These cheddar bay sausage balls are so addictive, you can’t stop at one!
And they’re so good, you’ll want them for dinner, too.
Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Sausage Balls
If you’ve ever tried Red Lobster cheddar bay biscuits, you’ll know how tasty these sausage balls are.
Ready in 30 minutes, cheddar bay sausage balls are poppable biscuits packed with meat and cheese.
Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, they’re drool-worthy and jam-packed with flavor.
They’re the easiest thing in the world to make, too. Just mix and bake to golden perfection.
In my house, they’re a must-make game day snack. But I also make them for grab-and-go breakfasts to last the week. Yum!
The great thing about this sausage balls recipe is you only need four ingredients!
Yes, that’s right, you can count them all on one hand.
Here’s the ingredients list:
- Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuit Mix – The main ingredient! It adds a layer of savory, cheesy goodness and texture.
- Ground Sausage – A ground pork sausage is best. I like Jimmy Dean, but use any brand you like.
- Cheddar Cheese – Grated sharp cheddar will have the best flavor and texture. But any cheddar will do.
- Cream Cheese – To make these sausage balls extra cheesy! Be sure to soften the cream cheese for easier mixing.
How to Make Cheddar Bay Sausage Balls
Add this easy recipe to your weekly meal prep rotation, and your whole family will thank you!
In fact, it’s so simple, the kids can help you make them.
Here are the steps:
1. Mix all the ingredients. Combine the biscuit mix, sausage, cheddar cheese, and cream cheese.
2. Roll the balls. Roll the mixture into 1-inch balls. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
3. Bake. Bake the sausage balls at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20-25 minutes. Cool slightly and enjoy!
Make Ahead Sausage Balls
If you’re planning a party or want these for meal prep, you have a couple of options for making them ahead.
I prefer the first method, as reheating cooked sausage balls can dry them out a little.
1. Prep the mix and chill/freeze for later:
- Pop the raw mixture into an airtight container.
- Or, portion the balls, line them on a baking tray, and cover with plastic wrap.
- Chill in the fridge for 2-3 days or freeze for up to 3 months
You can bake raw balls from the fridge as instructed. But it’s best to let frozen balls thaw overnight before baking.
2 Make and bake the balls and chill/freeze for later:
- Make the recipe as instructed then let the balls cool completely.
- Transfer to an airtight container.
- Keep in the fridge for 3-4 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Reheat the sausage balls from the fridge, covered in foil, to keep them moist. Let frozen balls thaw before reheating the same way.
Tips and Tricks
With just four ingredients, these sausage balls are super easy to whip up. Still, there are some things you can do to really kick things up a notch!
So follow these tips and tricks:
- Make ‘em spicy. Add a fiery kick with fresh jalapeño peppers, habanero peppers, or hot sauce.
- Use a cookie scoop. When forming the balls, use a small cookie scoop for a uniform size.
- Try pimento cheese. Instead of cream cheese, use pimento cheese. It gives them a unique flavor that’s extremely scrumptious.
- Brush them with butter. Right before serving, brush them with melted butter. It makes them extra rich and delicious!
- Make ‘em extra cheesy. For extra cheesy goodness, add a small cube of cheese to the center of each ball before baking. Cheddar, Monterey Jack, or Pepper Jack all work.
- Add seasonings. Want to give your biscuits a little oomph? Add seasonings! Garlic powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, dried oregano, add whatever you fancy.
- Only use raw sausage. Do not use cooked sausage! The sausage will cook as the balls bake in the oven. Using cooked sausage will lead to overcooked sausage balls.
How to Store & Freeze
Whenever I make these sausage balls, I always plan on having leftovers. That way, I can serve the family some now and freeze the rest for later.
Here’s how to store them:
To Store: Transfer leftover sausage balls to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 4 days.
To Freeze: Place leftover sausage balls in a freezer bag or an airtight container. Freeze for up to 3 months.
To Reheat: Thaw frozen sausage balls overnight. Place leftovers on a lined baking sheet and bake at 350°F for 10-12 minutes. Brush with melted butter and cover the dish with foil to keep them moist.
What to Serve With Sausage Balls
Breakfast, lunch, dinner, or appetizer, these sausage balls are great for any meal. You can serve them with scrambled eggs, soups, casseroles, and more.
But if you really want to elevate the flavor, enjoy them with a dip. Creamy, cheesy, and savory dips take these savory morsels to another level!
Here are some of my favorites:
As for dinner, I serve these babies with tender BBQ pulled pork and beans. It’s a game-changer!
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