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Zesty Sausage Cheese Balls

Appetizer success! Jimmy Dean® Hot Pork Sausage with sharp cheddar and jalapeño peppers create a zesty party favorite.

Zesty Sausage Cheese Balls

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Zesty Sausage Cheese Balls is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 11.
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Prep Time:25 minutes
Cook Time:15 minutes 40

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg. Jimmy Dean® Premium Pork Hot Roll Sausage
  • ¾ cup all-purpose baking mix
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup finely chopped onion
  • ¼ cup seeded, finely chopped fresh jalapeño peppers
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Mix all ingredients in large bowl just until blended. Shape into 36 (1-inch) balls.
  2. Place in 2 lightly greased baking pans.
  3. Bake 12-14 minutes or until done (160°F).
  4. Serve with toothpicks, if desired.

Cook’s Tips:

Stove-Top Variation: Do not preheat oven. Mix ingredients and shape into balls as directed. Cook half the sausage balls in large skillet over medium heat 15-17 minutes or until done (160°F), turning frequently. Remove from skillet; place in single layer in shallow pan to keep warm. Repeat with remaining sausage balls.)

Serve with toothpicks, if desired.)

Flavor Variations:)

Spicy Sausage-Cranberry Cheese Balls: Substitute 1 cup dried cranberries , 1 cup chopped pecans and ¼ teaspoon nutmeg for onion, jalapeno peppers, garlic powder, chili powder and cayenne pepper; continue as directed above.)

Italian-Style Sausage Cheese Balls: Substitute 1 pkg. Jimmy Dean Premium Pork Original Roll Sausage for Premium Pork Hot Roll Sausage, 2 cups mozzarella cheese, 1 cup packed fresh spinach leaves, ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese, ¼ cup finely chopped red bell pepper, 1 large garlic clove, minced and ½ teaspoon dried oregano for onion, jalapeno peppers, garlic powder, chili powder and cayenne pepper; continue as directed above.)

Make Ahead: Sausage balls can be shaped ahead of time and frozen. When ready to serve, heat oven to 375°F. Place frozen balls on lightly greased baking sheet. Bake 16-18 minutes or until done (160°F).)

Note: It is easiest to mix the sausage mixture using your hands. Mix just until the dry ingredients are incorporated.)

Yield

18 servings (2 balls each)

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Party/Office Appetizer This recipe (with my own spice changes) is such a big hit. I have taken it to the office (even breakfast) and to parties. They disappear. I use honey mustard or ranch dressing sauces for dipping. I have also used gluten free biscuit.
Date published: 2016-09-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from To: not pleased "are you kidding me" It's a shame that you had a bad experience with sausage balls. I, too, have had the same experience. Here's my tip (Most recipes don't include this): your sausage must be room temperature. I also bring my cheese to room temperature as well. They will be nice and moist and, no, you don't need a binder. Give it another try. You won't regret it!
Date published: 2016-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from response to 'are you kidding me?' suggestion to make incorporation of ingredients easier: first grate your (room temp is best) cheese into the large bowl, add the baking mix and toss together; then add the (room temp) sausage and,using hands (gloves if you choose) to knead the mixture together - should take about 5-7 minutes. believe it or not, this WILL come together, then form the balls and bake as directed.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delicious even when crispy! I made the Italian version, only going ahead and using onion instead of bell pepper, and popped it into the oven. The bottoms started to burn, so I pulled them out early, gave them a flip, and put them back in. The bottoms were rather..blackened, and at first I was disappointed, till I munched them. Oh, dear! Yummy! Crispy sausage! Next time, I'm doing it in the skillet.
Date published: 2016-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's a hit! I make these for every family Thanksgiving and Christmas get-together. A double batch never makes it through the evening. Serve with Taco sauce for dipping, although not necessary.
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Balls Be Gone Used the regular pork Jimmy Dean and left out the jalapeno and added an extra four minutes to the cook time, but that didn't matter -- the balls be gone in no time.
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Yummy! these were so good! I doubled the recipe and needing more to bind it all together. I did add one egg and cooked the same and they turned out amazing. Lots of requests for the recipe. I did make the night before and then reheat in the crock pot on low. Worked like a charm!
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The BEST Party Meatballs ever!! I have been making these for years. We entertain often and they are always served and I get loads of compliments from my guests! With or without dipping sauces, they are awesome! For mixed crowds I use the "regular" sausage and am careful not to include the jalapeno seeds when adding the chopped peppers (they make it hot!). For my Husband's Poker group, the gloves come off!! LOL! Fantastic meatballs!
Date published: 2017-03-01
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