Easy Appetizers: Chili Rolls

by Pamela

easy appetizers, puff pastry recipe, savory rolls, snack recipe

Shortcuts, time savers, kitchen hacks or whatever else you want to call it…but saving time in the kitchen (or anywhere for that matter) is what we’re all looking for these days. Isn’t it? Have I got one for you today! This recipe is perfect for anyone looking for easy appetizers or after school snacks that pack a lot of flavor in a little package. Oh, and did I mention that not only is it delicious, but will save you tons of time in the kitchen?

I teamed up with Jimmy Dean sausage on this one. They’ve got a new product, called Sausage Crumbles, that’s going to save you lots of time in the kitchen because it’s their great tasting sausage…pre-cooked. Yes, that also means it’s going to save you time on cleanup too. WOO HOO!!! They come in 3 flavors: original, turkey and hot & spicy. You can find them in the refrigerated section of the store (you don’t even have to thaw them).

The timing of this couldn’t be more perfect. Since my house still looks like a cardboard box factory (see below) and we’re already starting to entertain guests (don’t ask) as well as going to get togethers, I need quick food. But it’s also got to taste and look good. I give you today’s recipe: Chili Rolls.

Easy Recipes When You're Living Out of Boxes

Your typical puff pastry recipe is something sweet, but this time we’re going to spice things up a bit. Sure, you could make these savory rolls with a proper dough recipe, but when you’re in a hurry (or can’t find half of your kitchen equipment) a package of puff pastry makes life a whole lot easier. While I highly recommend puff pastry that’s made with butter, and not a bunch of weird oils, (trust me, it tastes MUCH better) I also know that it’s becoming ridiculously hard to find the stuff. I used the oil made stuff for this because I have yet to figure out my shopping options in the new hood.

This recipe requires just a little bit of chopping (although you can buy pre-chopped onions and garlic too) and a few minutes of skillet cooking before popping the chili rolls into the oven. I told you these were easy appetizers. 😉

Puff Pastry Recipe - Easy Chili Rolls

Oh, and while I used the turkey sausage crumbles for a chili flavored filling you could change up the crumbles, the seasoning and the cheese mixture in this recipe to be more pizza or taco flavored. Whatever flavors you and your gang like.

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Easy Appetizers: Chili Rolls
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Who doesn't need more easy appetizers recipes? These spicy chili rolls will whet your appetite for what's to come. These nibbles make a great snack too.
Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Serves: 18
  • 1 Tablespoon Grapeseed Oil (or vegetable oil)
  • ½ Large Onion (peeled and diced)
  • 1 Clove Garlic (minced)
  • 1 9.6 Ounce Package Jimmy Dean Turkey Sausage Crumbles
  • ¾ Tablespoon Chili Powder
  • ½ Teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • ½ Teaspoon Paprika
  • ½ Teaspoon Oregano
  • ½ Teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper (or less if you like it not so spicy)
  • ½ Cup Tomato Sauce
  • Flour (for dusting work surface)
  • 1 17.3 Ounce Package Puff Pastry (thawed)
  • 1 Large Egg (beaten)
  • 1 8 Ounce Package Shredded Cheddar Cheese (you won't use all of it)
  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees Farenheit.
  2. Add oil to large skillet and heat over medium high heat.
  3. Once pan is hot, add onion and garlic to pan.
  4. Continue to cook, and stir, until onion begins to soften. About 7 minutes.
  5. Add the turkey crumbles, seasonings, and the tomato sauce to the pan and stir.
  6. Continue stirring, and cooking, until everything is well combined and the turkey sausage is heated through.
  7. Remove from heat and let cool until you can handle it. (You don't want to put the scorching hot filling on top of the puff pastry...the dough will get mushy.)
  8. While that's cooling, lightly flour your work surface and open up the puff pastry sheets.
  9. Flatten the sheets out and make sure they're square.
  10. Brush the pastry sheets with the beaten egg then top both with a generous amount of cheese (spread evenly).
  11. Spoon one half of the sausage mixture on each of the dough squares.
  12. Spread sausage mixture evenly and leave a ¼" border on the left and right sides of the dough.
  13. Carefully roll the dough as tightly as you can (if it's too loose, all the filling will fall through the bottom).
  14. Use a large, and sharp, knife to cut slices of the rolls. I cut 9 pieces from each roll. Slice straight down and not in a sawing motion or you will shred the dough and filling.
  15. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper (or liberally grease the pans) and arrange the chili rolls 9 to a pan. Make sure to leave some room between each roll.
  16. Sprinkle the tops of the rolls with a little more cheese.
  17. Bake for 15 minutes or until the pastry takes on a bit of a golden hue and the cheese has melted on top.
  18. Serve.
You'll get 18 chili rolls out of this recipe. These are best served warmed.


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Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl March 30, 2014 at 4:46 pm

Not only do these look super delicious and would have me reaching for a few, but you made them look so easy!

Pamela April 1, 2014 at 6:45 am

Hi Pamela!

They are as easy to make as they look. Trust me…right now I am only capable of easy stuff. Good luck not eating them all. 😉

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef March 27, 2014 at 5:18 pm

OMG the boxes! You poor thing. You’ll get through all that in no time and everything will have a new place to call home. In the meantime, make some extra chili rolls. They look pretty darned good.

Pamela April 1, 2014 at 6:46 am

Hi Maureen!

I swear these boxes are multiplying!!!! About the only room that’s missing boxes is the kitchen. LOL

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