I think it’s safe to say that Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without cheesy sausage balls. Most of the time they are made by combining biscuit mix with sausage and cheese but the results are bland and kinda dense. I recently discovered a way to make them that’s just as easy except the end result is light, airy and packed with loads of flavor.
Oh, and a batch of sausage balls isn’t complete without mustard, so get rid of the boring stuff that’s probably been sitting in the fridge for the past 2 years, and give Hickory Farms Pineapple and Honey Mustard a try. You can thank me later.
This is a sponsored post thanks to the generosity of Hickory Farms. As always, all thoughts are my own!
Now that I’m grown, I don’t really celebrate Christmas anymore but I do make it a priority to visit my family. We listen to music, exchange gifts among the little ones and eat plenty of delicious food. Per tradition, sausage balls would go into the oven first thing in the morning so that they would be ready by the time everyone arrived. My dad would serve them with grainy mustard – which is fine – but I recently discovered something more majestic, completely by accident.
Hickory Farm’s Honey & Pineapple Mustard
I got my hands on some farm-fresh breakfast sausage so instead of just frying it up in a pan, I decided to make us a batch of sausage balls with it instead. I didn’t have any grainy mustard to serve with them but I did have a tiny bottle of Hickory Farms Honey and Pineapple leftover from some fall photographs. I wasn’t too sure how well it would pair so I cautiously took the first bite. Then the second…..and well, the rest is history. This is the only “dipping sauce” I’ll eat with them and if I don’t have any of Hickory Farm’s Honey and Pineapple Mustard, I just won’t bother making them at all.
I’m not too crazy about biscuit mix (it has a weird taste to it) so I sought out to make it myself. I hit the trusty world wide web to see what I could find and whataya know – it’s insanely easy to make. Seriously, all you need is flour, baking powder, salt and some sort of fat. A few of the recipes I found for homemade biscuit mix called for shortening – which we try to avoid – so I decided to use butter instead. The result was fabulous.
How to make the BEST Sausage Balls (They are better than any you’ve ever had before, I promise):
Step 1: Mix all of your ingredients.
Step 2: Shape into little balls.
Step 3: Bake until the internal temp reaches 165°F (I like to use my Thermapen Mk4 since it measures the temp in as little as 2 seconds with pinpoint accuracy)
Just be sure to serve them with plenty of Hickory Farm’s Pineapple and Honey Mustard!
I’m excited to bring my new recipe to Christmas this year and as a matter of fact, my sister even mentioned having a sausage ball cook-off.
Even if my brother in law (who is an amazing cook) beats me (which I doubt he will because this is the best recipe on the planet), I still have a secret “sauce” up my sleeve that he just can’t compete with!
Sausage Balls (made without Bisquick)
- 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon cayenne
- 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, grated
- 1/2 cup yellow onion, grated
- 1 pound breakfast sausage
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
- Preheat oven to 375°F
- Line a sheet pan with parchment, silicone baking mat, or foil.
- Whisk together flour, salt, black pepper, cayenne, and baking powder in medium bowl.
- Add the shredded cheese and toss.
- Add the onion, sausage, and butter. Mix thoroughly with your hands.
- Measure out 2 tablespoons of sausage mix and shape into balls.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden or until internal temperature reaches 165°F using the Thermapen Mk4
- Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post thanks to the generosity of Hickory Farms. However, all opinions expressed are my own, including thoughts in tweets. I am receiving compensation for this post. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.