Sausage Balls

Sausage Balls

2 cup All Purpose Flour
1/4 cup Butter, cut in pieces
1/2 tsp Cream of Tartar
1/2 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Baking Soda
1/4 cup Dry Nonfat Milk
1 lb bulk Hot Pork Sausage
3 cup Extra Sharp Cheddar, shredded


  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • In a food processor, combine dry ingredients.
  • Slowly add the Butter, pulsing as each piece enters to fully incorporate into the dry ingredients.
  • In a large bowl, break down the sausage with your hands.
  • Slowly add the Cheese and Flour mixture, alternating between the two. Dough should be slightly crumbly.
  • Grease a large cookie sheet.
  • Using your hands, make small balls (slightly smaller than golf balls) of the dough, rolling the dough in your palms; place on the cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 18 to 20 minutes.

Makes about 2 dozen, depending on size.

NOTES: Any Southerner will recall this recipe. It is that simple brunch snack or holiday appetizer that everyone loves. I grew up in a trailer park in Georgia, and we had a holiday party at the local club house. I was the only child usually there, and there were many people in their sixties or so. There was always a bunch of these wonderful treats there.

Let’s talk sausage: Though pork sausage is easy to find, I really have to advocate for Jimmy Dean® hot sausage. This is the only traditional sausage I would use.

Now the above is a homemade version–a lot of people will just use Bisquick® baking mix, which is fine if you’re in a hurry, though the above recipe is all natural.


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