Sausage Balls

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Sausage balls make a great holiday appetizer to serve at your next party. They also make a nice addition to a brunch or a potluck. Served with some fruit, they can be a delicious breakfast on a hectic morning. (Just ask my boys! They love ’em!)

With all the holiday events coming up, I want to help you get ready for the season and find the JOY in celebrating with family and friends while leaving the stress behind. My upcoming posts will include quick recipes to get you out of the kitchen fast and easy DIY gifts you can make for family and friends.

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Making sausage balls with homemade baking mix

This is another recipe in my series that uses my homemade baking mix. If you have that on hand, these come together so quickly. (And if you don’t have it on hand, mix up a batch ASAP! Then you can use the same mixing bowl to whip these up and only wash that bowl once. ?)

I have modified our family recipe to take into account the fact that today’s pork is leaner than in previous generations. Some of the older recipes used 3 to 3 1/2 cups baking mix, probably to help soak up all the grease. Here, we are only using 2 cups of homemade baking mix. Using much more than that will make the sausage balls difficult to hold together.

Depending on what size you roll the balls, you can get between 30 medium (1 1/2″) and 45-60 small (1″) balls from the mixture. The baking time will vary depending on how large or small you roll the sausage mixture. Allow about 20 minutes for the medium balls and about 15 for the smaller size.

These sausage balls can also be frozen baked or unbaked. I actually prefer to freeze them unbaked on a cookie sheet. Once frozen, transfer to a plastic bag for longer storage. You can thaw them and cook as the recipe directs or cook from frozen, adding about 5 minutes to the cook time. Just test the internal temperature to be sure it has reached 160°.

So if you have a party to host or a potluck to attend whip up a batch or two of these sausage balls to store in the freezer. You’ll be so glad you did. (They also make a great snack for any unexpected guests that drop by. ?)

Sausage Balls
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins

These sausage balls are quick to mix up and make a great appetizer for your holiday party. They are also perfect served as part of a breakfast buffet.

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 30 servings
  • 1 lb. pork sausage
  • 10 oz. cheese, grated
  • 2 cups baking mix
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  1. Combine all ingredients either by hand or with a stand mixer. Form into small to medium sized balls. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes (small balls) to 20 minutes (medium sized balls) or until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees. 

Recipe Notes

These sausage balls can also be frozen baked or unbaked. 

If baked and then frozen, let thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Heat, covered, in the oven at 350° for approximately 5 minutes or until heated through.

If frozen, thaw overnight and cook as the recipe directs. The sausage balls can also be cooked from frozen, adding about 5 minutes to the cook time. Just be sure to test the internal temperature to ensure it has reached 160°.

More homemade baking mix recipes

Need more recipes to use up that homemade baking mix? In this post, I share my cinnamon roll recipe as well as a simple danish recipe. Both can be frozen for later (and cooked from frozen) if you make a big batch. These are great recipes to keep on hand for that morning when you didn’t quite make it to the grocery store like you planned.

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