Sunday, January 29, 2012

Sausage Balls

Our family grew up camping on Lake Toledo with Uncle Joe's family. 
Steinhagan Lake
He is legendary in these parts for his camping cooking and campfire stories! The little kids would always hear about the Steinhagan Lake monster that sneaks in your tent and eats your toes if they are not covered up! 
Uncle Joe taught us the "proper" way to make pancakes, hot chocolate from scratch, and how to eat sausage balls with honey! He would say "Come on over here, we are gonna have pancakes(or fill in the blank) 101!"
This recipe is a Christmas Eve tradition in my family. They are good for breakfast, lunch, dinner and all the times in between:)



Sausage Balls

1lb Jimmy Dean sausage (I am a sausage snob and will only use Jimmy Dean)
      Maple sausage is my favorite, although it is fun to use different flavors.
1 1/2 cup shredded cheese (try different kinds of cheese to mix it up)
3 cups Bisquick


options to add: finely chopped bell peppers or onions


Mix ingredients all together...this will be tough! 
I find it easier to use my hands than a spoon. If you have men in the house have them do this!


You will mix and mix and finally everything will bond together. Roll into balls. Sometimes I make meatball size balls for a meal, or walnut size balls for a party. Adjust your cooking time accordingly.


Bake @ 350 for 15-20 minutes. Do not over cook! They will be slightly brown on the top. I usually open one to make sure the sausage is cooked.
Best served warm with honey, ranch, or most anything else:)







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