Holiday Favorites: Sausage Balls

Yum, yum, yum. Christmas eating involves several favorites in our house. A nice cheese ball, cookies of any sort (my favorite!), and sausage balls. I'm not really sure why we reserve sausage balls for Christmas time, because they aren't that hard to make, and we all love them.

Jeremy has played with the ingredients for a few years now. He's very picky, you know. It must be just right. I decided to help him shape the balls this year, but I didn't do it right.

He reshaped all of the balls that I shaped.


For the love of all things Christmas, and in order to simply make Jeremy feel better, please make sure to press your sausage balls together and round them properly. If not, we cannot be responsible for the terrible tasting sausage balls that will result.

The typical sausage ball recipe calls for Bisquick, sausage, and cheddar cheese. We haven't changed much in the recipe, but we are trying to avoid processed foods, and Bisquick is one of those processed foods that's really easy to avoid. And when you make your own Bisquick, you can use a better oil, instead of vegetable shortening. We also only buy white cheddar cheeses, and grate it ourselves. That way we can avoid the additional coloring they add to cheddar.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and grease your baking sheets. Jeremy uses coconut oil.

Mix together 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon of baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Cut 3 tablespoons of coconut oil into your flour mixture until crumbly.

Add to the flour mixture 1.5 pounds of hot sausage and 12 ounces of white mild cheddar cheese. Knead, and work it together by hand. Then, and this is the key point of the whole recipe (do not ask me for help here), roll and press the dough carefully into 1 to 2 inch balls and place on your prepared baking sheet at least 1 inch apart. Bake for 30 minutes.

Enjoy! (We sometimes like to dip ours in a little mustard.) 

PS I asked Jeremy to preview this post and you know what he said? He said he definitely wouldn't ask for my help.


  1. One of hubby's favorites to take fishing:) We both love them!

    1. They are perfect for taking on trips! I need to remember that.

  2. Jennifer, I LOVED your sense of humor in this post! lol.

    This recipe looks very good! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Lol, I'm glad you enjoyed, it's a lot of fun living with my husband!

  3. They look great! How long did it take you to roll them all out? AND, when you said hot sausage, you mean spicy hot, not warmed over the grill first, correct? (I want to try these, so I gotta get it right ;-) .)

    1. Yes, spicy sausage, and it's raw. It cooks in the oven. I'm not sure how long it took us to roll them out...maybe 10-15 minutes? (And then 5 more minutes for Jeremy to "fix" mine.) It's kind of like making cookies.


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