Oh, the venerable sausage ball. The friendliest finger food I’ve ever known.
These little guys are simple, and if I do say so myself, delicious. I could have come up with a more elegant name for them, but it wouldn’t be true to the nature of the food.
A little bit of sausage, a little cheese, a little spice in a small, warm ball of dough – really, what could be better?
They are perfect for pot lucks, parties and hanging-out-watching-the-game…
These have been made for years with regular sausage, but they adapt well to vegetarian sausage. For the latest batch, we added some dice jalapenos, and it added the perfect zip to complement the sausage (and vegetarian sausage isn’t real spicy, so it’s a good addition).
They are incredibly easy to make, the only un-fun part (and it’s really the only part) is mixing all the ingredients, which I usually convince someone else to do for me. You can only do it by hand and there’s something unagreeable about sausage squishing through my fingers, vegetarian or otherwise.
Here’s what you need:
- 1 lb vegetarian sausage (use the ground Gimme Lean brand, trust me)
- 3 cups Bisquick
- 2 cups of your favorite shredded cheese (I usually go cheddar, but other kinds work well)
- 1/4 cup finely diced jalapenos (optional, but recommended)
- Less than 1/8 cup milk (really just a literal “splash”)
Here’s what to do:
Step 1) Mix the ingredients, by hand, in a large mixing bowl. When you can’t seem to get all the Bisquick absorbed, just keep going. If you still can’t, add another splash of milk (a little goes a long way).
Step 2) Form into mounds roughly the size of ping pong balls on a lightly greased cookie sheet.
Step 3) Bake at 350 degrees for about 10-12 minutes
Enjoy ’em. Thanks for reading!