Easy Kicked-Up Creole Sausage Balls Recipe
How do Creole sausage balls differ from classic sausage balls? Sausage balls are simple to make and both flavors start with dry biscuit mix, pork breakfast sausage and shredded cheddar cheese. This variation of sausage balls ups the ante just a bit with the addition of Creole seasoning, a dash of Creole mustard and a little chives or green onion for flavor and color. They're a tasty little two bite goodie that you can serve any time of day or for any occasion.
How to Make the Best Creole Sausage Balls Recipe
The original sausage balls recipe features simple flavors using pork breakfast sausage, shredded cheddar cheese and biscuit mix. To transform sausage balls a Creole version, this cheesy sausage ball recipe is embellished with fresh chives, a kicked-up Creole seasoning and a generous serving of Creole mustard. Put a little taste of NOLA and Mardis Gras on your appetizer menu and bake a batch of homemade sausage balls today.
- Ingredients you'll need to make homemade Creole Sausage Balls: Pork breakfast sausage, biscuit mix (i.e. Bisquick or similar) shredded cheese, Creole seasoning, fresh chives (or green onions), Creole mustard and milk or buttermilk.
- Kitchen tools you'll need: A medium bowl, measuring cups and spoons, cheese grater, sheet pans, meatball scoop or small ice cream scoop, (You can also divide the mixture using a Tablespoon.)
- What Creole seasoning should I use to make sausage balls? There are many variations of Creole seasoning and the short answer is to use one that's readily available in your grocery store. Tony Chachere's and Zatarains are both typically easy to find.
- What sausage is best for making sausage balls? I use Jimmy Dean sausage as I find it's not terribly greasy and the sausage balls don't shrink while baking.
- What is biscuit mix? Dry biscuit mix is the same thing as Bisquick which is a brand most are familiar with and it's easy to find. It's also fine to use whatever brand you like most.
- Can I use green onions in place of chives for Creole Sausage balls? Ye,s finely chopped green onion will work fine in the recipe.
- Why Creole mustard? The mustard beautifully compliments the flavor of the pork sausage, and enhances the flavor profile overall.
- Can sausage balls be frozen? Yes, they can be! Place them onto a sheet pan and into the freezer until frozen solid. Transfer them to a plastic storage bag and store in the freezer for up to one month.
- Bake sausage balls from frozen, allowing 15 minutes on the pan at room temperature and increasing the bake time for 5-10 minutes to accommodate.
- Store baked Creole Sausage Balls chilled in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Reheat in single servings in the microwave or larger portions in an air fryer at 350°F for 2-3 minutes depending on how many you're reheating.
More Creole Inspired Recipes to Make
- You may also enjoy my recipe for Easy Shrimp Creole with a scoop of rice.
- Chicken and Sausage Gumbo is comfort food in a bowl.
- Creole Squash Cakes are seasoned perfectly.
- Creole Andouille Rice Brunch Bake is certain to be the star of your special brunch menu.
- Crawfish Etouffee is a restaurant favorite you can make even better at home.
- Treat the family to homemade Shrimp Po'Boys for supper.
- Another Creole inspired recipe you may like to try is this Crawfish Cheese Bread recipe from Creole Contessa.
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Helpful Kitchen Items:
Kicked Up Creole Sausage Balls
- 2 ¼ cups dry biscuit mix [i.e. Bisquick]
- 2 teaspoon Creole seasoning
- 2 tablespoon chopped chives or 2 green onions thinly sliced
- 1 lb hot or mild ground pork breakfast sausage [i.e. Jimmy Dean]
- ½ cup milk or buttermilk
- 3 tablespoon creole mustard plus additional for serving
- 1 ½ cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- Sweet-hot Creole or honey mustard for serving
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- In a medium size mixing bowl, mix together the biscuit mix, creole seasoning and chopped chives or onion.
- Add the sausage, ½ cup of milk or buttermilk and creole mustard.
- Using your hands, mix until thoroughly combined. (If this is your first time making sausage balls, it takes a few minutes to fully incorporate all of the ingredients.)
- After the sausage and biscuit mix is combined, add in the shredded cheddar cheese. Mix until evenly distributed.
- Divide the mixture using a tablespoon or small cookie scoop. Roll the mixture into bite size balls and place onto the cookie sheet 1-inch apart.
- Bake for 22-25 minutes or until golden.
- Serve warm with sweet-hot mustard, Creole or honey mustard for serving.
Can you make the balls the day before, refrigerate and then bake them the next day? Or are you better off baking them and then reheating them?
You can form them the day before, yes.
Do they freeze well? If so, would I make them and freeze them before cooking or freeze them after cooking? If freezing them after cooking what is the best way to reheat?
Hi Ladd, they freeze well both ways. You can form them, place on a sheet pan and freeze solid, then pop into a bag and freeze. Bake from frozen per the recipe, adding about 5-10 minutes to the time, until baked through. I usually let them sit on the pan a bit to thaw before popping into the oven, to shorten the time. Test one for doneness.
Thank you very much!
Hi I am planning on making this as an appetizer this year. Can you inform me how much I would get from this so I can determine if in need more ingredients. Thank you!
Sure, depending on how large you form them around 42 sausage balls.
I love these sausage balls! I make them all the time.so delicious..
Thank you so much!
Don't they get really greasy from the sausage?
No, they don't. but, you need to use a quality sausage like Jimmy Dean or similar.
Can you make these the day before a party and reheat them the next day?
Yes, you can.
Do you brown the sausage first?
No, the sausage cooks in the oven.
That is precisely why I wrote the recipe using a "regular" sausage. Adding the amount of spice and adjusting the level of heat to your personal taste is every cooks perogative. ~ Melissa
do you cook the sausage on the stove or will it cook in the oven sorry first time to make
No need to cook it prior, follow the recipe.
>> Anonymous Anonymous said...
>> I usually use hot sausage...
With a hot sausage, you let someone else dictate your product. The spicy sausage spice will overwhelm what you are trying to do. Going with a milder base allows you to have more 'impact' with what YOU want, in this case Creole.
I use Jimmy Dean hot sausage hen add chipotle powder to the recipe. How much is up tp ypu. I add LOTS!!!!!!!!
I use plain sausage when I make these due to adding Creole seasoning. Yes, it would make them more spicy, but, use your best judgement to make them to your personal taste.
I usually use hot sausage .... Will the creole spices make it even hotter? Did you use mild sausage?
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What a fantastic twist! I love sausage balls. I can tell I'm going to be nibbling a bit too much at the holiday party this year. I'm always the one who lingers anyway. Thanks!