Thursday, February 17, 2011

Delicious Cheese & Sausage Balls


***Some things are so addictive - chocolate, a good book, coffee, shopping...and these Cheese & Sausage Balls!  

My Aunt Julie brought the ingredients along when they came to stay with us last weekend.  Brad and I were both so happy!  This recipe is something that she makes on Christmas day every year, so it was a special treat for us to have them on William's birthday weekend!  

The best part? - This recipe is incredibly easy but absolutely packed with yummy deliciousness.  Each little bite is like biting into a sausage biscuit from your favorite breakfast restaurant.  Even though they are made with hot sausage, they're not too spicy.  Let me just say this - I usually don't like anything that's super spicy, and these are amazing!  We did leave out the cayenne pepper, but if you like the heat, by all means add it in!

This is the sort of thing that would make a perfect appetizer for a party.  They'd be so cute with a fancy little toothpick stuck in each one, and arranged in rows on a pretty platter.  If you volunteer to bring appetizers to a party or family gathering anytime soon, this just might be the recipe you're looking for!

Bon Appetit!***

 Before baking...

Cheese & Sausage Balls
Source:  Julie Culbreth

Ingredients:
3 cups Pioneer Brand Buttermilk Biscuit & Baking Mix OR Bisquick
1 lb. mild or hot sausage, depending on your preference
8 oz. extra sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
Cayenne pepper, to taste (optional)


Directions:
Mix baking mix and raw sausage.  Add softened cheese, then pepper.  Blend well.  Shape into 3/4 inch balls.  Bake at 375-400 degrees F, for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.  Devour!


Recipe makes 9 dozen.

13 comments:

Kitty said...

These sound really interesting! Is the baking mix similar to Bisquick? I suppose I can find a copy-cat recipe for that, not something you really run across here in France! Thank you for the fun idea! I bet these would be perfect finger foods for Christmas morning!

Celeste said...

Hi Kitty!! The original recipe actually called for Bisquick, so that would work perfectly! Thanks for posting! :)

Anonymous said...

Do you have to cook the sausage?

Anonymous said...

Yes, cook sausage, drain, add cheese then bisquick. Mix really well.

Anonymous said...

I never cook the sausage before mixing with the bisquick. I mix it raw then cook in the oven.

Anonymous said...

I tried cooking and raw and it didn't turn out good when cooked its much better raw when mixing in

Anonymous said...

I've found that I have to add a little water so the mixture will stick together.

Anonymous said...

I have been making these for years and I have never cooked the sausage first. I do only use 1 cup of baking mix (I may have to try it with 3) and they are always requested at parties. So no, you do not to cook the sausage first. I've also made these with maple sausage and sage sausage.

rachwalston said...

do you shred the cheese or do you just do a soft block of cheese?

Celeste said...

The recipe has been updated to include raw sausage and shredded cheese! :)

Josh said...

I know it is almost a year since the last comment, but I just took these out of the oven and they are awesome.....I think I could use them as a breakfast under a nice country or sausage gravy.....kinda like biscuits and gravy all in one. These are so simple and a definite go to in the future for a quick and easy snack/breakfast THANKS!!!

Anonymous said...

I made these for a football game get together and I did use 3 cups of the Bisquick. Next time I will use less, tasted the breading more than the sausage. But they were really good. I will be making them again for Thanksgiving with less Bisquick this time.

Dee said...

Can these be made the night before and baked in the morning?