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Sausage Balls (A Family Tradition)


A southern favorite, three ingredient sausage balls are a holiday tradition that can be served as a breakfast or brunch item, or an appetizer. Don’t wait for the holidays to make them!

As long as I can remember we have made sausage balls at Christmas. These savory little treats hold so many dear memories for me.

Y’all have all heard me talk about my Mama and her good old Southern cooking. But, the sausage balls at Christmas were my Daddy’s thing. Mama or I may have helped him make the little balls (it makes a LOT), but it was his project. Another one of his recipes was Cheeseball with Pimento Cheese. Can you tell the man liked cheese?

We always have sausage balls on Christmas morning with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate while we open gifts. That’s a family tradition that has not changed for many years. But, the beauty of these little babies is that they also make an excellent appetizer. How versatile can you get?

Breakfast, brunch or appetizer and with only 3 ingredients. For some other southern favorites, be sure to check out Old Fashioned Tomato Gravy, Classic Southern Style Pecan Pie or The Only Shrimp & Grits Recipe You Will Ever Need.

The tradition of making them is as special to me as the times we served and ate them. After Daddy was gone Mama carried on the tradition and I would help her, or my sister-in-law Carol would help her. As she became unable, I’ve made them myself, usually with Sara’s help. And James has introduced his wife’s family to the joys of sausage balls, too.

You can find them now in the freezer section at the grocery (at least here in the south you can) and they’re passable. But, once you try the homemade ones you will never go back.

We try to eat healthy whenever possible. But there are some things that are just not the same with low-fat ingredients and sausage balls is one of them. Don’t make the mistake of using the low-fat Bisquik or cheese. And grate your own cheese if you have time. It really does make a difference.

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One last tidbit. If you let the sausage sit out at room temperature for a little while it will be easier to mix than if it’s ice cold. Mixing it is a messy job. I usually put my hands in food prep gloves like these and just dig in!

Sausage Balls

A simple Southern treat made with only three ingredients. Perfect for breakfast, brunch, or as an appetizer.

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  • 1 pound ground sausage, hot or mild
  • 3-1/2 cups Bisquik
  • 1 pound sharp cheddar cheese, grated



  • Let sausage sit at room temperature for 30-45 minutes.
  • Combine all ingredients with your hands (use gloves or baggies).
  • Shape loosely into small balls.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

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