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Sausage Balls

Temperature375°Time15 – 20 mins

Sausage Balls

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I started this week with Buffalo Chicken Balls and I’m ending the week with the thing that inspired them: Sausage Balls. Sausage Balls (or Cheese and Sausage Balls) have been my favorite appetizer since I was a week tyke. My mom has made them for me for breakfast on my birthday almost every year of my life (I was at the beach one year and in Ireland the other year) and then again at Christmas and then they would not come out again until my next birthday.

This is one of 3 recipes for sausage balls that I know how to make. My mom’s recipe is different but I can only make that recipe between my birthday and Christmas so I’ll post that one in a couple of months. This recipe is perfect for any party or tailgate so grab some sausage, cheese and Bisquick and mix some up for yourself!

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Ingredients
  • 3 Cups Bisquick
  • 1 lb Bluk Hot Breakfast Sausage
  • 10 – 12 oz Cheddar Cheese, Shredded
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375° and line a sheet pan with parchment paper
  2. In a large bowl, mix together all of the ingredients until it forms a stiff dough. Your hands are probably the best tool for this but you can use a stand mixer if you’d like. Be careful not to overwork the dough.
  3. Form the dough into 1 oz balls (about 1 ¼ inches in diameter) and place on the sheet pan. You can put them pretty close together but don’t let them touch.
  4. Cook for 15 – 20 minutes or until they start to brown and they are cooked through.
Tips and TricksTips and Tricks

Use a small ice cream scoop to make short work of rolling out the sausage balls.

Feed the FreezerFeed the Freezer

These sausage balls will hold up really well in the freezer. I freeze them after portioning and rolling the dough and before cooking. You can cook them from frozen by adding another 5ish minutes to the cooking time.

Fun FactsFun Facts

The only reason we have Bisquick in our house is to make sausage balls!

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Buffalo Chicken Balls

Temperature375°Time15 – 20 mins

Buffalo Chicken Balls

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My absolute favorite appetizers are cheese and sausage balls – they always have been and they will always be. That recipe will go up in next few days but that’s not what we’re discussing here. Today’s subject is the Buffalo Chicken Ball!

The idea for these buffalo chicken balls came to me when I was prepping buffalo chicken dip and sausage balls for a party. I figured I could use the same technique as the sausage balls with buffaloey chickeney ingredients and create a tasty new snack. I had to add a few more seasonings but in the end, I think they turned out pretty good!

Make sure you serve these with ranch for dipping. It really rounds out the flavor.

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Buffalo Chicken Balls
 
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Ingredients
  • 3 Cups Bisquick
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • ¼ Cup Vegetable Shortening
  • 1 lb Regular Ground Chicken (not ground chicken breast)
  • 8 Oz Pepper Jack Cheese, Shredded
  • ½ Cup Buffalo Wing Sauce
  • Ranch Dressing for Dipping
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375° and line a sheet pan with parchment paper
  2. In a large bowl, mix together all of the ingredients until it forms a moist dough. Your hands are probably the best tool for this but you can use a stand mixer if you’d like. Be careful not to overwork the dough.
  3. Form the dough into 1 oz balls (about 1 ¼ inches in diameter) and place on the sheet pan. You can put them pretty close together but don’t let them touch.
  4. Cook for 15 – 20 minutes or until they start to brown and they are cooked through.
  5. Serve with ranch dressing for dipping.
Tips and TricksTips and Tricks

If you want these to be a bit spicier, up the cayenne by half. Don’t go too crazy though or you won’t be able to eat them!

Feed the FreezerFeed the Freezer

These tasty appetizers will hold up really well in the freezer. I freeze them after portioning and rolling the dough and before cooking. You can cook them from frozen by adding another 5ish minutes to the cooking time.

Fun FactsFun Facts

Chickens for sale at the grocery store are classified as fryers, broilers, and roasters. Roasters are the largest, oldest and most expensive of the whole chickens.

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Homemade Chex Mix

Temperature250°Time1 hour

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I started making my own Chex mix because I didn’t like most of the stuff that was in the pre-made Chex mix.  There were too many pretzels, wheat chex and other weird fillers and not enough of the stuff I wanted in my tasty snack mix.  Actually the good people at the Chex HQ (which I imagine looks like a giant piece of Chex) and I differ on most of the ingredients in the mix.

The great part about making your own Chex mix is you can add whatever crackers, cereal, candy, and snacks you want.  My main mix is Corn Chex, Cheez-Its, and Cashews – every batch I make has those three ingredients in it.  I’ve started adding pretzels for Michael (although I forgot to get them for this batch) and I’ll put in bagel chips if I have some on hand.  Pita Chips, Mixed Nuts, Goldfish, and even Ritz Bits Sandwich Crackers would be good additions.

The other part of the mix is the butter and spices that you pour on top.  I used the recipe on the box as a jumping off point and added more Worchestershire (because you can never have too much), some mustard powder and some cayenne but feel free to play around with some of your favorite spices.

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Homemade Chex Mix is easy and you only have to put the stuff in your mix that you normally pick out of the pre-made mixes.
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Recipe type: Snack
Ingredients
  • 1 12 oz Box Corn Chex
  • 1 13.7 oz Box Cheez-It
  • 1 8 oz Bag Bagel Chips
  • 1 8.5 oz Can Whole Cashews
  • 6 Tbs Butter, melted
  • 3 Tbs Worchestershire Sauce
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Mustard Powder
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • ¾ tsp Onion Powder
  • ¼ tsp Cayenne Pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 250⁰
  2. In a really large bowl, mix Chex, Cheez-Its, bagel chips, nuts and anything else you want to include in your Chex Mix.
  3. In a separate, smaller bowl mix melted butter, Worchestershire Sauce, and all of the spices.
  4. Pour ½ of the butter mixture over the snack mixture and toss well to combine. Repeat with the other half of the butter mixture. Your goal is to get the sauce evenly distributed throughout the snack.
  5. Put the mixture into a large roasting pan and cook for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
Tips and TricksTips and Tricks

Add pretzels, use different nuts, or use different types of Chex if you like. Your mixture is up to you!

Feed the FreezerFeed the Freezer

This snack should be eaten not frozen.  Enjoy!

Fun FactsFun Facts

Chex mix was not an original idea, but rather one of the many popular snack mixes created for TV watching. For example, a Betty Crocker cookbook from the 1950s includes a recipe for a snack mix made with Kix cereal.