Air Fryer Sausage and Cream Cheese Crescents

With a creamy filling and crunchy wrapping, these Air Fryer Sausage and Cream Cheese Crescents are a super delicious appetizer or snack that turn out perfect in the air fryer!

A TASTY AND EASY APPETIZER

Let me tell y’all, whenever I make these or take them anywhere to serve, they are always gone in minutes. They are that good! What’s even more amazing is you don’t even need to brown the sausage in a pan. You are going to do it right in the air fryer! You can even make the filling ahead of time if you need to so everything is ready to go when you want to make them! This Air Fryer Sausage and Cream Cheese Crescents recipe is my go-to when I need something that I know everyone will love!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Can these be made in the oven?

Of course! Put them on a large baking sheet sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Bake at 375F for about 15 minutes.

How many do these make?

This will make 32 bite sized ones or 16 whole ones if you choose not to cut the crescent rolls smaller.

What kind of sausage is the best to use?

I usually just use ground breakfast sausage, but you can switch it up to mild, hot, flavored etc. Use what you have on hand or what you like best.

Do I have to cook the sausage in the air fryer?

No. I like the idea of ​​being able to make all of this in the air fryer but you can certainly cook the sausage in a pan on your stovetop.

Can I make these more spicy?

Yes! If you are a fan of a little more spice you can use a hotter rotel or you can add some red pepper flakes or a little cayenne or diced jalapeños to the mixture as well.

Can I make these ahead of time?

I would not make the whole crescents ahead of time but the filling can be made 3 days ahead of time and stored covered in the refrigerator.

How do I store leftovers?

These can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container where they will keep for up to 3 days. To reheat place in the air fryer at 320 degrees F for 3 minutes.

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INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)

  • crescent rolls
  • breakfast sausage
  • cream cheese
  • rotel drained
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
Ingredients needed: crescent rolls, breakfast sausage, cream cheese, rotel, garlic powder and onion powder.

HOW TO MAKE AIR FRYER SAUSAGE AND CREAM CHEESE CRESCENTS:

Separate the uncooked sausage into small pieces and place in the air fryer basket.

Breakfast sausage added to basket of air fryer.

Cook for 6 minutes at 380F degrees (no need to preheat the air fryer.) Depending on the size of your air fryer basket, it could take a little longer to cook. Just make sure it is no longer pink inside. Remove the basket from the air fryer and crumble the pieces further using a spoon or spatula.

Finished sausage in air fryer crumbled.

Using a fine mesh strainer, drain the can or Rotel really well and pat dry with a paper towel. Add the softened cream cheese, sausage, drained rotel, garlic and onion powder to a medium bowl. Stir until fully incorporated. Set this aside.

Filling ingredients mixed together in bowl.

Unroll the first can of crescent rolls. Separate the perforated triangles.

Crescent rolls cut on cutting board.

Fill each crescent roll with the sausage/cream cheese filling.

Filling placed on top of crescent rolls.

Roll the crescents up around the filling and pinch to seal.

Crescent rolls wrapped around filling.

Lightly spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray and place half of the batch in the air fryer.

Crescent rolls added to air fryer basket.

Cook at 320F degrees for 5-7 minutes or until golden brown (again, no need to preheat the air fryer.) Repeat the process with the second can of crescent rolls and the remaining half of filling.

Finished crescent rolls in air fryer basket.

Optional: You can brush a little on melted butter and sprinkle on dried parsley to the top of each roll.

Air Fryer Sausage and Cream Cheese Crescents on plate stacked showing filling.

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Air Fryer Sausage and Cream Cheese Crescents

With a creamy filling and crunchy wrapping, these Air Fryer Sausage and Cream Cheese Crescents are a super delicious appetizer or snack that turn out perfect in the air fryer!

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Course: Appetizer

Cuisine: American

Keyword: Air Fryer Sausage and Cream Cheese Crescent Recipe, Air Fryer Sausage and Cream Cheese Crescents, Sausage and Cream Cheese Crescents

Prep time: 15th minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Servings: 32

Calories: 77kcal

Author: Brandie @ The Country Cook

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces (2 cans) crescent rolls
  • ½ pound ground breakfast sausage
  • 8 ounces (1 block) cream cheese softened
  • 10.5 ounce can Rotel, drained
  • ¼ test garlic powder
  • ¼ test onion powder

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Instructions

  • Separate the uncooked ground sausage into small pieces and place in the air fryer basket.

  • Cook for 6 minutes at 380F degrees (you do not need to preheat the air fryer). Depending on the size of you air fryer basket, it may take a few minutes longer. Just ensure it is no long pink on the inside.

  • Remove the basket from the air fryer and crumble the pieces further using a spoon or spatula.

  • Using a fine mesh strainer, drain the can of rotel and pat dry with a paper towel. (just gently press it down over the top of the drained rotten). We don’t want to add too much liquid to the cream cheese mixture.

  • Add the softened cream cheese, sausage, drained rotel, garlic and onion powder to a medium bowl. Stir until fully incorporated. Set this aside.

  • Unroll the first can of crescent rolls. Separate the perforated triangles.

  • Fill each crescent roll with the sausage/cream cheese filling.

  • Roll the crescents up around the filling and pinch to seal.

  • Lightly spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray and place half of the batch in the air fryer.

  • Cook at 320F degrees for 5-7 minutes or until golden brown (again, no need to preheat the air fryer).

  • Repeat the process with the second can of crescent rolls and the remaining half of filling.

  • Optional: You can brush melted butter and sprinkle on dried parsley to the top of each roll then serve.

Notes

  • You can make these spicier by changing up the rotel, adding red pepper flakes or cayenne.
  • Freezing these rolls is not recommended.
  • Use your favorite ground sausage flavor.
  • Make sure to drain the Rotel very well. Rotel is the brand name. It is diced tomatoes and green chiles. You can usually find it with the other diced tomatoes in your grocery store.

Nutrition

Calories: 77kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monnounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 137mg | Potassium: 28mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 106IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg

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About Brandie @ The Country Cook

I’m a regular home cook, like most of you, doing my best to get a good meal on the table for my family. I like to say the recipes on here are recipes for the busy cook (you know who you are). You can still get a good meal on the table, with a few shortcuts to help you along the way. I hope you’ll find lots of recipes here that you’ll love and hopefully will become family favorites. Read more…

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