Sausage Balls

A couple of years ago, my Mom brought these delicious little bites of sausagey cheesy goodness to Thanksgiving to serve as an appetizer.  My first reaction after tasting one was, "Where have these been my whole life?"  My next reaction was, "Somebody make me stop eating these or I will eat them ALL!"

This year, when my sister asked me what she could bring, I knew right away what to tell her!  There are a ton of versions of this recipe out there on the web and after searching for a bit, we decided to use Paula Deen's recipe because it was simple and basic with no added frills.  Sometimes that's just the way I like my recipes.

Try these tasty little bites at your next party, holiday or game day get-together!

  • 1 (1-pound) package ground sausage (hot or mild, whichever you prefer)
  • 3 cups baking mix (such as Bisquick)
  • 4 cups (16 ounces) sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/8 tablespoon pepper

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°.  Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.  
  2. Combine all of the ingredients in a large glass bowl.  Mix well with your fingers.  The mixture will be very crumbly.  (You can use your mix master for this step to speed up the process.) 
  3. Form into 1 inch balls, squeezing the mixture so it holds together, then rolling it between the palms of your hands to form balls.  Place the balls on the baking sheet.  (you should get somewhere between 
  4. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.  To prevent sticking, move the balls with a spatula halfway through cooking.

    • These come out as fairly dense little balls.  Handle then as little as possible when rolling them up into balls and remember to make them at least 1 inch.  The smaller they are, the more dry and dense they will be.
    • Serve these with a dipping sauce of your choice.  The original recipe uses a mayo/mustard dip, but I prefer a french onion or chipotle southwestern dip.
    • Source: This one is from Paula Deen.

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