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Sausage Balls

Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Jan Gautro, Laura Zapalowski


Makes about 8 dozen

Made in under 30 minutes, this is such a quick and easy breakfast addition. Freshly shredded cheese is a must for these sausage balls, which have become a traditional favorite during the holiday. This three-ingredient recipe is the perfect finger food for Christmas morning when children are too excited to sit down for breakfast, but it's also a great choice for breakfast and brunch any time of the year. 


  • 3 cups all-purpose baking mix
  • 1 pound ground hot pork sausage
  • 1 (10-ounce) package sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded

How to Make It

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, pressing mixture together with hands. Shape into 3/4-inch balls, and place on lightly greased baking sheets.

  2. Bake at 400º for 15 to 18 minutes or until lightly browned.

  3. NOTE: For testing purposes only, we used Cracker Barrel Sharp Cheddar Cheese. Freeze uncooked Sausage Balls, if desired. Bake frozen balls at 400º for 18 to 20 minutes or until lightly browned.

Cook's Notes

These sausage balls would make the perfect side dish for any breakfast casserole or quiche recipe. Make them super spicy or super cheesy. You could even make them have a mapley, sweet taste with some maple syrup added into the mix.