3 Cheese Sausage Balls!

  
 
Sausage balls have been around since at least the 1970's as a yummy appetizer for parties, tailgating and such.  They are really great if the mixture of ingredients and cooking time is just right. However, they can be a little dry if you aren't careful and usually are really best when first out of the oven.  This recipe adds an ingredient that makes these sausage balls a little more tender and moist.  Cream cheese does good things to most recipes and it isn't any less impressive in these cream cheesy sausage balls.  I also added just a touch of Parmesan along with the traditional cheddar cheese.  Try them and I think you will decide they are much better. Who would think you could improve on a sausage ball? Here is what you will need:
 
1 1lb. roll of breakfast sausage, hot or mild
1  8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
1  1/2 cup baking mix (like Bisquik)
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
dash of garlic powder
1/4 tsp. Cajun seasoning like Tony Cachere's (optional)
dash of Tabasco sauce (optional)
 
 
Mix uncooked sausage and cream cheese.  Mix in all of the other ingredients until well blended.  Roll into 1" balls about the size of a small walnut. 
 
Place on a cookie sheet sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. I use the nonstick Reynolds Wrap.  Place in a preheated 375 degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes.  Don't overcook.  Remove and serve.
 





29 comments:

  1. I make these every year but have never used cream cheese...cannot wait to try this recipe out.

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  2. Trying this recipe for New Years. I have never used cream cheese either! Sounds incredible!!

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  3. I made sausage balls this year and they weren't really that good. I'm determined to improve, so I'll be sure to try yours. Thank you so much!

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  4. Why didn't I think of that?! Once they cool off, they are too dry for my taste (have to dip them in dijon/mayo. I'm trying this next time (maybe tomorrow!).

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  5. Thank u for posting these yummy recipes.

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  6. Have used the original recipe on the Bisquick Box foe years, can not wait to try this one woth the cream cheese and the parm.....

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    1. It is much better and more moist than the Bisquick Original recipe

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  7. Can't wait to try these. Have never heard of the cream cheese/parmesan. I make them every year and always wondered what I could do to make them moist. Thank you!

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  8. I tried these Christmas Eve and they were great. They have more flavor and are moist!
    I will continue to ue this recipe.

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  9. I think the problem with sausage balls stems from the brand of sausage you buy. I have found in recent years , companies I have used, buying their brand of sausage have taken so much of the greasy part from the mix, you can hardly get enough 'grease or moisture' to cook with. I first began to notice this when making sausage gravy.,.. Lack of grease in sausage is great if you're making breakfast patties, but it has hurt the cooking aspect of the one pound roll we find at the grocery store.

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    1. Agreed. Don't know where your at. But in Oklahoma, ' Farmland orig.' Is the best. Decent amount of freeze left and amazing flavor.

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    2. Here in Tennessee the best sausage (in my opinion) is Tennessee Pride. It's not too fatty, has a great flavor, and is consist all around.

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  10. I tried this using turkey sausage. They didn't retain a ball shape, they flattened out...I ended up with meat cookies. Good thing the grand baby happened to like meat cookies!

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  11. We just made these for New Years day snacks. Only thing we did different was add chopped hot peppers. They are awesome and moist! The cream cheese makes such a difference in how moist they turned out.

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  12. When something is to dry bread soaked with milk will make it more moist, not to much just a little you can also use half and half rather than the milk if you keep it on hand.

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  13. When something with meat is to dry you can use bread soaked in milk or half and half to make it more moist. you don't need much just a small amount half piece of bread or 1/4 cup bread crumbs moistened with milk or half and half, should do the trick.

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  14. Haven't tried these yet, but I did make a batch of the old fashion type of sausage balls and I used the creams cheese for a breakfast morning at work. Two batches made and taken to work and were all gone in less than two hours. The fried bacon on barely beat them out, but there wasn't as much bacon either! A definite success and I'll be making both recipes again!

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  15. I found out that the cheaper the sausage, the better the sausage balls... why? they put more fat in the cheaper stuff. Go figure!

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    1. I've noticed that as well. I never make sausage to eat, but use it for recipes. One time a popular name brand was on sale and cheaper than the store brand, and I didn't care for it near as much.

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  16. I use Jimmy Dean hot sausage with the bisquick recipe and they turn out great but I'm going to try this one next

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  17. In Oklahoma. 'Farmland orig' sausage is the best, only one I'll use, perfect greese amount and flavor.

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  18. Thank you sweet tea your recipes are always wonderful love them all.

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  19. When I low carb, I replace the bisquick with almond meal and they turn out great!

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  20. I add chopped green chili

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  21. Wonder if these can be cooked then when cooled off, frozen for later use?

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    1. Sure they can. They have sausage balls in the frozen section at our local Wal-Mart. The only difference I can tell is they are a little drier.

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  22. if you make them into 1' balls from a 1lb how many will these make out of the 1lb? need to know how many this will serve!

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