Jimmy Dean sausage balls are a blast from my past. I think I learned how to make them in Home Ec class. Of course, making them back then, I used Bisquick baking mix. It seemed most recipes started with Bisquick. Living in Canada it is not quite as ubiquitous as it is in the South and I prefer to make things from scratch when I can.
I have been looking for things I can pack in Evan’s lunch that he will eat and that have protein in them. As the school year draws to a close, he has gotten progressively pickier. It is driving me NUTS! After he determined that he was friends OFF with pita chips and hummus (our last available lunch option), I decided to pull out the big guns.
What is a big gun, you ask?
Why Jimmy Dean of course! An explanation….for my Alabama friends….we can’t get Jimmy Dean here in Canada. For my Canadian friends, this is the BEST breakfast sausage EVER. Dewey went to Montana last week and bought me $75 worth of sausage. He is my favorite. Now, if you don’t have Jimmy Dean, do not fear. You can still make sausage balls. They just won’t be as good as Jimmy Dean sausage balls. Sorry. And no, you can not have part of our stash.
Anyway….back to the post. I whipped up a batch of these delicious Sausage and Cheese Balls tonight before our Stampede Parking meeting and they were a BIG hit. So much so that I think I will be making another batch this week. Yep, they are THAT good. One other thing….they freeze beautifully. Make a big batch, freeze them in a big Ziploc and thaw a few in the microwave as you need them.
Jimmy Dean Sausage Balls (No Mix!)
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp seasoning salt
- 1/4 tsp granulated garlic
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/4 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp dried parsley
- 3 cups shredded old cheddar
- 1/2 cup shredded parmesan
- 1 pound pork sausage, uncooked
- 1/4 - 1/2 cup milk
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl until mixed (using your hands works best).
- Roll tablespoonfuls into balls with your hands and place on the lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 20 - 25 minutes until golden brown.
- Serve immediately or store in an air tight container.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 30
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 129 Saturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 24mg Sodium: 270mg Carbohydrates: 6g Protein: 6g
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