Three cheers for sausage cheese balls–a southern staple with four ingredients, we make these for breakfast, baby showers, busy weekday breakfasts, you name it. 15 minutes and they’re perfectly crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside.
Right now I’m wondering if you are scratching your head–wondering what sausage cheese balls are. Are you? I hope not. Because if you are, that means you’ve never had one.
And that would be sad.
All of my growing up life, sausage cheese balls were reserved for Christmas parties and weddings. And if you got one you were lucky because they always got eaten up before you could stuff any more in a napkin, or your mouth. Or your pockets.
Worse things have happened.
My mom used to sneak six slices of pizza out of the Mr. Gatti’s buffet line in her purse when I was a kid. A snack for my brother (who had already had 15 slices in the restaurant) for the ride home. This is not a lie.
Today my family eats sausage cheese balls as a breakfast staple. I don’t know why you wouldn’t. And of course because they are so basic, you could add some jalapeno’s if you wanted some heat, pepper jack cheese (or another of your favorites), some sauteed onions and peppers…whatever floats your boat.
Or you could eat them like God intended. Straight up. You won’t be sorry either way. I make a big batch and stick them in the fridge for the week. A few seconds in the microwave and you’re good to go.
What do I serve sausage cheese balls with?
I consider sausage balls to be an appetizer. Sometimes I make them larger for breakfast and we just have them with juice but if you are serving yours for a wedding, baby shower or event where other food is going to be served, consider having loaded hash brown potato skins, fruit tea punch, or my favorite bacon and cheese quiche.
Can I freeze sausage balls?
Yes! You can bake them and let them come to room temperature then put them in an air tight container and freeze for up to a month. To thaw, do it in the fridge then wrap them in foil and place them in a 300 degree oven until they are warm throughout.
If you are going to serve them in a day or two, just put them in the fridge covered and rewarm them the same way before serving. They are also fabulous at room temperature too.
Sausage Cheese Balls
- 3 cups Bisquick or other baking mix
- 2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
- 1 pound ground pork breakfast sausage turkey would also work
- 1/4 cup milk or a few tablespoons more as needed to bring the mix together see instructions
- Preheat the oven to 350 and generously spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray or line with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, combine the baking mix and cheese and toss to coat.
- Add the sausage and mix to combine.
- Add 1/4 cup milk to help mix in any dry baking mix. If you still have some in the bottom, go ahead and add 1 tablespoon more at a time until it blends well and no baking mix is left in the bottom.
- Form balls of the mix a little smaller than a golf ball.
- Place on your baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes until they are evenly golden and sizzling. Makes about 3 dozen.