easy to make sausage balls recipe with flour

Easy To Make Sausage Balls Recipe with Flour

Today we are bringing to you a holiday classic recipe that is also a favorite of mine and so many around the South, Sausage Balls. Typically, these are made with Bisquick baking mix but today I am bringing you a way to make an easy to make sausage balls recipe with flour. It is so simple and easy, you must try it!

I do believe that Bisquick may have been the one that came up with this recipe but honestly, I am not sure. In this recipe, I was able to come up with a way to make sausage balls made without Bisquick.

Easy to Make Sausage Balls Recipe with Flour

Bisquick baking mix combines all of the ingredients needed to make biscuits. It is supposed to make it easy and quick for those that want to make biscuits and other items. It has the flour, leavening agents, and fat all mixed into the mix.

In order to keep the fat stable though, it has other ingredients as well, like hydrogenated stabilized oil.

With that being said, the sausage already has fat in it so why not just use regular self-rising flour and cut out all those nasty ingredients that we don’t need. So, we decided to make a sausage balls recipe without Bisquick!

It turns out that it works pretty well.

What are Sausage Balls?

Sausage balls are a type of hors d’oeures or a light snack that is usually served around the holidays. You will start to see them pop up around Thanksgiving and Christmas time. They are especially a big hit in the South. They really make the perfect appetizer or snack.

How Are They Made?

Three Simple Ingredients:

Ground Pork Sausage

Choose a high-quality sausage to make sausage balls with. You will need a 1 lb package.

Cheese

I like to use Sharp Cheddar or Extra Sharp Cheddar cheese in my sausage ball recipe without flour. I love the extra sharpness that this cheddar gives. I like to buy the cheese in a block and grate it myself. Not only does it taste better, but pre-shredded cheese also has a coating on it that causes it not to stick together.

This coating helps absorbs moisture and in return is not good to use in this recipe. It will absorb the fat from the sausage that we need to make this recipe work. You will need 1lb of Sharp Cheddar Cheese.

Flour

We are continuing on keeping it simple and we are going to use self-rising flour. Self-Rising Flour is similar to Bisquick baking mix in the sense that it has the leavening agents already added in (baking powder and salt) but it does not have the fat, which we were trying to get away from in the Bisquick baking mix. The fat in this sausage ball recipe with flour comes from the fat from the sausage.

Self-rising flour is a better alternative. If you want to do even better, you can buy All-purpose flour and add in your own baking powder and salt as if you were making biscuits.

Equipment needed

Cookie sheet or baking sheet

Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Cookie Sheet | Image courtesy of Amazon

I like to bake mine on a cookie sheet. I have had really good luck with Wilton Products. My favorite brand though is Nordic Ware. Nordic Ware is an American Made and Family owned company. Check out the link to the cookie sheet below.

Stand Mixer

KitchenAid K45SSOB Classic Stand Mixer | Image courtesy of Amazon

You don’t have to have one of these to make Sausage balls, but boy does it make light work out of making them. When it comes to stand mixers, Kitchenaid is the best in my opinion.

Cookie Scoop

Just like the stand mixer, this isn’t a must-have but it sure makes life easier.

Follow These Steps to Make Sausage Balls Recipe with Flour

Main Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Start with grating your cheese. Set that to the side for the moment
  3. If you have a stand mixer, this works the best and takes the least effort but you can do this by hand as I demonstrate in my video above. For this recipe, we are going to show you the by-hand method but if you are using a stand mixer, just add in the flour, and then the sausage a little at a time. Then do the same with the cheese until it forms a smooth ball.

By Hand Method

  1. In a large bowl, add the two cups of flour.
  2. Gradually add in the sausage breaking and mixing it up as you go. You can see the video below for how I do this.
  3. Add in the cheese a little at a time as well. Mixing with your hands as you go.
  4. It does take a good bit of effort to get it all mixed up together. You want it to form a smooth well-mixed ball of dough. You should be able to pull a small amount apart and roll it up and it sticks together.
  5. After you have your ball of dough formed. You will need a couple of baking sheets. Spray them or coat them with a lite coating of oil. You could also line them with parchment paper to keep the balls from sticking to the pan.
  6. Pull a small amount from the ball of dough and roll it in your hands to form a 1-inch balls. It should be roughly about the size of a walnut or golf balls. A cookie scoop also works great for this method.
  7. Once you have them all rolled out, pop them in your preheated oven.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20-25 minutes until they are golden brown.
Note: If you have a stand mixer, this will make your life much simpler. Don't fret though, it can be done by hand and really is not that bad. 
easy to make sausage balls recipe with flour

Easy to Make Sausage Balls Recipe with Flour

Today we are bringing to you a holiday favorite of mine and so many around the South, Sausage Balls. Typically, these are made with Bisquick baking mix but today I am bringing you a way to make sausage balls recipe with flour. It is so simple and easy, you must try it!
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 30 Sausage Balls

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb Ground Sausage
  • 1 lb Freshly Shredded Extra Sharp Cheese It works better if you grate the cheese yourself. The extra moisture from the cheese helps to bind the mix.
  • 2 cups Self-Rising flour

Instructions
 

Main Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Start with grating your cheese. Set that to the side for the moment
  • If you have a stand mixer, this works the best and takes the least effort but you can do this by hand as I demonstrate in my video above. For this recipe, we are going to show you the by-hand method but if you are using a stand mixer, just add in the flour, and then the sausage a little at a time. Then do the same with the cheese until it forms a smooth ball.

By Hand Method

  • In a large bowl, add in the two cups of flour.
  • Gradually add in the sausage breaking and mixing it up as you go. You can see the video below for how I do this.
  • Add in the cheese a little at a time as well. Mixing with your hands as you go.
  • It does take a good bit of effort to get it all mixed up together. You want it to form a smooth well-mixed ball of dough. You should be able to pull a small amount apart and roll it up and it sticks together.
  • After you have your ball of dough formed. You will need a couple of baking sheets. Spray them or coat them with a lite coating of oil. You could also line them with parchment paper to keep the balls from sticking to the pan.
  • Pull a small amount from the ball of dough and roll in your hands to form 1-inch balls. It should be roughly about the size of a walnut or golf balls. A cookie scoop also works great for this method.
  • Once you have them all rolled out, pop them in your preheated oven.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for about 20-25 minutes until they are golden brown.

Video

Notes

Note: If you have a stand mixer, this will make your life much simpler. Don’t fret though, it can be done by hand and really is not that bad.
Keyword Sausage Balls, Sausage balls recipe with flour, Sausage balls recipe without Bisquick

FAQ’s

Can I Freeze Sausage Balls?

Yes, you can freeze them. Make sure to put them in an airtight container or freezer bag. They should last roughly about 6 months frozen or longer.

Can I make sausage balls ahead of time?

Yes. There are two ways you could do this. You could bake them, then put them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for the next day. For best results, just reheat them before serving.

Or

You could make the uncooked Sausage balls ahead of time and then bake them the day you are going to serve them. You could even freeze the uncooked sausage balls. The day you want to serve them, take them out of the freezer and let them thaw, then bake them before serving.

My Batter Seems Dry, What Can I Do?

If your batter seems dry, keep mixing it. Eventually, it will all come together. The cheese will warm up as well as the sausage. Once this happens some fat is released and it mixes up with the flour. If it still seems dry, try adding in a little bit of milk. A teaspoon at a time. Remember though, when the cooking process happens, the fat from the sausage and cheese will be rendered out.

Can I add in a different type of cheese?

Yes. You can mix and match what types you would like. Sharp Cheddar and Mozzarella are a couple of my favorite cheeses. Both of these together would make an epic combination. I also think Pepper Jack Cheese would be wonderful in a Spicy Sausage Ball Recipe.

I like spicy food, what can I do to make these spicy?

There are a few things you could add to turn up the heat. You could add in the spicy hot sausage. Another great tip would be to add in some red chili flakes or cayenne pepper. Both of these methods should add in a little kick.

What can I use as a dipping sauce?

I recommend using Ranch dressing, honey mustard, or bbq sauce to dip them in. Ranch is my favorite dipping sauce to dip these sausage cheese balls in. I have also been known to dip mine in ketchup as well.

Can I substitute another type of sausage?

Yes. If you want to make a healthier version, try using ground turkey sausage or ground chicken sausage. Also, you can change the flavor profile but using Italian sausage or even maple syrup sausage.

Can I add in any seasonings or herbs?

Yes. Feel free to experiment with different herbs and seasonings. Italian seasoning would be great to add-in to this recipe. I have even thought about adding in chili powder.

Thanks for taking the time to read this post. If you made it this far, we are truly thankful for you and the time you spent on our site. This easy to make sausage ball recipe with flour is a easy recipe to make. We hope you will give it a try. It truly is a perfect finger food.

If you found this recipe helpful, leave us a comment below. We would love to hear from you! Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

-Ronnie

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