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 50 + years! Sausage balls are wonderful for tailgating and a delicious cocktail appetizer, but most of all as a breakfast snack on Christmas morning. The ingredients are simple and the prep and cleanup are easy. If selecting regular 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. You will be surprised at how quickly they disappear!
- 1 pound ground hot breakfast sausage
- 3 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
- 2 cups Bisquick baking mix
- 3 tablespoons water
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a large bowl, combine sausage, cheese, and baking mix using hands to mix well.
- Only add water if portions of the mix are too dry, and just drops until it gets to the consistency where you can roll into 1 to 1.5 inch balls.
- Place on an ungreased baking sheet.
- Bake 18-22 minutes (depending on your oven) until golden brown.
- Remove and cool on rack or parchment paper.
- Quickly move to sealed container or ziplock storage bags.
- These keep for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator and freeze very well.