Sausage balls with flour and not Bisquick are a classic favorite at our house. Less greasy than the traditional recipe making them perfect for game days , brunch, and holiday get togethers.
The original Bisquick sausage ball recipe was on the back of the box of Bisquick when I was growing up. My mom used Bisquick for everything.
I don’t really like the idea of using processed foods so I recreated a sausage ball recipe without Bisquick.
If you read the ingredients on the box, it’s flour and shortening and some chemicals. I decided that I should be able to use flour with a little butter and baking powder to get the same results.
We were all thrilled with the results. Using flour with a little butter instead of shortening made the same delicious sausage balls but they seemed less greasy. I first tried baking them on a wire rack on a cookie sheet but you don’t need it, there was hardly any grease that dripped through. Not only were they not as greasy but the texture was so much better than the Bisquick version. They were almost biscuit like.
Ingredients you’ll need
- Baking Powder
- Uncooked breakfast sausage
- Cheddar cheese
How to make sausage balls from scratch
Step 1: Place the flour, baking powder and salt in a food processor or large bowl, add butter and process until combined or use a pastry cutter.
Step 2: 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.
Step 3: 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.
Step 4: 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. (affiliate link) 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 couldn’t 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 sausage balls a try. I’ve never known anyone who doesn’t love them. Take these to your next game day or brunch and you’ll be the hit of the party. If you’re gluten-free or watching your carbs, try my low carb version made with almond flour.
FAQ’s and tips
You can use a strong mixer or your hands to combine the ingredients. A hand held mixer will probably not be strong enough.
Place them in an oven at 350º for about 5 minutes. Don’t microwave.
Substitute almond flour and make keto sausage balls.
If you are using very lean sausage, you may need to add a little water to the ingredients to get them to stick together.
They freeze great, just let them thaw and warm up in the oven.
Need more GAME DAY recipes
- Start out with a creamy Buffalo chicken dip
- Make a pot of hearty chili
- Try some bite sized potato skins
- You can never go wrong with cramy artichoke dip
- Don’t forget something sweet like brownies
More finger food appetizers
- Try a French appetizer, croque monsieurs with puff pastry
- Savory puff pastry pinwheels
- Family favorite mushroom cream cheese balls
- Addictive cheesy crackers
Sausage Balls Recipe
- 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.
Barbara’s Tips + Notes
- 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.
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