Jimmy Dean® Sausage Balls

These tasty sausage balls can even be made ahead of time, and frozen. Just thaw and bake when you need them…but you may not want to wait that long!

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Make-ahead Jimmy Dean® sausage balls – a perfect appetizer for the holidays.

Ingredients:
2 (16 ounce) packages Regular Flavor Jimmy Dean® Pork Sausage
(Sage pork sausage is also a good choice)
1 1/2 cups all-purpose baking mix, such as Bisquick®
4 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
2 teaspoons black pepper
2 teaspoons minced garlic (optional)

 

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375° F. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl; stir well. Form into 1 inch balls. Place on ungreased baking sheet; bake 18-20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven; cool 5 minutes before removing from pan. Serve with cocktail forks or  toothpicks.
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Zesty Appetizer

Italian-Style Sausage Cheese Balls

Makes: 20 servings (2 balls each)

Italian-Style Sausage Balls - appetizers

Try these tasty sausage balls this holiday season.

Ingredients:

1 pkg. Jimmy Dean® Regular Flavor Pork Sausage Roll

3/4 cup all-purpose baking mix, such as Bisquick®

2 cups (8 oz.) shredded mozzarella cheese

1 c. packed fresh spinach leaves, finely chopped

1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese

1/4 c. finely chopped red bell pepper

1 lg. clove garlic, minced

1/2 tsp. dried oregano

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375° F. Mix ingredients just until blended.  Shape into 40 (1-inch) balls; place in single layer in two lightly greased shallow baking pans. Bake 12-14 minutes or until done (160° F). Serve with toothpicks.

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 (160° F) for 16-18 minutes at or until done.

If using 1 pkg. Jimmy Dean® Italian Flavor Pork Sausage Roll (rather than regular flavor), omit the oregano.