Ingredients you’ll need
- Baking Powder
- Uncooked breakfast sausage
- Cheddar cheese
How to make sausage balls from scratch
- Place the flower, baking powder and salt in a food processor or large bowl, add butter and process until combined or use a pastry cutter.
- Add uncooked sausage and process until well combined. If you don’t have a food processor, use your hands or a stand mixer to combine.
- Use a small ice cream scoop to form into balls and place on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Once the ingredients are combined, you can roll them into balls, but it’s quicker and you will get prettier shaped sausage balls if you use a small ice cream scoop like this one.
- Bake for 15 minutes until browned.
The worst thing about making sausage balls has always been getting all the ingredients combined. The only way I knew to do this was to use my hands. But this time, I was making the flour butter mixture in the food processor and just dumped the cheese and sausage in and OMG, it was perfectly blended and I didn’t even have to get my hands dirty.
I can’t believe I hadn’t thought of the food processor before. If you don’t have one, then try putting it in a stand mixer and mix it together or you can use your hands to combine the ingredients.
Put a food processor on your Christmas list if you don’t own one, this is my second one which I’ve had for at least 20 years. I had to replace one of the parts, that I broke, but it’s still going strong.
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More ways to use a FOOD PROCESSOR
I could not live without my food processor. I use it to make biscuits, pie crusts, date balls, cheese crackers, Macaroni & Cheese, and chocolate Oreo balls to list just a few. It’s great for slicing potatoes for baked au Gratin Potatoes, or making the topping for Peach Crumble.
Of course it’s ideal for grating cheese or making pesto. I could go on and on. It’s one of just a couple of appliances I could not live without. It makes a great wedding or graduation gift and of course is perfect for Christmas.
Can you make these ahead of time
What’s nice about these is that you can make them in advance and freeze them before cooking. You can also freeze them after they’ve cooked and warm them up. If re-warming, sprinkle with a little water and bake at 350º until warm.
Can you MICROWAVE sausage balls
NO!! Don’t microwave them, you’ll get rubbery sausage balls. That doesn’t mean I haven’t done it in a pinch, but they are so much better if you can warm them in the toaster oven. I have an old toaster oven that I’ve had for about 10 years and I use it ALL the time. I don’t think they sell it anymore but it’s similar to this toaster oven.
If you’ve been deprived all your life and don’t know what I’m talking about in this post, then you MUST give these a try. I’ve never known anyone who doesn’t love sausage cheddar balls. Take these to your next game day or brunch and you’ll be the hit of the party. If you are gluten-free or watching your carbs, try my low carb version made with almond flour.
Need more GAME DAY recipes
- Make a pot of hearty chili
- Try some bite sized potato skins
- You can never go wrong with Artichoke Dip
- Don’t forget something sweet like Brownies
More finger food appetizers
- 2 cups flour
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons butter cold
- 1 lb. sausage uncooked
- 8 ounces cheddar cheese grated
- Preheat oven to 400º. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Add flour, baking powder, salt and butter to a food processor and process until butter is incorporated. Add grated cheese and pulse 1-2 times. Add sausage and pulse until it comes together.
- Using a 1 tablespoon ice cream scoop, form into balls and place on prepared rack.
- Bake for 15 minutes until slightly browned on the outside. Serve warm.
- If you want a low carb version, try Sausage Balls with Almond Flour
- You will get the best results if you grate the cheese instead of buying pre-shredded cheese.
- Use a food processor or stand mixer to combine the ingredients.
- For perfectly shaped balls, use a small ice-cream scoop.
- You can refrigerate the balls prior to baking or freeze once they have been baked.
- To reheat, sprinkle with water and bake at 350º for 5-10 minutes.