Sausage Swirls

I’m back today with one last recipe for your Super Bowl spread. Just in case you haven’t finished your menu, you know. Not all of us plan weeks in advance. I’m just sayin’. And if you’re down to the last minute and need one more treat, this is a great one. It’s simple. Guys, girls and kids all love it and you probably have everything you need to make it in your fridge right now.

These little sausage swirls use three simple ingredients. Crescent rolls (yes, the whack-a-can kind), mustard and bulk pork sausage. You can also lighten these up very nicely by using the reduced fat rolls (they’re just as good as the regular) and a turkey sausage.

Go ahead and preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Sausage Swirl layers

Separate the rolls into four long rectangles.  I was working with just two at a time in the photos. Spread each of the rectangles with your choice of mustard. I have made these with both a spicy brown mustard and a very grainy mustard. I prefer the grainy type but you use whatever you want. Then spread the sausage on top of the mustard. It’s much easier to spread if you let the sausage sit out at room temperature for 30-45 minutes beforehand.

Cutting sausage swirls

Now, roll each of the rectangles up lengthwise into a long cylinder. At this point, you can chill them covered until you’re ready to serve. Or if you have hungry folks standing in the kitchen waiting for these, go ahead and cut them into about 1 to 1 1/2″ pieces. Stand each piece up on its end and flatten it gently into a small disk.

Sausage Swirls Ready for Oven

Place the swirls on a parchment lined baking sheet and cook for 18-20 or until golden brown. Serve hot.

Serve with additional mustard to spread on each swirl. I sometimes make a dipping sauce with 4 parts mayonnaise, 1 part grainy or spicy brown mustard and a squirt of lemon juice.


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Spicy mustard and bulk pork sausage are swirled with purchased crescent rolls to make a fantastic appetizer!
  • 2 cans crescent rolls
  • Grainy or brown spicy mustard
  • 1 pound bulk pork sausage
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Separate crescent rolls into four long rectangles. Press perforations well to seal.
  3. Spread each rectangle lightly with mustard.
  4. Divide sausage into four equal parts and spread a thin layer on each rectangle.
  5. Roll each rectangle into a long cylinder.
  6. Chill, covered, until ready to serve.
  7. Slice the rolls into 1” pieces.
  8. Gently flatten each slice into a small disk.
  9. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown.
  10. Serve hot.
Suggested dipping sauce: Make a sauce with 4 parts mayonnaise, 1 part grainy or spicy brown mustard and a squirt of lemon juice. Serve alongside.

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  1. Miss P says

    I was wondering what to add to my Super Bowl menu (I have guests from Virginia, and want to make something different)……. Bingo!


    Miss P

  2. Ben says

    I’m so glad I found this recipe my grandfather would make these when we would take family vacations and I have been searching for the recipe for a few years now.

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