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Sausage Pinwheels Recipe

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These delicious sausage pinwheels are made with flaky puff pastry wrapped around savory Italian sausage, parmesan and mozzarella cheese. This is the perfect recipe for breakfast, brunch, or as a party appetizer!

Two sausage pinwheels with puff pastry sitting on a small plate with pizza sauce in the background.

Puff Pastry Sausage Rolls have been a family favorite since I was a child. Puff Pastry Sausage Bites are a quicker, easier version in bite-sized form. These Italian Sausage Pinwheels are also made with puff pastry, but I deviated from tradition and added two types of Italian cheeses and served them with Pizza Sauce. So yummy!!

📋 What you will need

Sausage Pinwheels Recipe with puff pastry ingredients.
  • Bulk Italian Sausage – I used sweet, but you could substitute spicy if you prefer. Regular pork sausage is delicious as well, I was just going for variety.
  • Mozzarella and Parmesan Cheese – both cheeses are finely shredded to give an even coverage over the pastry.
  • Puff Pastry Sheet – a store-bought puff pastry works well and makes this recipe even easier to prepare.
  • An Egg and Water are used as glue to hold the cheeses in place.
  • Garlic and Onion Powders – these give an added boost of flavor. You could also add red pepper flakes to spice up your pinwheels.
  • Italian Parsley – adds a bright, fresh flavor to these yummy snacks.

Be sure to check out the detailed printable recipe card below

Twelve Sausage Pinwheels on a platter with red pepper flakes and pizza sauce on the side.

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👩🏻‍🍳 How to make sausage pinwheels with puff pastry

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper, set aside.

Beat the egg and water together with a fork in a small bowl.

Beaten egg and water in a small bowl.

Mix the mozzarella, parmesan, onion powder, garlic powder, and Italian parsley together in a medium bowl.

Grated mozzarella and parmesan cheese mixed with seasonings in a mixing bowl.

Unwrap the package of puff pastry and place one sheet on a lightly floured surface. Lightly roll with a rolling pin to make the pastry 10-inches wide.

A sheet of puff pastry rolled out on a floured board measured with a ruler.

Brush the egg wash over the pastry sheet.

A sheet of puff pastry brushed with egg wash.

Sprinkle the cheese mixture evenly over the top.

Cheese mixture sprinkled over the puff pastry sheet.

Drop the sausage evenly over the top of the cheese mixture.

Raw bulk sausage spread over the cheese mixture topped puff pastry sheet.

Roll the pastry over, starting at the short side closest to you, until it forms a log.

Sausage and cheese filled puff pastry rolled into a log.

Score half-inch lines with a knife all the way down the roll, like you would with cinnamon rolls. You should have 20 even “slices”. Cut on the score lines and place the slices on the prepared baking sheets.

Ten sausage pinwheels slices on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Brush the slices with egg wash and bake for 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven and transfer to a wire cooling rack. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Fifteen Sausage Pinwheels lined up on a platter.

📌 Recipe Notes & Tips

  • Sausage pinwheels are best served warm or at room temperature, but we have been known to eat them cold out of the refrigerator as well.
  • The bottoms tend to caramelize and darken while baking. This is normal and just adds to the flavor.
  • Keep the puff pastry cold until ready to roll. It will become sticky if left on the counter too long.
  • Save the second sheet of puff pastry, wrapped in plastic wrap in the refrigerator for no more than 2 days. Use for another recipe or double this recipe and make even more sausage pinwheels!

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🥡 Make ahead and storing leftovers

TO MAKE AHEAD OF TIME

Place the unbaked sausage pinwheels on a baking sheet. Cover and freeze until firm. Remove the frozen slices and store in a gallon size zipper top bag, or airtight container in the freezer for up to one month.

When ready to serve, bake the frozen slices on a parchment lined baking sheet at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, or until puffed and golden brown and the sausage is cooked through.

to store leftovers

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 5 days. Trust me, they won’t last that long!

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Two puff pastry sausage pinwheels on a small plate.

Sausage Pinwheels Recipe

This delicious sausage pinwheels recipe is made with flaky puff pastry wrapped around savory Italian sausage, parmesan and mozzarella cheese.
5 from 3 votes
Print Rate
Course: Appetizer, Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sausage puff pastry recipe
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 20 Servings
Calories: 124kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed from a 17.3-ounce package
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 0.5 cup shredded mozzarella
  • .25 cup finely shredded parmesan cheese
  • 0.5 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 0.5 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon chopped Italian parsley
  • 8 ounces bulk Italian sausage

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper, set aside.
  • Beat the egg and water together with a fork in a small bowl.
  • Mix the mozzarella, parmesan, onion powder, garlic powder, and Italian parsley together in a medium bowl.
  • Unwrap the package of puff pastry and place one sheet on a lightly floured surface. Lightly roll with a rolling pin to make the pastry 10-inches wide.
  • Brush the egg wash over the pastry sheet. Sprinkle the cheese mixture evenly over the top. Drop the sausage evenly over the top of the cheese mixture.

Quick Tip

  • Leave half to one-inch clear edge at the top of the pastry. This will help the pastry adhere to itself when rolled.
  • Roll the pastry over, starting at the short side closest to you, until it forms a log.

Quick Tip

  • Double check to make sure the log is 10-inches wide so you will end up with twenty half-inch wide slices.
  • Score half-inch lines with a knife all the way down the roll, like you would with cinnamon rolls. You should have 20 even "slices". Cut on the score lines and place the slices on the prepared baking sheets.
  • Brush the slices with egg wash and bake for 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven and transfer to a wire cooling rack. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Notes

  • Sausage pinwheels are best served warm or at room temperature, but we have been known to eat them cold out of the refrigerator as well.
  • The bottoms tend to caramelize and darken while baking. This is normal and just adds to the flavor.
  • Keep the puff pastry cold until ready to roll. It will become sticky if left on the counter too long.
  • Save the second sheet of puff pastry, wrapped in plastic wrap in the refrigerator for no more than 2 days. Use for another recipe or double this recipe and make even more sausage pinwheels!

Nutrition

Calories: 124kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 155mg | Potassium: 45mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 59IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg

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