My father has made sausage balls for Christmas morning as long as I can remember. I often wonder why he did not get recipe credit for this amazing comfort food as he has been making them for 40 + years! Sausage balls are wonderful for tailgating and a delicious cocktail appetizer, but most of all as a breakfast snack on Christmas morning. We like to serve Strata as well (recipe in search on, but I usually stuff myself silly on the sausage balls and have no room left! The ingredients are simple and the prep and cleanup are easy. If selecting sage sausage, then add about 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper. I prefer to grate my own cheese rather than buying  pre-shredded, as I do not like the caking ingredients used in packaging. I also prefer not to use low-fat cheddar as it does not melt well and the sausage balls will be dry. This recipe has been handed down thru the generations and creates great memories. You will be surprised at how quickly they disappear!


  • 1 pound ground hot sausage, add sage spice
  • 3 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 cups Bisquick baking mix
  • 3 tablespoons water


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine sausage, cheese, and baking mix using hands to mix well.
  3. Gradually add water until it gets to the  consistency where you can roll into 1 inch  balls.
  4. Roll into balls about 1 1/4 inches in size and place on an ungreased baking sheet.
  5. Bake 10-12 minutes, Remove and cool on rack or parchment paper. Quickly move to sealed container or ziplock storage bags.
  6. These keep for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator and freeze very well.

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