I love making sausage balls this time of year. They are delicious and incredibly easy to make, and everyone loves it when I serve them. Bring these nibbles to a holiday party, and you’ll be the most popular person there.
The recipe is quite simple.
|Prep time||10 minutes|
|Cook time||20 minutes|
|Total time||30 minutes|
|Meal type||Appetizer, Breakfast|
|Misc||Child Friendly, Freezable, Pre-preparable, Serve Hot|
|From book||By Special Request|
- 2 cups biscuit mix (I use original Bisquick)
- 10oz sharp cheddar cheese (grated)
- 1lb hot or spicy sausage (I use Jimmy Dean)
You could use mild sausage instead of spicy sausage, but I wouldn't recommend it. It's a little too bland. Don't be afraid of the hot sausage -- the biscuit mix and cheese will help temper some of the heat.
Mixing the ingredients takes a little time and patience. Don't rush it. If you don't mix everything evenly, the balls won't be as good. So just take a little bit at a time, working the ingredients together slowly, until you're done.
You can freeze the balls before baking. It's nice to have a frozen batch on hand, so you can thaw a few and pop them in the oven whenever you like.
These sausage balls are best served hot, but I enjoy them even when they’re cold. The leftovers make for a yummy breakfast, too.
This recipe is one of those quintessential Southern party dishes. Every Southern woman I know has it in her repertoire. I’m not quite sure where it originated, but I learned it from my mom, and I remember her using the recipe from a well-worn copy of Leu Wilder’s By Special Request.