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Jimmy Dean Maple Apple Sausage Balls

Yield 6 dozen (Variation: 9 dozen)

Ingredients

  • 2 packages Maple Flavor Jimmy Dean Pork Sausage
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose baking mix
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup tart baking apple, peeled and coarsely grated
  • 16 ounces shredded mild Cheddar cheese

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 375° F. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl; stir well. Form into 1-inch balls. Place on ungreased baking sheet; bake 18 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven; cool 5 minutes before removing from pan. Serve with cocktail forks or toothpicks.

    Note: Sausage Balls may be prepared ahead and frozen uncooked. To bake from frozen. thaw on baking sheet 15 minutes; bake in preheated oven 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.

    Variation: For firmer texture, add 3 cups baking mix and 2 cups shredded cheese to the ingredients listed above.

    Note: To toast pecans, stir constantly in a small dry skillet over medium-high heat for 3 minutes, or until lightly browned.