A Breakfast Tradition

The simple and delicious sausage balls are a tasty tradition.


All families have traditions. My family’s traditions happen to always include food. Can we help it that in addition to spending time together we also thoroughly enjoy eating? It just makes good sense to combine the two.

One food item that’s made its way into our hearts and mouths over the years is something my late grandmother dubbed “sausage balls.” She would flawlessly whip up several batches of these breakfast delights to be served with homemade apple butter during our Christmas brunch each year. Even now our family keeps the tradition alive. My sisters make these for their children, my aunts and uncles make them for my cousins, and I make them for my own little family.

This recipe is not necessarily seasonal. While my grandmother served sausage balls during the holidays, my sisters and I make them at least once a month for our crews. They are easy to make, fun to include at any breakfast or brunch function, and parents can include children in the baking process with little to no damage. The recipe is extremely straightforward, and you can even freeze the sausage balls and store for later use—another perk for busy parents.


Sausage Balls

1 pound prefered sausage (I use spicy sausage for some extra kick)
2 cups shredded cheese of choice. My go-to is sharp cheddar.
1 cup Bisquick

Combine all ingredients with hands until mixed well. Roll into small, round balls and place on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for roughly 20 minutes, or until brown all the way through.

Cool and serve with apple butter.

Yield: about 2 dozen

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