Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Sausage Balls

My favorite thing about cooking around the holidays is making a lot of snacks and appetizers. Our Christmas Eve always consists of a few apps and a casual, comfort food dinner. I have heard so much buzz about Sausage Cheese Balls that I had to try them. 

My sister and I put this together on Christmas Eve. It was really easy and turned out to be the perfect one-bit appetizer. The recipe makes a lot, but good news! They reheat well the next day. 

You can customize these to meet your tastes by changing the type of sausage and level of heat. Also, a lot of people serve them with a sweet chili sauce, whereas I liked serving them with a marinara sauce for dipping. However you make them, I promise you that they will disappear! 

Sausage Cheese Balls

  • 2 cups Bisquick
  • 1 pound Hot Italian sausage 
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese 
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon parsley flakes
  • 1 jar marinara sauce (or homemade), for serving

  • Heat oven to 350ºF. Lightly grease bottom of a baking sheet.
  • Stir together all ingredients, using hands or spoon. Shape mixture into 1-inch or smaller balls. Place on the sheet.
  • Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until brown. Immediately remove from the sheet.
  • Serve with marinara sauce for dipping