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Jimmy Dean Apple Cheddar Sausage Balls with Dijon-Balsamic Glaze

Yield 4 dozen appetizers


  • 1 package Maple Flavor Jimmy Dean Pork Sausage
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup fine breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup coarsely grated, peeled tart baking apple
  • 4 ounces (1 cup) grated sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup Dijon style mustard
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

How to Make It

  1. Combine sausage, egg, breadcrumbs, apple and cheese in large mixing bowl; stir well. Shape into 4 dozen 1-inch balls. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook meatballs in batches of 12 or 24, turning frequently, until lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain if desired, then return to skillet. In a small bowl, combine mustard, tomato sauce, maple syrup and vinegar. Pour over sausage balls. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Transfer to a chafing dish or slow cooker; serve hot with toothpicks.

    Note: Sausage balls may be prepared ahead and frozen uncooked; thaw in refrigerator before cooking as directed above.