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


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine sausage, cheese, and baking mix using hands to mix well.
  3. 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.
  4. Place on an ungreased baking sheet.
  5. Bake 18-22 minutes (depending on your oven) until golden brown.
  6. Remove and cool on rack or parchment paper.
  7. Quickly move to sealed container or ziplock storage bags.
  8. These keep for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator and freeze very well.


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