I made these tasty cheesy sausage bites last year for Thanksgiving and wished I’d discovered the recipe sooner in the year for all the fun fall tailgates, potlucks and picnics happening from September on.

They were such a crowd pleaser! I had several family members ask me to make them for this Thanksgiving too, but I didn’t want to wait that long.  Now that the nights are getting cooler, I’m in the mood for tasty, oven baked goodies! Today I’m sharing a simple recipe I’ve adapted from a Pillsbury recipe. I think you’ll love taking these cheesy sausage bites to your next tailgate or family get together too. 

Cheesy Sausage Bites recipe, perfect tailgate food!

With only 5 ingredients, it’s easy to add what you need to your shopping list and these bites are easy on the budget too! 


Makes 40 bites (depending on size of bite you make)

  • 1 pound Roasted Red Pepper Sausage (or any bulk sausage flavor you like)
  • 2 cups (8oz.) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 can (8oz) Pillsbury Crescent dinner rolls (choose your favorite brand)
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon dried rosemary leaves, crushed

Cheese and sausage for recipe

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with foil. Spray foil with cooking spray, set aside.
  • Cook sausage on medium heat until just brown, drain and put in mixing bowl.
  • Add cheese and rosemary to bowl and mix with hands or spoon.
  • Unroll crescent dough onto floured work surface; coat each side of dough with flour.
  • Cut dough into about ¼ -inch pieces with a pizza cutter or knife.
  • Mix crescent dough pieces into bowl of sausage mixture in small amounts until well blended.
  • Shape mixture into 40 inch sized balls. Place on pan.
  • Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until golden brown.

Fresh from the over Cheesy Sausage Bites

My Cheesy Sausage bites recipe takes about 45 minutes to make from start to finish, but are well worth the time. They taste fantastic straight from the oven or room temperature. If your family is a fan of finger foods, you’ve got to try these sausage bites. 

Another great thing about them is you can make them two or three days ahead of time because they store well in the fridge. I just lined a large plastic container with a paper towel and put in the fridge and watched the amount of sausage bites dwindle as my family snacked on them.

Please share in comments: What is your favorite fall tailgate food? Do you make it, or does a friend or family member bring it?

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