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Sausage Cheese Balls

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Classic sausage cheese balls are an awesome easy appetizer to feed a large crowd.

With just a few simple ingredients (and the seasonings of your choice or ours), this quick and easy delicious appetizer recipe is a seriously crowd-pleasing finger food

sausage ball on a toothpick.

Why you will love making quick Appetizer Recipes!

No matter whether it’s a huge neighborhood football party or simply a game night with friends, everyone likes to get in and out of the kitchen quickly. 

But do not skimp on the food!

These Bisquick sausage cheese balls mix and cook, making this a quick and satisfying appetizer recipe

Plus, they are easy to alter with different types of sausage and cheese and can be served with a little toothpick for easy grabbing. Absolutely a holiday staple, try sausage cheese balls smothered with our favorite cranberry sauce recipe too!

finger food recipe on a sheetpan.

Ingredients:

  • Jimmy Dean ground sausage
  • veggies – onion and celery
  • baking mix (Bisquick or Jiffy baking mix)
  • seasonings – garlic powder, salt, and ground black pepper
  • freshly shredded cheddar cheese

How to make Appetizer Sausage Cheese Balls.

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Combine sausage, onion, celery, baking mix, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and cheese in a mixing bowl. Mix well. Use your hands if necessary to knead the mixture.
  3. Kneading Tip: Knead with your hands like it’s bread. There will be some baking mix on the bottom, but keep kneading, and it will come together just fine!
sausage cheddar balls being mixed in a mixing bowl.
  1. Using a 2-tablespoon portion scoop, scoop the sausage mixture into the palm of your hand and roll it into a ball.
  2. Place onto a baking sheet in a single layer, at least 1/2″ apart.
  3. Bake for 15-18 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven, and let stand for a few minutes before serving hot with your favorite dipping sauce.
making ground sausage into balls for appetizer recipe.

How to store leftover sausage balls.

Seal in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days. Warm in the microwave. 

Can sausage balls be frozen? 

The great thing about meat and sausage-based recipes is that they freeze fairly well. The biggest issue is they can’t be thrown into a gallon-size bag raw, or you will get one lump of meat.

Store prepped but uncooked sausage and cheese balls in an airtight plastic container, at least 1/2 inch apart, in the freezer. Once balls are frozen, they can be transferred to a gallon-size bag if preferred. 

To cook, remove from freezer, place on a sheet pan and place in fridge, and let defrost. Cook as normal. 

Turn sausage balls into breakfast balls.

There are a wide variety of ground sausage types.

Try using pork breakfast sausage for a great side that complements the best breakfast casserole recipe, or create with Italian sausage for a perfect party platter pleaser! 

use pork sausage to have breakfast balls or appetizers.

Recipe Tips

Alter sausage for grown turkey, ground chicken, or ground beef. 

Many people suggest adding a bit of milk into the mixture, but we believe to keep mixing until all ingredients are incorporated. 

Measure carefully, so you do not add too much baking mix and dry out the ground sausage. 

Using freshly shredded cheddar cheese from the block over pre-shredded cheese provides a juicier meatball. Or mix up the types of cheese by trying pepper jack, Monterey jack, or sharp cheddar cheese.

Dipping sauce is a crowd favorite at a holiday party. Great sauce for dipping is barbeque sauce, honey mustard, or chili sauce. 

Last-Minute Appetizers for Parties

Looking for some of the most perfect appetizers for last-minute entertaining? Dip recipes will consistently rank high, but there are many great ways to serve delicious food quickly. 

Here are our recipes recommendations! 

For easy dip recipes with 5-star ratings, try a savory cucumber dip recipe, a sweet booty dip recipe, hot crack corn dip, or melty Velveeta cheese dip, also known as the TikTok queso recipe.

Must haves for any gathering are chicken wings, jalapeno poppers, and cream cheese stuffed mushrooms

To get creative and unique with appetizers, try deep-fried deviled eggs, candied pecans, or garlic parmesan pizza rolls (also great for lunch!).

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Sausage Cheese Balls (With Cheddar)


Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Sausage cheddar cheese balls are an easy appetizer finger food that can be made in huge batches. Simple, delicious, and a classic appetizer recipe.

Equipment

  • 2 tablespoon scoop

Ingredients
 

  • 1 lb ground sausage
  • ¼ cup diced onion
  • ¼ cup diced celery
  • ¾ cup baking mix Bisquick or Jiffy Baking Mix
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground pepper
  • 8 oz. shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375. 
  • Combine ground sausage, diced onion, diced celery, baking mix, garlic powder, salt, black pepper, and shredded cheddar cheese in a bowl. Mix well. Use your hands if necessary to knead the mixture. 
  • Kneading Tip: Knead with your hands like it’s bread. There will be some baking mix on the bottom, but keep kneading, and it will come together just fine!
  • Using a 2-tablespoon portion scoop, scoop sausage into the palm of your hand and roll it into a ball.
  • Place sausage balls onto a baking sheet in a single layer, at least 1/2" apart. 
  • Bake the appetizer for 15-18 minutes.
  • Remove sausage cheddar balls from the oven and let stand for a few minutes before serving hot.

Notes

Many people suggest adding a bit of milk into the mixture, but we believe to keep mixing until all ingredients are incorporated. 
Measure carefully, so you do not add too much baking mix and dry out the ground sausage. 

Nutrition

Serving: 3balls | Calories: 76kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 218mg | Potassium: 45mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 0.4g | Vitamin A: 76IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 0.2mg

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