These easy-to-make sausage balls are a perfect appetizer, game-day food, or breakfast buffet food. Eat them plain, or try them with your favorite dipping sauce.
Use Cream Cheese for Tender Sausage Balls
Some traditional recipes for sausage balls can be a bit dry, so I tried making these with cream cheese. I was immediately won over because they are soft and tender and not dry at all!
Change the Flavor
The best thing about this recipe is that you can make it as written, and you will have delicious sausage balls. However, if you want to try a new flavor, just swap out the cheddar cheese for pepper jack, for example. Or add herbs and seasonings such as rosemary, paprika, or honey mustard to change the flavor. In fact, you can substitute hot or Italian ground sausage for mild sausage.
By the way, if you like flavored sausage balls, you might love this Pimento Cheese Sausage Balls recipe.
Use a Cookie-Making Scoop
Once you add all the recipe ingredients, mix them by hand because it is the easiest and quickest way to combine them. Then either roll the balls by hand or use a cookie scoop to form them. Tip: If using a cookie scoop, spray it with a cooking spray before scooping, and the balls will release easier.
Space out the sausage balls approximately an inch from each other so they cook properly. Although they don’t spread out a lot during cooking, you don’t want them so close that they cook together.
Serve Warm or at Room Temperature
Bake these sausage balls for 22-24 minutes or until golden brown (or 145 degrees F in the center). Serve them right out of the oven or at room temperature. Later, store any leftovers in the refrigerator.
If you want to reheat them, place them in aluminum foil and heat them at 300 degrees F for 15 minutes. Then check them and heat them for a few additional minutes if needed.
An Interesting Note about Baking Mix
Baking mix is one of the four ingredients in this recipe. Did you know that around 1930, a chef developed a baking mix for train travel? The story goes that one night a General Mills salesman traveling by train asked for a late-night snack. In short order, the chef delighted him with quickly-prepared biscuits made from a baking mix he had in cold storage. Afterward, General Mills worked to make a similar product that did not need refrigeration. Today that product is Bisquick.
Hope you enjoy this recipe!