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These cream cheese sausage balls are so easy and quick to make. In just one hour, you will have a great brunch or party favorite to serve your family or guests.
Great for taking somewhere, as they don't have to stay piping hot, or they're great as an appetizer before a holiday meal.
I think these taste like a bite-sized cheesy sausage biscuit with a nice oniony bite due to the green onions. The green onions also add a nice color touch to the finished product.
I have eaten sausage balls of some sort all my life, mainly during Christmas time or at parties or potlucks.
They are such great finger food appetizers. They're hearty, full of flavor, and loved by many.
Even my husband, who doesn't really care for sausage, likes these. As long as I don't use spicy sausage in them, he's happy.
Sausage Ball Tips
Most sausage balls have only a few ingredients, and the recipe rarely varies. I felt like the original needed an upgrade, so I tried making them with green onions (or scallions).
In my opinion, the flavor is OUT OF THIS WORLD with such a small addition!
I also stayed away from the common Bisquick ingredient, as it's so simple to add the four simple ingredients included in the Bisquick mix.
These ingredients are extremely common in the average kitchen - just flour, baking powder, salt, and oil.
If you have Bisquick, you can certainly use it instead. But for those (like me) who don't have it on hand, I wanted to give a different option.
In the instructions below, you will know how to make these delicious sausage balls either way.
You can use spicy sausage or mild according to your preference. You can also add pepper Jack cheese for part of your cheese if desired.
Since I was using a spicy Italian sausage, I decided to forgo the pepper Jack, but if I was using mild sausage I think I would definitely try it. (My boys and I LOVE spicy!)
Making Cream Cheese Sausage Balls
In a large bowl, first you will add your all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt, and oil and blend together thoroughly with a large spoon.
Alternately, you can add 2-¼ cups Bisquick to the bowl.
Next, you will add to the flour mixture the sausage, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and green onions and mix thoroughly with your hands, squeezing gently to incorporate.
Try to get the mixture as evenly mixed as possible so all the flavors will be tasted in each ball.
After you have the sausage ball dough combined thoroughly, you will form into ½- to 1-inch balls, rolling between your palms to make fairly smooth and even.
Then you will add each ball to your sheet pan or cookie sheet, spacing fairly closely together.
The sausage balls don't expand or spread out, so spacing them closely is the best way to get the most balls on each pan.
You will likely need to make these cream cheese sausage balls in two batches unless you have a double oven or an extra large oven.
My oven is quite small, so I needed to use medium-sized pans. I also couldn't fit more than one pan at a time in my oven. If you can do two pans at a time in your oven, you will save 20 minutes!
Cream Cheese Sausage Balls
- Preheat oven to 400.
- In a large bowl, add flour, baking powder, salt, and oil and blend together thoroughly with a large spoon. Alternately, you can add 2-¼ cups Bisquick to the bowl.
- Add to the flour mixture the sausage, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and green onions and mix thoroughly with your hands, squeezing gently to incorporate.
- Form into ½- to 1-inch balls, rolling between your palms to make fairly smooth and even.
- Add each ball to your sheet pan or cookie sheet, spacing fairly closely together.
- Cook each batch for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Serve right away or can be served room temperature. Can be made ahead of time and refrigerated for up to 3 days. Reheat for about 10 minutes in 350 oven if desired before serving leftovers.
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