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Bon Appetit, Y'all

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Sausage Balls

Everyone in the South has a Sausage Ball recipe they claim is the best, and they're all made the same way, with Bisquick. This one really is different and you can make it your own by simply adding what you like. Use Jimmy Deen Sausage and your favorite seasoned flour. Sometimes I grind a pound of Virgina Ham and add it to one pound of sausage. Whatever makes you happy.

Sausage Balls
Yield: Aprox. 100

2 pounds hot sausage
4 cups cheddar cheese, grated yourself
2 cups Kentucky Kernel Seasoned Flour, or your favorite seasoned flour

Mix uncooked sausage, seasoned flour, and cheese. Chill at least 1 hour. Shape into small balls, about 1 inch, and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees F. for 15 minutes. Serve warm or room temperature. These freeze beautifully before baking. When ready to cook, allow to set out of freezer about 15 minutes or while oven preheats and bake as directed.

COOK'S NOTE: Add any, or two or three of the following, or none.
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese for part of the cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 cup finely chopped seeded jalapeno peppers

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