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Sausage Pinwheels


Sausage Pinwheels

Sausage Pinwheels

Photo and Recipe: Diana Rattray

 These great tasting sausage pinwheels are delicious and so simple to prepare and bake. Use a good quality all butter puff pastry for the very best flavor.

Serve the pinwheels as a snack with dip or marinara, or serve with eggs for breakfast or brunch.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 22 minutes

Total Time: 37 minutes

Yield: Makes About 3 Dozen


  • two sheets puff pastry, about 15 to 18 ounces*
  • 1 pound bulk sausage, breakfast sausage or Italian, if you prefer
  • 1 large egg beaten with 1 tablespoon of milk or light cream, for egg wash


Thaw the puff pastry following package directions. Unfold, if necessary, and half of the sausage meat over each sheet, to within 1/2 inch of one end. 

With fingers, dab a little water along the edge you left empty. Roll and seal along the moistened end.

Wrap the cylinders in plastic wrap and freeze for about 30 minutes to firm up a bit. This isn't absolutely necessary, but it makes them easier to slice cleanly.

Heat the oven to 400° F. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.

Lightly brush the firm cylinders with a little egg wash. With a sharp knife, cut the rolls in 1/2-inch slices and arrange on the prepared  baking sheets. Brush the tops lightly with a little more egg wash.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until golden brown. 

Remove to paper towels to drain slightly. 

Serve as an appetizer with ketchup, marinara,  or barbecue sauce,  or serve with eggs for breakfast or brunch.

Makes about 3 dozen.

* Pepperidge Farms and Trader Joe's puff pastry comes with 2 sheets, while some others, such as Dufours and Good Wives, come with 1 sheet. If you have a Trader Joe's nearby, it probably has the best flavor, butter content, and price. 

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