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Primal Sausage Balls, Just Like You Remember

In my mind, these sausage balls are a creation of the south, but that’s probably just because I don’t remember ever eating them when I lived in Ohio. But seeing as though we moved from there when I was 8, it has been a few years.

There were three ingredients in the original recipe: sausage, cheddar cheese and Bisquick. I’m sure that baking mix is available everywhere and so this tasty little treat recipe has most certainly made its way across the country.

Wherever you’re from and whatever your heritage, sausage balls = yum.

For all the trouble I’ve had this season with some of the recipes I’ve been trying to perfect, this one was easy. You can mix it together in less than 10 minutes, bake them in 30 and you and your gang can be savoring each tasty morsel in no time.

If you have kids who don’t mind getting their fingers dirty, this is a great recipe for getting them involved.

I promise, if you serve these at your next party, you will be the hero of the night! Or if you’re like me, serve them for dinner. It’s still food! Who says you can’t have appetizers for dinner? Not me!

 

Primal Sausage Balls
Print Recipe
Just like your remember, but without the grains!
Servings Prep Time
40 pieces, depending on size 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
40 pieces, depending on size 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Primal Sausage Balls
Print Recipe
Just like your remember, but without the grains!
Servings Prep Time
40 pieces, depending on size 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
40 pieces, depending on size 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: pieces, depending on size
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare a rimmed half sheet pan by covering with parchment paper or non-stick foil. Set aside.
  2. Combine all ingredients except salt and pepper (see notes) in a large mixing bowl and combine well. The best and easiest way to do this is with your hands.
  3. Using a cookie scoop or a soup spoon or just your hands, form dough into approximately 1 1/2 tablespoon balls. If you use a cookie scoop, your sausage balls will look like this - kind of shaggy.
  4. Roll them into smooth, uniform balls and place on sheet pan evenly spaced.
  5. Bake 30 minutes until just starting to brown. Go ahead and cut one in half and check for doneness.
  6. Once cooked through, remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before serving. If you make these ahead of time, you can store in the refrigerator or freezer and reheat prior to serving. Reheat in a 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes.
Recipe Notes

A note on salt and pepper in this recipe: depending on the sausage you use, you may need to add more, less or no salt and pepper at all. What I recommend is that you add none to start with and once you have mixed your ingredients together, heat a small skillet over medium high heat and cook about a teaspoon of dough. Then you can taste your mixture for seasoning and add salt and pepper if needed.

I typically buy the sage breakfast sausage from the meat counter at Whole Foods. I like the flavor of this one and it's not very spicy, which my family prefers. It is a little under-seasoned for my taste however, so I do add the amount of salt and pepper I listed the recipe above.

If you use a regular grocery store brand of sausage, it will likely be more heavily seasoned.

This is the grass fed cheddar I prefer, which I find at Whole Foods. There are other brands, I just prefer the taste of this one:

 

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