Recipe: Sausage Pretzel Bites

Pigs in a blanket are always an event crowd-pleaser—and certainly preferred amongst little ones. While the outer buttery crescent roll is irresistible, imagine swapping it for a fluffy, salty pretzel roll.

With Eckrich®’s bold Smoked Sausage, create fan-favorite Sausage Pretzel Bites that pair perfectly with a side dipping of honey mustard.

Check out the Eckrich® recipe here for a new take on the classic appetizer.

Total Time Skill Level Servings
25 mins Intermediate 8



Original Natural Casing Smoked Sausage Rope, cut into 2-inch pieces 20 – 28
Refrigerated pizza dough, from a can or bag 12 oz.
Large egg, beaten 1
Baking soda 1/4 cup(s)
Coarse salt 2 Tbsp.
Whole grain mustard 3/4 cup(s)
Mayonnaise 1/4 cup(s)
Honey 3 Tbsp.
Salt As needed
Pepper As needed


  1. Heat oven to 425°F . Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Roll pizza dough on lightly floured surface into a 10″x12″ rectangle. Using a sharp knife, cut in half, making two 10″x6″ rectangles. Cut each rectangle into ten 1″x6″ strips.
  3. Wrap strip of pizza dough around each piece of smoked sausage, pinching at seam to secure.
  4. Boil 4 quarts of water in a medium pot. Add baking soda, stirring to dissolve.
  5. Place sausage bites in boiling water, in two batches, cooking each batch for 2-3 minutes, or until puffed. Remove with slotted spoon and transfer to lined baking sheet.
  6. Brush each sausage bite with beaten egg and sprinkle with coarse salt.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Combine mustard, mayonnaise and honey in a small bowl until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Tips to Stretch Your Dollar

For any remaining smoked sausage, create a second appetizer that’ll make your kiddos’ day. We recommend Eckrich®’s Mini Sausage Air-Fried Pizzas, which are a perfect hand-held snack. If you don’t have an air fryer, just use your traditional oven instead.

In need of more inspiration for your next family meal? Smithfield Foods’ large portfolio of products, including Smithfield® Bacon, Nathan’s Famous® Beef Franks and Eckrich® Smoked Sausage, can meet your household’s needs for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even snack time. 


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