Quick Salami & Cream Cheese

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Quick Salami & Cream Cheese: A Super Bowl favorite, these Crescent Sausage Bites are a yummy appetizer made with crescent rolls. Ideal for brunch or breakfast recipes, they’re great as finger food appetizers or snacks, and an easy potluck recipe.

Cream Cheese Sausage Balls, a delightful appetizer, have become a favorite at parties and gatherings. First introduced on August 30, 2018, they add a touch of cream cheese to the classic sausage ball recipe, making them extra tender and delicious.

Making Sausage Balls Tender and Moist

Often, sausage balls can be a bit dry or tough. However, with two simple tricks, you can make them moister and more tender:

  1. Add Cream Cheese: Mix in a block of softened cream cheese with your sausage ball mixture. This doesn’t alter the flavor but creates a fluffier texture, enhancing the moistness and tenderness.
  2. Grate Your Own Cheese: Instead of using pre-shredded cheese, grate cheddar cheese from a block. This cheese melts better, adding to the moist and tender quality of the sausage balls.

Preparation and Storage

The beauty of these sausage balls lies in their convenience. You can prepare them ahead of time, store them in the refrigerator, or freeze them for later use. When you’re ready to enjoy them, simply warm them up.

The Process

The process of making Cream Cheese Sausage Balls is straightforward:

  • Mix the ingredients, including sausage, cream cheese, Bisquick baking mix, and grated cheddar cheese.
  • Form small balls and place them on a baking sheet.
  • Bake at 400 degrees until they are cooked through and golden brown.

Serving Suggestions

Cream Cheese Sausage Balls are perfect for various occasions, from game days and cocktail parties to group breakfasts or brunches. They can be served immediately after baking or stored for later use.

Additional Tips

  • For a spicier version, add chopped pickled jalapeno.
  • If you prefer milder sausage balls, use mild sausage instead of hot.
  • Experiment with alternative flours like almond or coconut flour for a gluten-free version.


Quick Salami & Cream Cheese

Recipe by Ghiyan
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Course: Appetizers u0026amp; Snacks


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  • 1 lb. 1 Hot Sausage: This forms the base of your sausage balls. You can choose your preferred level of spice.

  • 8 oz. 8 Cream Cheese, Softened: Adds creaminess and helps keep the balls moist.

  • 3 cups 3 Bisquick Baking Mix: This acts as a binder and provides structure.

  • 1 1/2 cups 1 1/2 Cheddar Cheese: Freshly grated from a block for best melting quality.

  • Optional: 2 tablespoons Chopped Pickled Jalapeno for extra spice (optional).


  • Preheat Oven: Set your oven to 400°F (204°C) and prepare a baking sheet by lining it with foil or parchment paper and lightly spraying it with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Mix Ingredients: In a large bowl, thoroughly mix the sausage, softened cream cheese, Bisquick baking mix, and grated cheddar cheese. If you’re adding jalapenos for an extra kick, mix them in now.
  • Form Sausage Balls: Take small portions of the mixture and roll them into 1-inch size balls. Place these balls on the prepared baking sheet, ensuring they’re not touching.
  • Bake: Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for approximately 20 minutes or until the sausage balls are cooked through and have turned a nice golden brown color.
  • Cool and Serve: Allow the sausage balls to cool slightly before serving. They can be served warm straight from the oven or stored for later use.


  • Refrigerate: If you have leftovers or want to prepare ahead, store the sausage balls in the refrigerator. They can be easily reheated in the oven or microwave.
  • Freeze: For longer storage, place the cooled sausage balls in a freezer-safe container or bag. They can be frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw and reheat before serving.
  • Customize Your Flavor: Feel free to adjust the spices or add herbs according to your taste.
    Experiment with Cheeses: Different types of cheese can be used to change the flavor profile. Try combining cheddar with mozzarella or pepper jack for a different twist.
    Serving Suggestions: Serve them as appetizers with dipping sauces like ranch dressing, barbecue sauce, or honey mustard.


Cream Cheese Sausage Balls are a delightful twist on a party classic, easy to make, and a sure hit with guests. They can be the centerpiece of your appetizer table or a quick snack for any gathering.

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