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Sausage Cheese Balls

sausage cheese balls Appetizer
Sausage Cheese Balls
  • Prep 20 min
  • Total 45 min
  • Servings 102

What does it take to become one of our most-requested recipes, one that’s been approved by nearly 2,000 home cooks? In the case of this sausage cheese balls appetizer, you must be quick and easy to prepare, include a make-ahead option and be ranked as a hands-down favorite with hungry family members and party guests alike. MORE+ LESS-

October 17, 2018
Bisquick
Make with
Bisquick

Ingredients

3
cups Original Bisquick™ mix
1
pound uncooked bulk pork sausage*
4
cups shredded Cheddar cheese (16 ounces)
1/2
cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2
cup milk
1/2
teaspoon dried rosemary leaves, crushed
1 1/2
teaspoons chopped fresh parsley or 1/2 teaspoon parsley flakes
Barbecue sauce or chili sauce, if desired

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 350ºF. Lightly grease bottom and sides of jelly roll pan, 15 1/2x10 1/2x1 inch.
  • 2
    In large bowl, stir together all ingredients except barbecue sauce, using hands or spoon. Shape mixture into 1-inch balls. Place in pan.
  • 3
    Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until brown. Immediately remove from pan. Serve warm with sauce for dipping.

  • Lightly wet your hands to roll the balls to prevent sticking.

Expert Tips

  • Since these are the ultimate party food they’re worth planning ahead for—make the balls and refrigerate them on baking sheets up to 24 hours ahead. Or roll them up and freeze on baking sheets until firm. Then plop them into resealable plastic freezer bags and store for up to 1 month. Bake as needed, no defrosting required, at 350°F for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Baked balls can be frozen and microwaved on demand!
  • What is sausage? Nothing more than finely chopped and well-seasoned meat; sausage choices are nearly unlimited. Start with the straight-up pork sausage, but consider trying other types like chicken, turkey, or bison that are spiked with unique herbs and spices. All sausages depend on some degree of fat in the mixture, which gives it its succulence and delicious flavor.
  • Offer a variety of dips when serving these up to guests. Try barbecue sauce, chili sauce, a mayo/yogurt dressing mixed up with a good sprinkle of garlic salt, lots of chopped fresh herbs and more Parmesan cheese, or a blend of Ranch dressing with a spoonful of basil pesto.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Cheese Ball
Calories
40
Calories from Fat
25
% Daily Value
Total Fat
2 1/2g
4%
Saturated Fat
1 1/2g
7%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
5mg
2%
Sodium
95mg
4%
Potassium
15mg
0%
Total Carbohydrate
2g
1%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
0g
Protein
2g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%
0%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
4%
4%
Iron
0%
0%
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
0
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • Here’s the anatomy of a perfect snack: It’s bite-sized, boldly flavored and full of warm, gooey cheese. The handy shortcut ingredient for making these appetizer superstars is Original Bisquick mix, which ensures a perfect dough every time. This party-perfect recipe makes a whopping 102 sausage balls that are easy to mix, form and freeze in advance. Just pop thawed or frozen meatballs in the oven when guests are on their way, and they’ll be greeted by the warm, savory aroma of this delicious treat when they arrive. Our favorite tip for making this classic appetizer is to use a spring-loaded scoop, like you might use for cookies or ice cream. Not only is this quicker than forming each sausage ball by hand, but it guarantees even sizing for even baking. If you love making these Bisquick sausage balls, check out more of our time-tested meatball recipes.

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