Appalachian Food

Sausage Balls

plate of sausage balls with dip

We love sausage balls but I only make them at Christmas for some reason. The Deer Hunter said Papaw Tony gets Nana to make a big batch and freeze them. Then he takes out a couple at a time to eat for breakfast.

The Deer Hunter suggested I do the same thing for him. I made a double batch, but I’m not sure there’ll be any left to freeze—we’ve been nibbling on them all day.

There’s lots of recipes out there and I’ve made more than a few of them over the years, but I’ve been using one Chatter found for the last few years.

She ate a few sausage balls at a work Christmas party and just loved them. She got the recipe from the sweet lady who brought them and we’ve been making them ever since.

Sausage Balls and Dipping Sauce

  • 3 cups Bisquick mix
  • 1 pound uncooked sausage
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup milk

Mix together all ingredients in a large bowl. You can try to use a spoon, but I find it much easier to mix with my hands.

Shape mixture into one inch size balls. Place on greased cookie sheet or use parchment paper. Bake in 400 degree oven for 15-20 minutes or till done.

Dipping sauce: mix 1/2 cup apple jelly with mustard to taste.

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    Eddie Prather
    December 28, 2021 at 6:07 pm

    Just made them and everyone love them. But I made them a little larger. The size of a golf ball or a tad bigger. But they came out just fine.

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    Sandra Myers
    December 26, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    I saved this recipe so I can try this. It sounds so good. Thank you for sharing it.

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    December 23, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    This recipe sounded so good that I had to try it so I made a batch tonight. They are delicious!!! Thank you for sharing the recipe. It’s a keeper. Christmas blessings to you and your family!!!!

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      December 24, 2021 at 7:55 am

      Michelle- so glad you enjoyed it!

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    Miss Cindy
    December 21, 2021 at 6:17 am

    They are wonderful! I just happened to be there yesterday when you were making them and got to eat a couple just out of the oven. They were wonderful as all your goodies are. You’re such a good cook, well actually you and the Deerhunter are bot wonderful cooks. I look forward to your holiday meals. I don’t cook a lot anymore, so Christmas and Thanksgiving are extra special!

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    December 20, 2021 at 8:15 pm

    I also make sausage balls once a year. I actually made them Saturday. My husband and I ate quite a few then I froze the rest. The only problem is we keep going to the freezer and getting out a few and microwaving them, LOL. I think I should have made a double batch. I hope I have enough for the kids Christmas Eve. Merry Christmas everyone!!!

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    Barbara Parker
    December 20, 2021 at 7:04 pm

    Thank you for these recipes. I make sausage balls for my husband at Christmas and this time I think I will also make the dipping sauce. I look forward to checking in on the Blind Pig and the Acorn every day, sometimes early in the day, sometimes late at night. Whatever time, I always enjoy! Merry Christmas! It will be here before we know it!!!

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    December 20, 2021 at 12:55 pm

    My stepmother made THEEEEE best sausage balls. Ate them anytime and crumbled up made the best sausage gravy and it was always ready to go. Just add some milk and more pepper. Viola! Mix up biscuits and there you go! Breakfast fit for a workingman or a hungry kid.

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    betty stephenson
    December 20, 2021 at 12:19 pm

    they sound awesome and so easy to make have to try them have a beautiful christmas everyone greetings from new zealand stay safe

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    December 20, 2021 at 11:57 am

    I make them for us and my husband’s co workers. They love em. I’m not supposed to eat them but I eat 1 or 2. It’s hard not to. Their so good.

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    Larry Paul Eddings
    December 20, 2021 at 10:09 am

    I don’t know why we only make sausage balls at Christmas. The whole family loves them. The recipe you shared is a bit different from the one my wife has used for many years. Maybe it’s time to try a new twist on things and make up some of that dipping sauce too.

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    Sharon Cole
    December 20, 2021 at 10:04 am

    Making these this week. My recipe is Bisquick, sausage & cheese. I will try your recipe!! Take care and God bless!

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    Ron Stephens
    December 20, 2021 at 9:51 am

    I am the sole sausage eater here. I am like Randy I guess. Most every store-bought sausage I try is a disappointment. I know why but I won’t elaborate. The orange ball recipe is more “us”.

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    Angelyn McLain
    December 20, 2021 at 8:45 am

    I have been thinking about sausage balls for a couple of days now. I might just have to make them! Thanks for the recipe.

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    Susan C
    December 20, 2021 at 8:34 am

    I used to make these when all 4 children were at home. We had to divide them into baggies that I labeled with everyone’s name. If I didn’t, the boys would eat them all in about 10 minutes. Great memories!

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    Nancy Eubanks
    December 20, 2021 at 7:44 am

    Hi Tipper and friends! Merry Christmas! It wouldn’t be Christmas without sausage balls at our family table. My mother used to make them, but now my nephew is the sausage ball chef. It, along with the ambrosia you spoke oof earlier, are traditions that my husband, brought up with a northern mom, has adopted with glee! Thank you for all the memories and for helping keep our Appalachian “fire” stoked, Tipper!

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    Tom Gulledge
    December 20, 2021 at 7:19 am

    My Grandmother used to make these, and I thank you for posting the recipe. I will bee making a batch thus week.

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    December 20, 2021 at 7:11 am

    My wife could make some of the best ones I have ever ate. Her coworkers would ask her to make and bring some to work for them. Her recipe was similar to the others but I think the secret was the sausage she used. She used fresh local sausage that is made on Tuesday of each week. They are Gambrell’s sausage made in Honea Path, SC. We would beg her to make us some throughout the year but she would only made them ar Christmas. I liked to tease her and have asked her to show me the law that says you can only make sausage balls at Christmas. The boys and I are having a very hard time being without her this year. We don’t feel like trying to do anything this year.

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      December 20, 2021 at 7:26 am

      Randy-I’m still praying for you and the boys. My heart breaks for your grief.

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      Patricia Wilson
      December 20, 2021 at 9:23 am

      Randy, me too – praying for you and your family. The first couple of Christmases are very hard and even the kindest words don’t make the pain go away.

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    Tammy Howard
    December 20, 2021 at 6:52 am

    I’m making these tonight!!!

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    Kimberly Moore
    December 20, 2021 at 6:45 am

    Mom made these sausage balls at Christmas too!! We didn’t get this lovely looking sauce with it. The other “ball” she made was sweet. These Orange Balls:
    1 12 oz box vanilla wafer cookies, crushed
    3/4 cup powdered sugar
    1/2 cup walnut pieces or any other chopped nut
    3/4 cup shredded coconut
    1/2 cup orange juice concentrate
    Combine all -except coconut – into one inch balls. Roll in coconut. Refrigerate until ready to eat. Yum!

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      December 20, 2021 at 7:27 am

      Kimberly-thank you for the recipe! Granny used to make them too 🙂

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    Martha D Justice
    December 20, 2021 at 6:28 am

    These sound tasty and not too complicated. Merry Christmas ❤

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    John Hart
    December 20, 2021 at 6:09 am

    Forget the milk and par. cheese. I will have to try the dipping sauce.

    Merry Christmas!

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    donna sue
    December 20, 2021 at 5:08 am

    Those sausage balls sound delicious! I am guessing you can use any type of sausage – pork, turkey? I get tired of the same thing for breakfast day in and day out. Mine lately has been one day bacon, scrambled eggs with spinach, onions and peppers, toast, and a citrus fruit. The next day I have sausage and egg tacos, and a citrus fruit. It’s a rut I have been in for several weeks now. I have been craving pancakes, fried potatoes, an egg casserole, or something else – something different. Variety. It must be the holiday stretch blahs I am going through. It’s easier to be on rote right now it seems, there are so many other things going on that demands attention for the details of it all. I had company over for dinner last night. I served chili cheese dogs and potato chips. And we had doughnuts for dessert! My brain couldn’t think of anything else. Since it was decided in the morning (“Hey, you guys busy tonight? Want to come over?”), and they have three small kids – hot dogs were easy, fast, and kid approved (the kids just had ketchup on their hot dogs, the adults had the chili, cheese, and onions). Ah! The age old dilemma – what to make to eat. Thank you for a fresh idea for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! I will definitely be trying these sausage balls!

    Donna. : )

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