Cheddar Sausage Balls are a classic Southern appetizer. Made with biscuit mix, country sausage and lots of cheese, there's no wrong time to serve these bite size nuggets. Most often I serve them at the holidays but they work great for brunch gatherings and tailgating, too.
Cheddar Sausage Balls
The classic recipe uses only biscuit mix, sausage and cheese leaving plenty of room to personalize with seasonings and flavor twists. While the ingredients are super simple if you've never made sausage balls before you may think they're too dry as the dry ingredients take some work to incorporate them together evenly. Once combined the mixture is stiff so patience is key. They're well worth the effort and incredibly tasty, you won't be sorry for being persistent. Once you make this easy appetizer, you'll be hooked.
Tips for Making Sausage Balls
- Use a quality sausage to make these sausage balls. I used Jimmy Dean. You can use regular or hot, your preference.
- After forming the sausage mixture into balls, they can be frozen and baked when you need them. When doing so, increase the baking time or allow them to thaw prior to baking then follow the recipe from that point.
- For the best end result, I highly recommend that you grate the cheese yourself to ensure it's freshness.
- Serve with additional mustard for dipping. I recommend sweet-hot mustard, honey or Dijon mustard.
Other Two Bite Sausage Appetizer Recipes to Add to the Menu
These sorts of two-bite treats are holiday staples here in the South. Other small bite recipes you may like to try:
- Dijon Sausage Rolls made with puff pastry.
- Kicked Up Creole Sausage Balls for Mardis Gras and holiday parties.
- Sausage Cream Cheese Bites for weekend brunch.
- Cheesy Dijon Sausage Cups made with wonton wrappers.
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Helpful Kitchen Items:
Cheddar Sausage Balls
- 2 cup biscuit mix i.e. Bisquick
- 1 tsp garlic salt
- 1 tsp dry mustard
- ½ tsp paprika
- 2 green onion finely chopped
- 1 lb pork breakfast sausage
- 3 cup shredded fresh sharp cheddar cheese
- ⅓ cup water
- Dijon or honey mustard for dipping
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In a medium size mixing bowl sift together the biscuit mix, garlic salt, dry mustard, paprika.
- Add the green onion, sausage, shredded cheddar cheese and water. Using your hands, mix until all of the ingredients are fully moistened and evenly distributed.
- Roll into approximately 1-inch balls and place on the baking sheet.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden.
- Serve immediately with mustard for dipping.