Crescent Roll Sausage Pinwheels are one of those holiday brunch items I am shocked other people know about. I truly thought this was my aunt's invention. What they lacked in nutrition they made up in their simplicity--all you need is sausage and crescent rolls.
To make this healthier, I adapted this in two ways. First, I made my own turkey breakfast sausage. Next, I used reduced fat crescent rolls. I've already planned it out, and you can totally use my lightened biscuit recipe. Use half the recipe, roll it out flat, and roll as directed.
How to make homemade turkey breakfast sausage
I have a full post on my homemade turkey breakfast sausage that I recommend you check out. Basically though, you mix the spices and maple syrup and let it hang out in the refrigerator overnight. You don't have to let it sit overnight, but you should try and let it vibe for an hour. I use pure maple syrup, but you can easily substitute with sugar free syrup for a lower calorie, lower point option.
You can, however, just buy it with the same effect. I like making my own because it's simple and I have more control of the ingredients. Jenny-O makes a solid one though. You want raw, loose sausage--not fully cooked.
Assembling sausage pinwheels
All you need to do is roll out crescent roll dough, spread the turkey sausage, roll, and cut. If it wasn't raw meat, I'd let my daughters do it. It's really that simple.
The main things you want to do right: pinch the dough seems together, roll it tightly, and slice with a sharp knife. You could be extra fancy and use unflavored floss to get a cleaner slice, but we're making a 2 ingredient, crescent roll based breakfast; there's no need to bust out the good floss.
Cheese and sausage pinwheels?
This recipe doesn't have cheese. It is out of simplicity and familiarity. This would be awesome with cheese. You can play around with the ratios, but I would do 2/3 of the meat and add about 1 cup of cheese. Don't worry, you can fry up the other sausage for McGriddles.
You can also add cream cheese to this. If you are using cream cheese, cook the sausage into crumbles, add half the sausage to a block of softened cream cheese. Spread the cream cheese mixture onto the crescent rolls, wrap and refrigerate for an hour, then slice and bake. If you don't refrigerate, you'll have a mess on your hands.
- 1 lb. turkey breakfast sausage (recipe below)
- 1 package of reduced fat crescent rolls
- Roll crescent roll dough out and pinch seams together.
- Spread raw turkey sausage onto the dough.
- Roll the dough into a log.
- Slice into 12 slices.
- Baked at 350° F for 15-18 minutes until golden brown.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 119Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 306mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 0gSugar: 5gProtein: 10g
- 1 lb 99% lean ground turkey
- 3 tbsp pure maple syrup
- 1 tbsp fresh sage, chopped
- 1/2 tbsp fresh thyme
- 1/2 tbsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp fennel seed
- 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1 pinch pepper
- Mix to combine all the ingredients together in a bowl.
- Let mixture marinate (covered in the refrigerator) for at least 1 hour, but ideally overnight.
- Divide into 8 patties and pan fry on medium heat in a cast iron (ideally) for 2 minutes each side.
- Make sure any recipe containing poultry reaches at least 165° before eating!
If you are using dry herbs, cut the quantity in half. If you don't have pumpkin pie spice, feel free to use 1/4 tsp of cinnamon instead.
Serving Size:1 patty (1/8 of the recipe)
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 88Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 239mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 5gProtein: 13g