This recipe has been around for years, and every cook has definite opinions and memories related to it. We found the recipe fun to revisit as easy mini muffins and with some flavor variations.
Southern Living JUNE 2007
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, pressing together with hands. Spoon rounded tablespoonfuls into lightly greased 1 3/4" miniature muffin pans. Bake at 400° for 13 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from pans, and serve warm with desired sauce, such as Ranch dressing, honey mustard, or barbecue sauce.
Note: To make traditional Sausage Balls, shape mixture into 3/4" balls, and place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 400° for 15 to 18 minutes or until lightly browned. Yield: about 8 dozen. Freeze uncooked sausage balls, if desired. Bake frozen balls for 18 to 20 minutes.
Dressed-Up Sausage Ball Muffins: Add 1/3 cup finely chopped onion, 1 Tbsp. garlic powder, and 1/4 tsp. hot sauce to sausage-cheese dough. Proceed with recipe. Yield: 4 dozen
Southwest Sausage Ball Muffins: Use Pepper Jack cheese instead of Cheddar, and add 1 (4.5-oz.) can chopped green chiles, drained and patted dry with paper towels, to sausage-cheese dough. Bake 20 minutes. Yield: about 4 1/2 dozen.
Mediterranean Sausage Ball Muffins: Add 2/3 cup chopped pimiento-stuffed green olives. Use 1 cup Cheddar cheese and 1 cup crumbled feta cheese. Proceed with recipe. Yield: about 4 1/2 dozen
Sausage Ball Cocktail: Skewer 2 or 3 warm Sausage Balls onto a small pick or skewer. Spoon a few Tbsp. Ranch dressing into a martini glass; add skewered sausage balls.
Cook time is per batch.
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