January 24, 2011
Over the Christmas holidays I was inspired to make some sausage balls. I've made them before, once with real sausage and once with a vegetarian sausage, but this time I wanted to make them completely from scratch. I started out with the dry mixture I make when I make buttermilk biscuits and went from there. They turned out perfect!
These sausage balls are a great appetizer. They also make a nice addition to breakfast or a pot luck dinner. They're simple, which is always a plus, not to mention delicious. You can't ask for more than that!
What You'll Need:
2 cups of unbleached all purpose flour
1 tablespoon of organic cane sugar
1 tablespoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of sea salt
2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup of shredded buttermilk cheese
1 pound of sausage
2-4 tablespoons of butter, softened
Preheat oven to 350 F.
In the bowl of your mixer mix together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt until incorporated.
Next add cheese and mix until the cheese is throughout the flour mixture.
Next add the sausage and 2 tablespoons of butter. Mix until mixture is crumbly:
If the mixture is too dry and you seem to be having trouble getting the mixture to look like the picture above add another tablespoon of butter. If that still doesn't do the trick add the last tablespoon. The amount of butter you use depends on the fattiness of the sausage. I use the same type of sausage each time and sometimes you need more butter regardless because the fat consistency is different from one batch of sausage to the next.
Shape mixture into walnut sized balls and place on a baking sheet that has been lined with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper:
Once you have them shaped bake for 30-35 minutes until slightly golden and done through.
Makes 40-50 sausage balls.
Notes: You can use any type of cheese you like. Colby would work. Monterrey Jack would be fabulous too. I like to use a hot variety of sausage, but that is up to you too. You could also use an Italian sausage and use Mozzarella and Parmesan for a different twist.
Posted by Dianne at January 24, 2011 1:53 PM
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Love it that you added cheese - double yum!
Posted by: Jan at January 25, 2011 10:07 AM
I love these things! Mom used to make something similar when I was a child. They are soooo good!
Posted by: Dianne at January 27, 2011 11:00 AM
Are those white chocolate chunk cookies in background?!? Yum! Sausage balls for appetizers and the best cookie ever for dessert!
Posted by: Stacey at January 28, 2011 11:32 PM
They were chocolate peanut butter chip cookies. I made cookies to give as Christmas presents and that was one of the batches. They were soooooo good!
Posted by: Dianne at January 29, 2011 5:46 PM