Deck the Halls with Balls of Sausage

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Because there’s never enough to eat over the holidays, here’s a quick and tasty appetizer made from sausage, cheddar and one of the new spices I found under the tree. I made these for my family on Christmas day, in between our quiche for brunch and baked ham for dinner … not to mention the nuts, M&Ms and cookies we all grazed on throughout the afternoon. How we found room for dessert is beyond me, but we did. Consider us all troopers. Nice, happy, over-stuffed troopers. At least those games of Wii bowling burned a few calories … Hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas!

Sausage & Cheddar Balls
– 1 ¼ cups of flour
– ½ teaspoon of salt
– ¼ teaspoon of pepper
– ½ teaspoon of Penzeys Forward! Spice (or cayenne pepper)
– 1 ½ teaspoons of baking powder
– 2 cups of grated cheddar
– 1 pound of breakfast sausage (like Jimmy Dean)
– ½ of a large white onion, grated with a box grater
– 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter, melted

Heat your oven to 400º.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, pepper, spice and baking powder. Add the cheddar and stir to coat. Then add the sausage, onion and butter, and mix well using your hands. Roll into 1-inch balls and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes, or until golden and cooked through. Serve warm, on your most festive plate.

3 Comments on “Deck the Halls with Balls of Sausage”

  1. I like that you actually use flour and not bisquick. Great balls!

  2. Your balls certainly are lacking for flavor.

  3. Caroline says:

    I’ll stray from the ‘balls’ comments here haha, but these look great! I’m not sure how we made room for dessert either on Christmas Eve and day.

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