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Addictive Appetizers: Sausage Cheese Balls Recipe

If you have a holiday party and I’m invited (I hope I’m invited!), I’ll be hanging out at the appetizers, just eating away, awkwardly avoiding conversation unless it’s about said appetizers. I swear I could live on appetizers (or mini food items) because I love variety. But then again, if I really like something, I can eat a lot of it and mini makes it more fun. Fun like these sausage cheese balls.

Have you guys had sausage cheese balls? Apparently they’re a classic American appetizer around Christmas time. For some reason we never had them growing up – our appetizers were more the deep fried shrimp or dumplings, you know, classic Asian appetizer things. I feel like I kind of missed out so I’m making up for it now by making all the old school classics.

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Mike and I discovered these sausage and cheese balls while on a little youtube binge. We love watching Chef John – do you know him? He’s the one who taught me how to make inside out grilled cheese and I dig him because he does old school recipes in a very easy to follow way. As he explains, sausage cheese balls are just sausage, cheese, and a biscuit type dough all mixed up together and then baked for extreme crispiness on the outside and a soft yet firm texture on the inside. It’s kind of like you have a breakfast sandwich in one portable ball bite.

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Anyway, these sausage and cheese balls stood out, saying make me! I’m not one to ignore the siren song of sausage, so I made them and they were delicious. We snacked on them while they were warm, we snacked on them while they were room temperature, we snacked on them right out of the fridge. It kind of got to the point where we left the house because we didn’t want to be responsible for eating over a pound of sausage in a couple of hours.

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It turned out to be a good move because that way, we had leftovers. The next day, I made Mike a little breakfast in bed situation with some sausage balls and sunny side up quail eggs. It was super easy because all I did was heat the balls up in the microwave while I was frying up the eggs. I love make ahead recipes, don’t you?

Alright, I’m off to blast some holiday music. I need to do some appetizer research too…are there any appetizers you guys love that I should be making? Let me know in the comments!
xoxo steph

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Sausage Cheese Balls Recipe
makes about 50-55 balls

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar (I used a mix of sharp cheddar and sharp white cheddar)
  • 1.25 lb hot Italian or breakfast sausage, casing removed
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions
  • grating of fresh nutmeg, optional
  • 2 tablespoons milk

via Chef John from

Heat the oven to 450°F. Line a large baking sheet with foil and lightly oil.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir in the cheese, then mix in the sausage, green onions, and nutmeg, with your hands, until it comes together like a dough. Add the two tablespoons of milk in, mixing until just combined and you can form balls of sausage with your hands.

Using a cookie scoop (it helps to have a small bowl of water to dip your scoop in), scoop mixture into 1 inch balls, placing on your prepared baking sheet.

Bake at 450°F for 12 to 15 minutes, or until cooked through. Turn the broiler on for 1-2 minutes for a bit of extra color. Let rest of 5 minutes (they need to cool slightly before they will release from the foil), then enjoy hot or at room temperature!

Do ahead: you can make the mix, form the balls, and place in the fridge until you want to bake your balls off.

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