I am picky when it comes to sausage balls. I always try them at gatherings, but something about them bothers me. Maybe it’s the sausage. Maybe it’s the general combination of ingredients. I don’t know. I happened upon the Satisfying Eats blog earlier this week and found this recipe. They smell wonderful when baking and taste pretty good, too. They’re grain-free, so you have meat, cheese, and seasonings. That’s it. I combined ground pork breakfast sausage with lean ground beef and used chili powder instead of red pepper flakes. I sort of halved the recipe for this experiment. The toddler ate a few bites, and the hubby thought something was missing, but he said they were good. We’ll reheat them tomorrow, and I think they may be even better. I recommend keeping them on the smaller side, about a tablespoon in size, and definitely line your pan with foil.
Here’s the link to the original post from Satisfying Eats. (She has a picture! Mine were unimpressive to say the least.)
Easy Sausage Ball Recipe
Makes 48-50 small breakfast balls
2 pound ground pork breakfast sausage
1 pound ground meat (beef, chicken, turkey)
2 tablespoons of dried onion flakes
1/4-1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 pound shredded cheese (I usually use sharp Cheddar, get the good stuff)
- Mix meat and eggs together.
- Add seasonings.
- Mix in cheese.
- Use small scoop and place on foil lined baking pan (or measure 1 tbsp amount and roll into ball).
- Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until slightly brown.
Store in refrigerator and reheat in microwave for 45-60 seconds.