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December 12, 2007

Sausage Balls

Sausage Balls

Who says a home baked gift has to be sweet? Why not cheesey and savory instead? These sausage balls are just that gift! If you've got a vegetarian on your list this year, you can even make a vegetarian version that is simply wonderful. This is an easy, quick recipe and after all this time of year what's better than just that?

What You'll Need:
1 - 16 ounce package of regular sausage (Note: This would probably work with other types of sausage. You could use Italian or Sage or whatever, but I think they are best with just the your basic breakfast sausage.)
1 - 8 ounce bar of cheddar, shredded
1 - 4 ounce bar of Fontina, shredded
2 cups of baking mix (Note: I like Bob's Red Mill products. I've used Bob's Buttermilk Biscuit Mix in the past and had intended to use that for this go round, but the store I went to didn't carry the mix. I ended up using Bob's Red Mill Wheat Free Biscuit and Baking Mix instead.)

Preheat oven to 350 F. (And yes I'm still using my toaster oven! ;o) But I normally bake these in a conventional oven.)

In the bowl of your mixer mix together the sausage and the cheese until incorporated. Add in baking mix and mix until dough forms. (Note: Depending on the fat content of your sausage and cheese the mix may be crumbly, but that's ok. You're going to form balls with the mixture so it will come together in the end. Don't panic if it looks dry, especially if you decide to go the vegetarian route.)

Sausage Balls Ready to Bake

Form roughly 1 tablespoon of the sausage mixture into a round ball and place on a baking sheet. Repeat that step until dough is gone. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until done through and slightly browned on top.

Sausage Ball

Notes: You could add in 1/3 cup of chives to the mix for an added taste sensation. You can also just use one type of cheese, or mix that up. It's all a matter of personal preference. This is another one of those recipes you can freeze for later too, so you can get a head start if want! ;o)

Posted by Dianne at December 12, 2007 9:22 AM

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please help! I would love to make sausage balls as they are one of my favorites. I recently moved overseas to Ukraine and cannot buy baking mix here. Is there some way to make my own baking mix for the sausage balls? Any help you can give is great!

Posted by: jennifer at December 18, 2007 4:06 AM

Most baking mixes are simply flour, salt, baking powder, dry milk and sometimes a little baking soda. If you do a Google search on "baking mix ingredients" you'll come up with all sorts of mixtures. Any of them will work, but you want to use the dry ingredients and not add in the oil, butter or shortening. In the sausage balls the "moisture" comes from the sausage fat and the cheese.

Hope that helps! :o)

Posted by: Dianne at December 18, 2007 9:26 AM

Oh and you want to use 2 cups of the mix in the recipe for the sausage balls, just as you would the commercial equivalent. :o)

Posted by: Dianne at December 18, 2007 9:32 AM

Sausage balls are one of my favorite breakfast/snacks around the holidays ( I like them all year really)! I prefer mine made with maple breakfast sausage and cheddar but my parents like them made with spicy breakfast sausage.

The fontina sounds interesting! I may have to try that next time!

Posted by: Heather B at December 9, 2008 4:29 PM

I will probably make a batch around Christmas sometime...If I get a free moment that is! :o)

Posted by: Dianne at December 10, 2008 4:52 PM

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