Here’s a nifty little appetizer that basically requires only three ingredients, but if you have time, inclination and resources, you can jazz up the recipe with all sorts of flavors. I used my stand mixer with the dough hook to mix everything together, which made it a breeze. If you need appetizers for a large crowd, you can make a couple of batches ahead of time. Just form the balls and freeze them, and then bake as needed. They also go well with a cup of soup for lunch, and make a great after-school snack for the kids. Provide some dipping sauces (ranch, sweet chili sauce, ketchup(!), etc), your kids will love ya’ !
Sausage Balls (the basic recipe)
1 lb sausage meat (your favorite kind)
3 cups Bisquick mix
4 cups grated cheddar cheese
1/8 – 1/4 cup milk, if needed
Mix all ingredients together. If mixture seems too dry to stick together, add some milk, a bit at a time. Form into 1″ balls. Place on baking sheets lined with parchment. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes until golden brown. Serve immediately. Makes about 3 1/2 dozen.
– add 1/2 cup grated parmesan or asagio cheese
– stir in a little something for heat: red chili paste, some red pepper flakes, or cayenne pepper
– choose one or two of these in small amounts: sage, marjoram, poultry seasoning, thyme, cumin, chili powder
– sprinkle in some onion or garlic powder