When I started dating, Mark, who is now my husband, one of the first family functions I attended was the annual Bryson Christmas Party held outside of Chattanooga, TN. I was told it was a potluck and to bring something folks could snack on. For some odd reason, I chose to bring sausage balls. They were a huge hit and ever since (now 19 years) I’ve been required to bring them for fear of being banished from the family!
Now, there is absolutely nothing fancy about sausage balls. Nor is there anything difficult about making them. The recipe is no secret and is generally posted right on a box of Bisquick. However, you can always change things up a bit with some of these ideas.
Bisquick sausage balls – traditional recipe:
1 lb of sausage (in bulk, not links or patties)
2 cups freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese
3 cups Bisquick (I use slightly less than 3 cups to make a bit less doughy but too much less or they’ll be greasy)
about 1/4 cup water
Mix together (only one way to do this, take off your rings and mix by hand!)
Roll into balls about 1 inch in diameter
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes on a lined and rimmed baking sheet
Variations for how to make sausage balls with a twist:
- Spicy Sausage Balls- use hot sausage and add red pepper flakes to the mix
- Sharp Sausage Balls- use high quality extra sharp cheddar cheese
- Sage Sausage Balls – use sausage with sage added to it
- Sweet Sausage Balls- use sausage with maple added to it and a mild cheddar
- Italian Sausage Balls – use Italian sausage with shredded provolone or mozzarella cheese and add some sauteed green bell pepper or sauteed onion
Sausage balls are a great as an appetizer or for breakfast. They taste equally delicious with a glass of fresh squeezed orange juice or a nice hoppy ale (my preferred beverage accompaniment).
Let us know your favorite variation!!