Sausage balls can be as simple or as involved as you want. With Bisquick as the base, you can add a variety of ingredients to change up a basic recipe.
Most recipes use in the area of 2 cups of Bisquick, and mix the ingredients raw. There are some that cook the sausage and other ingredients first. Generally, these will not bake as long. Also, the preferred size is a one inch ball, (if no size is listed, use 1 inch).
At its most basic, the Bisquick Sausage Ball recipe is:
10 oz grated cheese (usually cheddar)
1 Pound sausage
2 Cups Bisquick
½ Tsp garlic (optional)
Mix thoroughly, form into balls, bake in 350 degree oven for 20-30 minutes or until done. Changing cheeses or using different types of sausage changes the flavor. Adding additional ingredients also adds to it. Fresh minced onion or bell pepper can really jazz it up.
Try adding tobasco, picante, or teriyaki sauce for a bit of pizzazz. A little mint or other spices will punch it up as well.
Among my favorites is Sausage Potato Cheese Balls:
2 Cups grated Cheddar-Jack cheese
1 Pound sausage (I like hot Italian)
4 Heaping Tbsp Sour Cream
1 Cup grated potatoes (put on paper towel to absorb excess moisture)*
2 ½ Cups Bisquick
You can use frozen hash browns, thaw and paper towel as above. Mix together, form into balls, bake on parchment paper in 375 degree oven for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
Cooked Sausage Balls:
1 Pound favorite sausage
1 onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
¼ cup chicken broth
½ to 1 Tsp salt
½ Tsp onion powder
½ Tsp garlic powder
¼ Tsp thyme
¼ Tsp ground sage or Bell’s Seasoning (opt)
(Note: spices may be adjusted to taste)
10 oz grated cheddar cheese
3 Cups Bisquick
In a skillet over low heat, break up sausage and simmer in chicken broth with all the other ingredients except cheese and Bisquick. Stir frequently until sausage is no longer pink, about 20 minutes. Do not brown. Let cool about 10 minutes.
Combine all ingredients, roll into balls and bake at 375 degrees for about 12 minutes or until done.
There is even a recipe that doesn’t use cheese at all- Breakfast Sausage Balls:
1 Cup Bisquick
1 Pkg Parks Hot Sausage (out of casing)
Mix ingredients, Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until done.
Have a ‘ball’ and enjoy.