It’s the holiday season and my kitchen has transformed into a treats production facility. This time of year is an especially fun time to be cooking and baking. Whether I’m making treats for friends and family, or just for myself, baking is my favorite holiday-season tradition and I’ll take just about any reason to do so.
One of my favorite treats to bake are sausage balls.
I make these things year round, but there’s something about them at the holidays that makes them extra special. My mom and I used to make these together every Christmas, and I’ve taken that tradition into my own life. They’re my most-requested treat from my friends and coworkers, and I’ve been known to make more than one batch at a time.
I used to not share my recipe for sausage balls; I kept it guarded like a rich family secret. But really, these couldn’t be easier to make, and they make a TON all at once. Which is great, because they’re really addicting and I have a habit of eating about half a batch soon after it comes out of the oven. What can I say, they’re best when they’re still warm and crispy on the bottom.My absolute FAVORITE sausage balls #recipe ever Click To Tweet
Okay okay, Kate, let’s get to it.
Here’s my recipe for my favorite sausage balls EVER.
This makes anywhere from 4 to 6 dozen sausage balls, depending on how big you make them. I like to keep mine bite-sized, so I get 60-ish in a batch.
YOU WILL NEED:
- 1, one-pound roll of sausage*
- 1, 8-ounce block sharp cheddar cheese, grated
- 3 cups Bisquick (or your favorite baking mix)
- Dash of cayenne (red) pepper to taste, if desired
*I use Jimmy Dean Hot pork sausage. If you don’t eat pork, turkey sausage also works great. I’ve never made them with chicken sausage, but I imagine that wouldn’t be bad, either.
For this particular batch, I used half a roll of JD Hot sausage and half a roll of JD Sage sausage, just to mix it up a little bit.
TO MAKE THEM:
- Grate cheese into a large, deep mixing bowl.
- Add baking mix and sausage (and red pepper if desired) to cheese.
- Mix with your hands until it forms into a dough-like ball. *If you’re using turkey sausage and the mix gets a little dry, add 1 tbsp of oil for some extra moisture.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Roll the dough into small balls, no bigger than 1 inch. Place them onto a large baking sheet. (You can lightly grease the pan if you’d like, but it’s not necessary.)
- Bake for no longer than 15 minutes, until they’re browned and crispy on the bottom.
- Enjoy them while they’re warm. Store in an airtight container or bag in the fridge for up to a week.
If you’re worried about raw sausage, don’t. It cooks and comes out normally. (Yes, Mom and I used to get questions about that every year.)Make these deliciously addicting sausage balls for your friends & family this year Click To Tweet
Trust me, if these sausage balls last any longer than a week, you’re doing something wrong. Mine never last that long. Or maybe you’re just a lot better at portion control than I am.
If you’re looking for an easy treat to share with friends and family, these sausage balls are just what you need. Then be prepared for everyone to ask for the recipe.
Shoutout to my parents for letting me use their kitchen for a sausage balls photo shoot while I was home for Thanksgiving.
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What’s your favorite treat to make for your friends and family during the holidays?