Bacon-Sausage Crescent Cheese Balls

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Any recipe that begins with bacon has to be good, right?  This recipe is better than good it is one of my favorite quick, easy, but delicious go to appetizers.  I will be making a batch or two of these to serve at this year’s Super Bowl 50 party, but this recipe also goes great alongside scrambled eggs for breakfast – just add a bowl of salsa for dipping.

What I love most about this cheese ball recipe is that you can make them ahead of time which is great when you are short on time due to a busy schedule like I am.   I suggest if you do make them ahead of time, make them according to the directions, including baking them, then when you are ready to use them just place them in a pan covered with foil and reheat your oven to 350 degrees, (not the 375 degrees used originally) making sure they are heated thoroughly.  Serve them up with Marinara, Ranch, Barbeque, or any sauce you enjoy dipping with, they go with everything!

These cheese balls are going to be a hit no matter when you serve them, have the recipe handy to share, I know others will want to make them, once they’ve tried them!

Bacon-Sausage Crescent Cheese Balls

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of bulk sausage (I prefer spicy or a hotter sausage, but the taste preference is yours)
  • ½ pound of fried bacon crumbled
  • 2 cups of sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ½ teaspoon of dried, crushed rosemary leaves
  • 1 (8 ounce) can of refrigerated crescent dinner rolls (I am a huge fan of Pillsbury)
  • 2 Tablespoons of all-purpose flour

Directions:

Heat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Line a large cookie sheet with foil, and spray it with cooking spray (NOT Baking Spray) In a large bowl combine the sausage, bacon cheese and rosemary, be sure to mix well, set aside.

Take your crescent roll and unroll onto your work surface and coat each side with the flour, 1 Tablespoon per side.  Using a pizza cutter cut the dough into small ¼ inch squares.

Place the dough pieces a handful at a time into your bacon-sausage mixture you set aside, blend thoroughly. Shape the mixture into 1 ¼ inch balls.

Place on your already prepared cookie sheet and bake for 15 to 18 minutes, till just golden brown.

This recipe should yield 40-45 cheese balls.

Suggestions:

Don’t be afraid to add spices to the mixture if you want hotter cheese balls.  Purchase a mild bulk sausage and add seasonings you enjoy like chopped scallions, mushrooms, hot peppers, your possibilities with this recipe are endless.

Enjoy!  From:  “In the Kitchen with Sheryl”

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