 2021
Yes you could. They would end up being a bit large, so you might want to cut them in half and then proceed shaping than, adding the filling, etc.
Saturday 24th of July 2021
We made this recipe and added jalapeños, crushed pineapple, hot sauce and garlic. Delicious!!!
Saturday 24th of July 2021
Oh, how nice! Sweet and spicy. Thanks for sharing. What a delicious variation. Vicky