Sausage Balls

Sausage Balls @ NancyC

The first time I had sausage balls was about 20 years ago. I thought they were amazingly good and I’ve been hooked on them ever since! They’re perfect for group breakfasts-or-brunches or potlucks–easy to make, and easy to take. And everyone loves them!

The very first time I made these, I didn’t realize you weren’t supposed to cook the sausage before hand, and mine turned out very dry. So be sure not to cook the sausage! Mix it up raw with the baking mix and the cheese. You’ll have to use your hands, since it’s such a thick mixture (those plastic disposable sanitary kitchen gloves come in handy for this). After the ingredients are mixed together, you just roll into balls, place them on a baking sheet, and pop in the oven. And everyone will love you for making these. 🙂

SAUSAGE BALLS

Makes about 3 dozen

  • 2 cups baking mix (like Bisquick)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic or onion powder, optional
  • 2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 pound uncooked pork sausage at room temperature

Preheat oven to 350˚F. Grease (or line with parchment paper) a 15 x 10″ or 13 x 18″ baking sheet; set aside.

Mix baking mix and sausage together in a bowl; blend well, then add in the cheddar cheese (the mixture will be very thick; you’ll need to mix everything well with your hands). Roll mixture into 1″ to 1 1/8″ balls; arrange balls on prepared baking sheet.

Bake at 350˚F for 25 minutes, or until golden brown and sausage is fully cooked. Drain on paper towels, then serve warm.

Some of my friends bake these at 375˚F for 18 minutes with good results, if you like having a shorter baking time. And you can freeze any leftover sausage balls and reheat at 350˚F for 10 minutes. But don’t count on having any leftovers!

Have you ever made sausage balls? It’s definitely a favorite recipe of mine!

Linked to Throwback ThursdayFiesta Friday, Weekend Potluck, Create With Joy, Meal Plan Monday, Show and Share, Wow Me Wednesday, Create it Thursday, Thursday Favorite Things.

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34 thoughts on “Sausage Balls

  1. Jhuls

    I could keep a bunch in my bag and much them on like a snack if I want to. 😀 These sound really good, Nancy. I might take some while roaming around to see our other FF friends. Happy FF. 🙂

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  2. Linda Moore

    I use my kitchen aid mixer to combine ingredients. much faster and easier than hand mixing. they are great for a quick breakfast as well as a snack

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    1. nancyc Post author

      I just serve as is–they’re so good and cheesy on their own! But you could serve them with your favorite dipping sauce, too!

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      1. petra08

        hi Nancy
        I have already found a recipe for baking mix and I am sure there will be some time this week! 🙂

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  3. cheri

    Hi Nancy, these look delicious, I know these would be a big hit at our family gatherings. Hope you are having a nice week-end.

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  4. Tony

    These were so good! I used about 3 cups of cheese and spicy sausage. I also used 1/4 of an onion, clove of garlic and like 10 slices of jalapenos pureed with an egg. Thanks for the inspiration…I had never even heard of such a thing before but wow!

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  5. Mary

    One word – YUM! Thanks so much for sharing these at Weekend Potluck, Nancy! We hope to see you again this weekend, linking up more of your great recipes!

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  6. Karen

    I haven’t made these in a long time but remember how popular they were when I served them. I usually add some chopped spinach to the mix.

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