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Today, I’m sharing this recipe from my childhood. My mom found this recipe in our church cookbook and she used to make these sausage balls all the time. They call for three main ingredients and are easy to bake/freeze for a quick breakfast, an after school snack, or even a light dinner. I’ve added a little white wine, simply to make the finished product slightly less dense, but you can certainly leave the wine out if you prefer.
1 pound bulk pork sausage (I used pork sausage, but you can easily substitute ground turkey sausage, if you can find it)
3 cups Bisquik or Jiffy baking mix (I prefer Jiffy mix since we used to live in Chelsea, MI, where the Jiffy company is located)
10 oz shredded cheese (I used sharp cheddar)
White Wine (I used a white wine from Boordy Vineyard, called Rockfish, but you can use your favorite dry white wine)
Fresh Rosemary (This is one of my favorite flavors with sausage – feel free to omit if you’re not a fan)
- Preheat oven to 375*. Cover two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Blend sausage, baking mix, and cheese until it comes together thoroughly. I use a mixer, but this can be made in the same way you would mix up a meatloaf.
- Using a 1/4 cup ice cream scoop, form balls of the mixture and place them on the prepared baking sheets. They won’t spread out as they bake, but I like to spread them out on the baking sheets so air can circulate for cooking.
- Bake sausage balls for 15 minutes, until lightly browned.
- Serve warm or allow to cool and put into bags in the freezer. These make an excellent snack or light dinner and simply need to be warmed up in the microwave.
FOR TURKEY SAUSAGE BALLS: If you prefer to use ground turkey instead of ground pork, here are a few photos from that option. I also adjusted them to a smaller size, using a 1/8 cup (2 Tablespoons) scoop. Here’s a photo of them, in all their cheesy goodness:
I hope you enjoy this recipe. As an alternative, I like to make this recipe into even smaller balls for appetizers. You can turn up the heat by using a hot sausage or you can make it even more savory by adding other herbs. It’s a great basic recipe to have on hand to share with friends. Have fun with it!