Easy Sausage Stuffing Balls hide just 6 ingredients including sausage and cranberries inside crescent roll dough in this recipe. They're not just for holidays like Thanksgiving either. They make any meal special!
I tiptoe around the idea of experimenting with this staple of our holiday dinner table.
Stuffing is one of those recipes that has been handed down over the years. The family entrusted with its preparation for the annual feast must make it according to the family recipe. The entire process, from making it, taste testing it, to enjoying it the day after, brings up memories of years past and loved ones. I would never replace it!
Instead, I'm just using the extra ingredients to make something spectacular to serve with one of these ideas for turkey leftovers.
In this recipe, sausage, onion, celery, and dried cranberries are coated with apple butter and encased in crescent dough for a spectacular roll or side dish.
Ingredients in Easy Sausage Stuffing Balls
I'm not changing our family recipe so much as I'm sharing an easy variation that can be whipped up any time and is sure to stir up fond memories of a Thanksgiving feast. Here are the main ingredients in these sausage stuffing balls:
- Diced onion
- Diced celery
- Cooked Sausage - we used chicken apple chicken sausage; however, any cooked sausage will work.
- Dried Cranberries - raisins, apricots or any dried fruit can also be used.
- Apple Butter - Make a batch of Low-Sugar Crock-Pot Apple Butter or can buy a jar from the store.
- Crescent roll dough or sheets
I always have a can of Pillsbury® Crescent Rolls in the refrigerator. If we're not making rolls to have with dinner, we're making Easy Pot Pies or 3 Cheese Rosemary and Garlic Pizza Bites. No matter what I put inside, I know everyone is going to love it!
How to Make Sausage Stuffing Balls
- Prepare sausage by cutting the link into a few large pieces and grinding it into a crumbly consistency in a food processor.
- Soften diced celery and onions in olive oil.
- Stir in crumbled sausage, dried cranberries, and apple butter.
- Roll out the dough, press the seams together, cut the dough into squares.
- Mound stuffing mixture in the center of each square.
- Pull up the sides and roll into balls.
- Place seam side down on a baking sheet and cook until browned. It takes about 10 minutes in a 350ºF oven.
These might look like a delicious dinner roll, but they're actually a magical stuffed sausage ball that will transform your next meal.
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Easy Sausage Stuffing Balls
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1/3 cup diced onion
- 1/3 cup diced celery
- 1/2 cup cooked and crumbled sausage We used chicken sausage, crumbled in food processor
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- 1 Tablespoon apple butter
- 8 ounce Pillsbury® Crescent Rolls
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Add olive oil to pan and swirl to coat.
- Add onion and celery to pan and saute for about 5 minutes or until softened.
- Combine onion, celery, sausage, cranberries and apple butter in a bowl.
- Roll out dough on a flat surface and press seams together.
- Use a knife or pizza cutter to make 8 squares (two cuts lengthwise and 4 cuts in the other direction.)
- Mound the stuffing mixture on each square (about 2 Tablespoons each)
- Pull up the sides of the dough over the stuffing mixture and roll into a ball.
- Repeat for all of the squares.
- Place seam side down on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake for 9-12 minutes or until lightly browned.
- Enjoy immediately!