Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Sausage balls

We're getting off to sort of a rough start in December, aren't we?! I hope this doesn't effect our friendship. I've been sick this week, working from home a little bit, laying on the couch dying a little bit, and wishing this germiness away a lotta bit. The only thing I've gotten really accomplished is reading The Help because my power was out yesterday and besides sleeping on and off, and facebooking some on my phone, reading my kindle was the only non-electricity powered activity I could fathom. You would think being home would give me this glimpse into a real bloggers life...someone that does this for a living, you know? I've always thought it would be so fun and leisurely. Well it's not. At least, being a sick blogger is not fun or leisurely. It's boring, and tiresome, and it makes me one likes a whiner. So how about a subject change!?
Alas, the memory of these sausage balls were dancing through my head over on said couch, and I just HAD to share them with Now. Before I go crazy from no social interation.
This was a special treat made just for Main Man and his meat loving food chewer (that's his mouth, if you aren't familiar). I knew from the minute that my friend Laura sent this recipe to me alllllllll the way from Colorado last year, that these would happen in our house. Unfortunately I think I got the message late in the holiday season when we were all partied/appetizered out and they sort of feel like a holiday food, not a summer app. So it's been a year...but all good things are worth the wait, right?? Right.
Cream Cheese Sausage Balls (as written by Mrs. Laura Holker)

1 lb hot (spicy) sausage, uncooked
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 1/4 cups Bisquick
4 oz cheddar cheese, shredded

Preheat oven to 400F.

Mix all ingredients until well combined. (I use my KitchenAid mixer with the dough hook attachment) Roll into 1-inch balls. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until brown.

Sausage balls may be frozen uncooked. If baking frozen, add a few minutes to the baking time.
I found that about 18 minutes cooked mine in my oven so just watch them closely. YUM!

Look at those little balls of meat! Heaven, they are heaven on Earth, I tell you! Funny part about it is...Main Man wasn't as impressed with them as I was. He surprises me like that. I didn't think these stood a chance against my carnivore, but he was plowing on Aunt Vicki's deviled eggs and Cynthia's boursin stuffed mushrooms, the non-meat items, while I took care of these little at. a. time. What has this world come to?

Anyway, if you're looking for a super simple, super quick, carnivore pleasing appetizer....look no further. Word of advice: don't leave these outside to keep cool after you're done serving and saving for later if you have a dog. We didn't have room in the fridge and left some leftovers outside (covered in tin foil, of course, to stay chilled until we served dinner that night for everyone once their tummies recovered from the feast that was lunch. Sam the man was thankful for human stupidity this Thanksgiving, while picking the sausage balls out of his teeth later that afternoon...dummies.

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  1. My inner adolescent may have giggled a bit at the title (you said "balls"). Hehehe.
    On a more serious note. I'm making these as soon as an opportunity presents itself (with a turkey modification, of course). They sound awesome!

    1. I bet they would be great with turkey! MAke sure it's spicy turkey though if you can, I think having the more seasoned meat made a difference :)

      Oh, and I have the same adolescent sense of humor in judging here :)

  2. Mmm. These look really good. I can't believe any self-respecting carnivore wouldn't love them. Obviously, Sam agrees.