Friday, April 23, 2010

Mmmmmm......Sausage Balls......

My mom made sausage balls when I was a kid and I truly love them with all my being. It's basically a biscuit mix with cooked sausage and shredded cheese mixed in. They are super-easy to make and our whole family loves them (shocking). I make them for breakfast and sometimes I make them for Sunday-who-really-cooks-a-meal-on-Sunday-night?-dinner. We eat them with grape jelly and sometimes even with apple butter, although I realize that's weird.

So, basically, you brown/crumble a package of regular breakfast sausage. Then, following the instructions for biscuits on the Bisquick box, you make them just like it says only you mix in the crumbled sausage and a good cup or cup and a half of shredded cheese.

Sausage Balls

2 cups of Bisquick
2/3 cup of milk
1 lb browned, crumbled sausage
1 - 1 1/2 cups of shredded cheese

Mix it all up and then drop by spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet and cook for 8-10 mins at 450 degrees, just like the regular Bisquick biscuit recipe says.

Various Tips, which you can completely ignore and they'll still be good:

- I use a spoon to drop jagged lumps of dough on the cookie sheet because all the jagged places get good and crunchy, thereby furthering my enjoyment.

- I mix the dry Bisquick, sausage, and cheese together before adding the milk because the milk makes it all cohesive and gummy really fast. It's harder to mix the sausage and cheese in after the dough is already made.

- I always go for the high end of the shredded cheese amount becuase.....well, really, because it's fabulous, glorious cheese and makes the world (and sausage balls) better. I prefer the thicker kind of shredded cheddar.

The Finished Product

My husband's cousin makes really great sausage balls a whole different way by mixing the raw sausage and cheese together with the Bisquick (I think just a cup) - like mixing and incorporating everything together with your hands like you would a meatloaf. Then make little 1-inch rolled-up balls that you then cook in the oven until the sausage is done. It is messy (that's what disposable gloves are for) but they make the most fabulous little balls of greasy goodness. I still prefer the more biscuit-y kind, probably because it's what I grew up with, but it's also quicker and easier. But his way is extra good like on a buffet table at Christmas or something.

Peace, Love, and Dinner,

~HD

Mom of Fred and Ginger
Wife of Mr. D
Lover Extreme of Sausage Balls

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