Jimmy Dean Zesty Sausage Cheese Balls



6 dozen (Variation: 9 dozen)

Recipe from

Jimmy Dean


2 (16-ounce) packages Hot Flavor Jimmy Dean Pork Sausage
1 1/2 cups all-purpose baking mix
16 ounces (4 cups) shredded sharp Cheddar or Jalapeno Jack cheese
1/2 cup finely chopped seeded fresh jalapeno peppers
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)


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: Cheese 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 ingredients listed above. May replace fresh jalapenos with canned.


November 2007
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