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Louisiana Cheese and Sausage Balls

December  2, 2011
0 Ratings
  • Makes about 60 balls
Author Notes

Growing up, my family always made cheese-and-sausage balls around the holidays. I don’t know why they emerged just then; it’s not like they were a Bûche de Noel or something that screams, “JUST MAKE ME IN DECEMBER.” But anyway, such was the case. My mom got this recipe from her mom...I don't even know the original source, but it is simple cooking at its most flavorful.
The original recipe called for just three ingredients: Bisquick, Jimmy Dean breakfast sausage, and cheddar cheese. I try to use unrefined, all-natural foods so have remade this along those lines but have maintained the humble goodness of this treat.
You can make these ahead! Store them in the fridge, and warm before serving. —em-i-lis

What You'll Need
  • 1 pound spicy pork sausage (I like andouille or hot Italian), casings removed
  • 1 pound sharp or extra-sharp cheddar, grated
  • 3 cups organic pancake mix (I use Whole Foods' buttermilk pancake mix)
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • cayenne for sprinkling
  1. In a 10" skillet, lightly brown the sausage to release some of the grease, crumbling the meat as you go. Drain on paper towels if necessary. Preheat the oven to 375.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the browned sausage, grated cheese, and baking mix. By the 1/8 c, add buttermilk until the mix comes together. You don't want this to be wet, but you do want to be able to roll the mix into balls. Using a spoon and your hands, make walnut-size balls and place on a greased baking sheet. Sprinkle with cayenne. Cook until brown (about 15 mins), cool and serve or store.
  3. Note: In the picture are cheese-and-saus balls made with three different kinds of sausage, hence the variation in color. It's fun to make a mix!

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7 Reviews

Nancy W. September 4, 2015
My mom made these too, but only at the beginning of the school year! She would put them in the freezer and we could heat a few at a time for a quick breakfast.
em-i-lis September 4, 2015
What a great idea!!
boulangere May 30, 2012
Oh yeah, I remember these beauties!
em-i-lis May 31, 2012
em-i-lis December 3, 2011
Oh good, y'all! Hope you like them!
aargersi December 3, 2011
You had me at "Louisiana"
boulangere December 2, 2011
A plateful, please!