Italian Sausage Crescent Cheese Balls

Prep Time: 25 min
Total Time: 1 hr 5 min
Servings: 48

These cheesy, savoury appetizers come together in just 45 minutes and go great with a side of warm marinara sauce.


  • 1 lb (500 g) ground bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 can (8 count) Pillsbury™ refrigerated Original Crescents
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Heat oven to 375°F. Line two 15x10x1-inch pans with cooking parchment paper; spray with cooking spray. In large bowl, mix sausage, basil, pepper flakes and mozzarella cheese until well blended.
  2. Unroll dough on work surface. Firmly press perforations to seal. Sprinkle each side with 1 tablespoon flour. Using pizza cutter or knife, cut dough into about 1/4-inch pieces. Mix crescent dough pieces into bowl of sausage mixture in small amounts until well blended.
  3. Shape sausage mixture into 1 1/4-inch balls; place on pans. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake 16 to 18 minutes or until golden brown.

Expert Tips

  • Make sure to evenly mix the dough into the sausage mixture.
  • Serve with warm marinara or Alfredo sauce.