There is a reason Bisquick sausage balls are popular during the holidays – these munchies are pure ecstasy.
And not only does this American classic never fail to disappoint, it’s oh so easy to make too!
Bisquick sausage balls are a certified crowd-pleaser. It’s one of those treats that disappears in a matter of minutes.
Whether I make them for the holidays, bring them to tailgates, or just serve them on a random Wednesday, they’re always a hit.
The best part is that these ridiculously flavorful balls come together in just a few minutes! You can whip up a huge batch in no time, making it the perfect party food.
So, if you want to please your family and friends at your next gathering, but don’t want to go through all that effort, then look no further. This recipe is for you!
And if you want more easy dishes that don’t take a ton of time, you’ll love these simple Bisquick recipes.
What are Sausage Balls?
Sausage balls are a scrumptious snack made with sausage and Bisquick baking mix. If you can’t picture it, imagine what it would be like if meatballs and muffins were to have a baby.
They’ve got that nice biscuit-like consistency thanks to the baking mix.
As for the taste, it’s a glorious combination of sausage and cheese – rich, meaty, cheesy, and downright delicious. They’re as big as golf balls, so you can devour each piece in one to two bites.
They make a great breakfast component, tailgate snack, and a holiday appetizer.
Tips and Tricks
While the original recipe calls for ground pork sausage, you’re free to choose whatever sausage you want!
Whether it’s a maple syrup breakfast sausage, a sharp sage sausage, a mild Italian sausage, a hot spiced sausage, a bright chorizo – just as long as it’s uncooked ground sausage, you really can’t go wrong.
For me, though, I find that a cheap and fatty sausage makes the best sausage balls. They’re super greasy, which makes the balls incredibly moist and addictive.
When it comes to cheese, the sky’s the limit, too! I love the sharpness of Cheddar cheese, but you can substitute or add more cheeses as you please.
Try cream cheese, pimento cheese, Mozzarella, Pepper Jack, Colby Jack, Monterey Jack, Parmesan, or even Cheese Whiz.
Cheese tastes good with meat no matter what, so don’t be afraid to get creative. Have fun customizing those balls!
Whatever cheese you use, be sure to shred it yourself. Don’t use pre-shredded cheese because it doesn’t melt as well and doesn’t have the moisture that freshly grated cheese has.
And believe me, that moisture is essential in this recipe! You’ll only end up with dry sausage balls if you don’t!
Depending on the sausage and cheese you use, you may end up with a dry batter. Don’t worry, that’s where the milk comes in. Start with 1/4 cup of milk and just add more if necessary.
And feel free to spice things up too! Use your favorite herbs and seasonings to add flavor to your sausage balls.
Cayenne, chives, curry, basil, parsley, celery seeds, minced green onions, dry ranch, and red pepper flakes all make great additions. Let me know which ones work best for you!
Let the sausage and cheese warm to room temperature before you use them. This will make it a lot easier to combine the ingredients.
Line your baking sheets with a layer of parchment paper to make cleaning up a lot easier.
If you’re on a Gluten-Free diet or serving guests who are, no worries! You can substitute gluten-free Bisquick for the baking mix and just use gluten-free sausage and cheese instead.
Here’s another healthy option: use turkey sausage. Now, turkey sausage has less fat, so the sausage balls will have a little less moisture. But, all things considered, they still make a delicious snack.
If you’re on a low-carb diet, but still want to enjoy these heavenly balls, use CarbQuik low carb flour or Hearsmart Bisquick. If you need to add liquid to the batter, use almond milk.
Bisquick sausage balls are already tasty on their own, but with the right dip, they’ll taste even more phenomenal.
You can’t go wrong with a simple gravy or a mayo-mustard dip, but you could also kick things up a notch with a sour cream, mayo, and Thai sweet-chili sauce dip! It adds a creamy and spicy layer to the snack that just elevates its flavor to a whole new level.
No Bisquick on hand? No problem! Bisquick mix is easy to replicate! If you have some flour, baking powder, salt, and melted butter, shortening, or coconut oil, then you’re in luck! Just combine these ingredients and you’re all set.
Can You Freeze Sausage Balls?
Absolutely! That’s another thing I love about sausage balls. I can make a huge batch ahead of time, freeze them, and just cook or reheat whenever I’m in the mood.
Sure, you won’t get the same freshly baked texture, but they’re still delicious, nonetheless. Whether you freeze them raw or baked, they’ll still taste fabulous.
To freeze raw sausage balls, just roll them up and freeze the balls on a cookie sheet for several hours. Then, transfer them into a ziplock bag or airtight container and freeze for up to 3 to 4 months.
You can defrost them for 20 to 30 minutes before baking, or just bake them frozen. Just double the baking time if that’s the case.
If you’re thawing baked sausage balls, just bake them at 300 degrees until heated all the way through. Or just give them a quick spin in the microwave to reheat.
How To make Bisquick Sausage Balls
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