Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Christmas Eve Appetizer - Sausage Balls


My favorite thing about cooking around the holidays is making a lot of snacks and appetizers. Our Christmas Eve always consists of a few apps and a casual, comfort food dinner, so when I was given an appetizer for the most recent Taste of Home Cooking Recipe Swap, I was really excited. The recipe comes from the blog Sweet Beginnings and is for Sausage Cheese Balls.

My sister and I put this together on Christmas Eve. It was really easy, and I only made a few changes. I used 2 cups of cheese instead of 4 (very, very good call), I used hot Italian sausage for some extra flavor, and served them with a bowl of marinara sauce for dipping instead of sweet chili sauce. I also made them into smaller balls for a nice, one-bite appetizer. This recipe made a LOT, so we had some leftover which were good reheated for a snack the next day.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Bisquick
  • 1 pound bulk pork sausage (I bought 1 lb of hot Italian sausage and just removed the casing)
  • 4 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (I used 2 - 4 would have been way too much)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (totally forgot to add this and didn't miss it!)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon parsley flakes
Directions
  • Heat oven to 350ºF. Lightly grease bottom of a baking sheet.
  • Stir together all ingredients, using hands or spoon. Shape mixture into 1-inch (or smaller) balls. Place in pan.
  • Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until brown. Immediately remove from pan.
  • Serve with a sauce for dipping - I chose marinara sauce.

These were a big hit!