These even better sausage balls are
a twist on a classic recipe. One batch
may not even be enough once you
take one bite.
It’s that time of the year of all the yummy foods that will for sure help you pack on a few extra pounds. With all the holiday parties, families getting together, and with those gifts that consist of delicious treats that you usually only eat around Christmas, how can you be on a diet?
My mom is one of those food gift giving people that usually consist of fudge, divinity, and sausage balls. It all tastes so good and is always a big hit with everyone she gives it to.
Not having my own ugly sweater Christmas party this year is itching at me. I love to host parties and all the food I get to come up with and cook. I just don’t think this year I could swing it with a 2 month old who needs my constant attention.
So thankfully I can get my cooking fix making a few things for a friends Christmas party we are going to.
That’s where I came up with this even better sausage ball recipe. The classic sausage ball recipe consists of sausage, cheese, and Bisquick. Simple enough.
If you know me or have seen my other recipes, I always like to change things up a bit. Just using plain ole Bisquick is just too bland for my taste.
So what are some of the best biscuits in the world? Red Lobster biscuits. We haven’t been to the actual restaurant in years, but when we use to go my husband would murder the biscuit basket.
Well, Red Lobster got smart and started packaging their biscuit mix so you can make those yummy biscuits right at home.
That’s where my genius idea come to me. Why not use that biscuit mix instead of plain ole Bisquick? This mix has spices already mixed in so you’re going to get a much more flavorful sausage ball.
Originally I thought I was going to need 2 boxes of Red Lobster biscuit mix since the outside of the box said it contained 11.36 ounces. Well, that was wrong. I pour one box into a measuring cup and it came out to 2 ½ cups of mix. That was the perfect amount of mix.
Instead of just sharp cheddar cheese like most sausage ball recipes call for I used pepper jack cheese as well because I love that little kick of flavor. I like to shred my own cheese since pre shredded cheese has that film on it which helps preserve it.
I just threw the 2 blocks of cheese in my food processor and it was ready to go in less than a minute. If you don’t have a food processor I highly suggest investing in one.
First I mixed together the biscuit mix and the seasonings included with the hot sausage. I let my sausage sit out for about 45 minutes before I mixed it so it would be a lot more malleable to mix. I used my stand mixer to do this. Then I added my cheese and mixed it all together.
I lined 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and then started rolling about 1 inch balls and put them on my baking sheets. Give each ball a little breathing room so they don’t cook and form together. I came out with 52 balls.
Now bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees. When they are done cooking lay out on paper towels so some of the oil from the sausage can be soaked up.
Serve these hot or serve them cold. They taste great either way. I actually had to make a second batch because my husband came home and ate so many before the party I made him go back to the store to buy more ingredients. And as I have mentioned in past posts my husband is the pickiest eater in the world. He said these were his favorite out of all things I’ve made.
Even Better Sausage Balls
- 1 box of Red Lobster biscuit mix
- 1 package 16oz hot sausage
- 1 8 oz block of sharp cheddar cheese
- 1 8 oz block of pepper jack cheese
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Mix together biscuit mix and seasoning with sausage
- Shred both blocks of cheese and add the cheese to the sausage and biscuit mix and mix together well
- Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and roll 1 inch balls of the sausage ball mix spacing apart
- Cook for 25 minutes and let cool on some paper towels to soak up some of the oil