Monday, October 3, 2011

Savory Sausage-Cheese Balls

This recipe came from my father-in-law. I think he got it out of a magazine, but don't know which one. It was really good when he made it so I had to give it a try. Around the holidays, I cook a similar sausage cheese ball, but it's a lot more biscuit mix and cheese, and of course less meat. These sausage balls are very meaty.

2 (16 oz.) packages of sausage (Jimmy Dean--I used the Sage flavor), raw
4 c. shredded cheddar cheese
1 ¾ c. all-purpose biscuit mix (Bisquick)
1 c. onion, finely chopped (I tend to add a bit more onion than the recipe calls for)
½ tsp. garlic powder
½ tsp. pepper

Combine all ingredients and bake at 375 for 15 minutes. Cool on pan.

*Makes 8 dozen

Serve with Savory Dipping Sauce recipe.

The first batch I put on wax paper, hoping for an easy clean up. The sausage balls stuck to the paper! Second batch I put directly on the pan and they turned out great. Because the meat is raw, it releases a lot of grease while cooking and that helps, whereas in my holiday sausage-cheese ball recipe, the meat is cooked in advance so there's no extra grease to help it not stick to the pan.

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