How to Make Easy Sausage Balls (with real food)
Looking for something new to feed your family? These sausage balls are super easy, and are made with real food ingredients.
I wanted to add some new menu items to my childcare menu and I thought of the idea of a sausage ball recipe. People serve them as hors d’oeuvres at parties, but they are really just cheese and sausage biscuits. I knew they were incredibly easy to make, but they use Bisquick baking mix and I don’t use boxed foods like that.
Sausage balls made with real food
Pre-made foods are full of unnecessary chemicals, some of which I am allergic to, but all of which are unhealthy for our bodies. I wanted to come up with a plan to make these yummy flavor packed nuggets without the mix.
I started out with Trisha Yearwood’s recipe for easy sausage balls. Click here to see it. Its super cinchy to make and she’s Southern so I already know I like her food! (Plus, I just like her anyways)
Next, I pulled out an old recipe for homemade “master mix” from an old cookbook, Make a Mix Cookery that I refer to often to replace processed ingredients.
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Easy meals for kids, sausage balls
For our new meal plan requirements, we must serve at least one whole grain per day, so I wanted to make my sausage balls with whole grains. Click here to see the new meal plan requirements. You could use these sausage balls for breakfast, lunch or even snack.
Then I divided up the recipe so I wouldn’t have any leftover baking mix to deal with, I could just dump it in the mixer and mix. The mixer mixes the sausage and cheese right in for you. It easy peasy to make these sausage balls with real food. You can also add grated vegetables at this point to make your balls even healthier. I like to add green powder to get the kids an un-detectable serving of greens. Click here to learn more about that. You could also add a cup or two of grated carrots, broccoli or other vegetable. If you use something with lots of moisture like zucchini, you’ll have to add more dry ingredients because they will make your dough too wet.
After you dump everything in the bowl and let the mixer do the work, you scoop your easy sausage balls into one inch balls onto a cookie sheet one inch apart. Then bake them off.
Make sausage balls in bulk and freeze
These easy sausage balls are great for the freezer. I love cooking easy freezer foods for a faster meal later. You can freeze them raw and bake them as needed or bake the sausage balls and freeze them cooked. Either way, they turn out great. I am planning to lay my frozen sausage balls out on a cookie sheet and let them thaw before I bake them.
Save time in the kitchen
This easy sausage ball recipe is so fast and simple. It’s super tasty too. I got a hearty thumbs up on the sausage balls from all the kids and my husband. He was super excited to come home and tell me he loved them after I sent them in his lunch. I plan to keep making two batches at a time. Since I already have to get a bowl dirty, I might as well use it twice in a row.
If you need help figuring out how to get your kids to eat healthy, click here. Check out the blog for lots of other healthy recipes for kids.
I hope you try these super easy sausage balls and keep this recipe to use with your family. Let me know what you think!
Super easy sausage balls made with real, healthy ingredients.
- 1 c flour
- 3 c whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
- 2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 3/4 c butter cut into cubes
- 1 pound sausage
- 1 pound grated cheddar
In large bowl of stand mixer, add flours, baking powder and soda, cream of tartar, salt and pepper.
Mix in stand mixer until butter is pea sized.
Add sausage and cheese.
Mix with mixer until combined.
Form into 1 inch balls.
Place on a cookie sheet and bake at 375 for 20 minutes
Don’t forget to pin for later!