January 6, 2009

more balls o' meat

Three ingredients, three food groups. Easy to make, easy to eat.


Nice.

These particular meat morsels are quite a bit different from my previous batch o' balls. For one thing, sausage is the main ingredient. For another thing, there's no sauce, and the only binder is flour. Those things being said, these balls are just as good as, if not better than, the saucy stuff.


Most recipes for sausage balls call for baking mix, which is pretty much just flour, a leavening agent, and some form of fat. As Mamma-lama-ding-dong says, the sausage and cheese have enough fat already, so we just use self-rising flour. Also, since I'm not what one would call a fan of cheddar cheese, I'd be interested to see how these would taste with something like jack cheese.

Simple Sausage Balls
1 pound sausage (pork is preferred)
2 cups cheddar cheese
2 cups self-rising flour

Mix the ingredients with your paws until thoroughly combined. This will take time and effort, but trust me, it's well worth it. Roll into small balls about the size of a walnut. Place onto an ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 375 degrees F until the tops are golden brown. Take care not to burn the bottoms--that takes away from the delight. :)

56 comments:

Lorraine E said...

Oooh yes yes yes! I've tried something similar and it's worked a treat. What more could you ask for than a 3 ingredient meal?

Bellini Valli said...

I have a package of sausage meat in my freezer and have been looking for something to do with it. Thanks for the idea!!!

Bunny said...

I've never made sausage balls,but this is so easy! This would be good for soup!

Ingrid said...

MMMMM, I love sausage. So I know those bad boys are tasty!
~ingrid

kat said...

Yum sausage & cheese, it doesn't get much better than that

Marjie said...

I love sausage! However it comes, I love sausage!

Pam said...

You just don't need fillers when you use pork sausage - it tastes so good on it's own.

LyB said...

I've never seen anything like this. They're almost like a biscuit-type meatball. They sound delicious! They'd be perfect for a brunch, don't you think? :)

ovenhaven said...

Wow, I never knew you could make meatballs with just 3 ingredients! Great balls of fire! I mean, great balls of meat :P

Paula said...

Sausage and cheese together in a ball. Sign me up!

Jessica@Foodmayhem said...

use my paws? hahaha I guess I could enlist my dog for help.

descentintodessert said...

I am sold on anything that calls for a pound of pork sausage!

Robin Sue said...

I love Sausage Balls. Great with a spicy mustard too! I forgot about making these this Christmas so maybe for Superbowl...Yup!

Dawn said...

Cheese and sausage! What's not to love here. Wonderful creation...I agree with you on the sauce, none needed, at all here.

Culinarywannabe said...

Easy and delicious. Right up my alley!! I'm looking for some good football food for Thursday night so this is perfect!

lisaiscooking said...

I made sausage meatballs once before, but they didn't have cheese. Must re-do with cheese!

Melanie said...

Meatball lover that I am - I've never made them with sausage. Sounds delicious!

Half Baked said...

Sausage and cheese...nuff said;)Love sausage balls!

Peter M said...

Southern comfort has a new meaning...pork & cheese!

Mike of Mike's Table said...

Sort of like sausage gravy and biscuits but in meatball form. Well, not quite, but for some reason, that's what sticks in my head. Whatever the case, I'd eat a bunch--they sound tasty to me!

llcwine said...

I believe there is a similar recipe on the box of bisquick....been a while since I made these...hmmmm

Pam said...

I used to make these for parties, and then end up eating most of them before I even left the house.

The Blonde Duck said...

Grace, I love you. I love meatballs. I love balls of meat. I'm in heaven.

Maryann said...

I love that squirrel playing the banjo! LOL

Debbie said...

I say YUM!!

Heather said...

holy crap. sausage meatballs?! how did i not ever think of this? or hear of this? you have literally blown the top off of my culinary mind, grace.

Sara said...

These sound great, and easy too. How can you go wrong with sausage?

Tabitha Blue said...

Ohhh... now that would be a good meatball!!!



:)
~Tabitha~

freshmommyblog.com

Bridgett said...

Meat and cheese? All in one little delightful ball? You are the Recipe Goddess.

Madison Song said...

this CAN'T not be good. YUM :)

noble pig said...

This is a new one...only flour huh?

Peabody said...

We make something similar, my husband loves them.

Jeanne said...

Cheesy sausage balls?? Stop, woman, you're driving me over the edge!! So much for the New Year diet then... ;-)

Sarah said...

Given the meatball-centric themes of your last few posts, I am picturing your kitchen as a boulderfield of meatballs :) These may be my favorites so far; I like the sausage addition! Happy New Year!

Albany Jane said...

OMG - they're like atkins friendly biscuits! lol.

Is there grease left over? Can I make country gravy to pour over them? Will there be a stretcher next to it all after my impending heart attack?

Maria said...

Josh will love these!! Maybe I will surprise him one night!

Jeff said...

How can you go wrong with something that has sausage and cheese in it? I can't think of a single way. Great job!

Lori said...

Whats with the balls girl? ;)

This is really a fabulous idea. That Mama-lama-ding-dong knows what she's talkin about!

Susan said...

Those balls o'meat look great! I'd be willing to give 'em a try with pepperjack.

All I could think about when reading these two posts were The Delicious Dish skits from SNL...you know, schweaty balls!

http://snltranscripts.jt.org/98/98idish.phtml

Geri said...

They sound great, and I would love to be eating them right now.

Katie said...

You had me at Cheddar Cheese!

Leslie said...

mmm..I love me some balls...sausage balls that is!!!LOL

Sophie said...

I love how simple but also very unique this is! How cool, it's like you get the biscuit and sausage in one :). Very cool, I approve!

MaryBeth said...

I must confess that I tried to make these once before and they were very dry and crumbly, I never really figured out as to why that was. Yours look wonderful, so much so that I think I will give it a try again someday.

kimberleyblue said...

These certainly sound easy and simple to make - must be wonderful on top of a big bowl of spaghetti.

eatme_delicious said...

Yum!! I didn't know such things existed. I'll have to keep this in mind and maybe try out the recipe with some fake ground meat.

Gloria said...

I really love meat balls Grace, look so tasty! Gloria

Jude said...

MMm balls of meat.. You weren't kidding when you said 3 ingredients. So easy to make :)

foodohe said...

mmm sounds delicious and easy, just my kind of snack

Kevin said...

Tasty sausage and cheese form into balls...mmm... These sound great!

Psychgrad said...

Somehow balls o' meat sounds so much...naughtier...than meatballs.

I rarely like the meatballs I make, although 2 cups of cheddar cheese might do the trick.

Char Anne said...

I used ground pork and added a bunch of spices, biscuit mix instead of flour, and sharp cheddar cheese. Oh, and an egg. They turned out so delicious.

Jaime said...

sausage and cheese - doesn't get much better than that ;)

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

Oh, wow! These would be a huge hit at my house. They look sooooo good!

LilSis said...

OMG! I grew up with my Mom making these for us! I still make them to this day. Glad to see you post about them! It makes me want them right now!

Anonymous said...

For those of you having trouble with the consistency when it's time to roll them into balls: I added 2 EGG WHITES, and the consistency became perfect!!! What a simple, low cost recipe! I am using this for a family Christmas party.