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Sausage Balls

My dear friend, Michelle Cox, has graciously agreed to share some special Christmas recipes. Michelle is a delightful author and a magnificent chef. She and her husband, Paul, live near Asheville, North Carolina.

Be sure to visit her website — Michelle Cox Inspirations. She has lots of amazing stories, recipes and “encouragement with a Southern drawl!”

Sausage Balls

By Michelle Cox

This recipe is for my buddy, Todd, who sometimes misses his mornings in the land of sausage biscuits. I’ve literally made thousands of these sausage balls over the years and they are so good! They freeze well so you can prepare them ahead of time and then you can just pull them out of the freezer when you need them. These are great for a finger food at your parties, a snack, or you can add some scrambled eggs and fruit for an easy breakfast on Christmas morning (or any other time).sausage

In the midst of all the Christmas hustle and bustle, slow down and enjoy the time with your loved ones as you celebrate the reason for the season. Merry Christmas from our house to yours!

2 (5.5 oz.) pkg. of Bisquick

2/3 cup milk

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1 lb. pkg. of sausage (I use mild sausage and cut it into smaller pieces for easier mixing.)

Preheat the oven to 400°. Mix the Bisquick and milk. Stir in the shredded cheese and sausage. (The best way to mix it is by hand, so take your rings off and mix everything together until it’s all blended. Wash the mixture off your hands before moving on to the next step.) Make into balls (around an inch or so in diameter) and place the sausage balls on a baking sheet that’s been sprayed lightly with Pam. Bake at 400° for 10-15 minutes or until browned. Each batch makes about 45 sausage balls.

*These freeze well. To make ahead, prepare as above but don’t bake. Put wax paper on a baking sheet. Spray lightly with Pam. Spread the raw sausage balls out so they aren’t touching. Cover with foil and place in the freezer until they’re completely frozen. Then store them in a freezer container and use as needed. They don’t have to be thawed before baking. Spray the baking sheet with Pam and then bake at 400° for 15-25 minutes or until browned.