Recipe by Elaine Harper
"These are simple and so yummy ... there are never any left to bring home from holiday parties!"
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shredded Cheddar cheese
buttermilk baking mix
For the dry/bland comments ... are y'all using RAW bulk breakfast sausage? The sausage should NOT be cooked before mixing into the other ingredients. The oil that cooks out of the sausage should keep the bread part of the mixture soft and moist and make it flavorful. You can always use 'hot' or 'sage' sausage to add more spice if the 'mild' is too blah ... or add a dash of cayenne pepper to the mix. Cooking time may need to be reduced ... just watch for golden brown cheese balls.
I made these for Thanksgiving but was a little disappointed. The flavor was only okay, nothing to write home about. Also, they were so heavy and rich as an appetizer that it either just spoiled or increased everyone's appetite.
I made a version of this yesterday, but my version called for 2/3 c. milk, 2 c. biscuit mix, 1 lb. uncooked bulk pork sausage, and 10 oz. shredded cheddar. I think the addition of the milk (and maybe less biscuit mix) really helps. They disappeared fast and I had to give out the recipe right away.
I have been making this recipe for years for any party that we have. It is always a big hit and never lasts long. I use the sage sausage or special seasoning sausage to give it more flavor. My suggestion for those saying that they are dry is that you must be overcooking them. No one has ever complained about them being dry before. If you really want to kick the recipe up a notch make a batch of "hot" ones using the hot sausage and then a batch of mild using the sage. I like that this recipe can be made in advance and then cooked at the last minute. It makes planning a party much easier.
awesome and easy. i used a vegetarian sausage and found that if i added a little olive oil no one could tell the difference. a lifesaver recipe during the holidays!!
I cut the biscuit mix to 2.5 cups, and they turned out perfect. I think 3 cups might be just a bit too much. I absolutely couldn't get any more biscuit mix worked in (I was doing it by hand, though, so maybe with a stand mixer it's possible.) I added a little powdered garlic and paprika just to see how it would be -- SO GOOD! I think next time I'll use sage sausage. Anyway, thanks for the recipe!
MMMMM GOOD! My husbsand saw this recipe about a year ago and it's the only one we will use now! Instead of making one batch we always have to make several b/c they are the first things to be devoured at every party! We use the sage sausage... it adds a little kick to them!
These are SOOOO easy! And they reheat with ease making them easy to prepare in advance and reheat for a party. Not the prettiest appetizer but a very popular one!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
One Two Three Sausage Balls
Serving Size: 1/12 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 12
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 193
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