Sunday, December 28, 2008

Keetha's Sausage Cheese Balls

I love Keetha's food blog - lots of yummies with a southern flair. I made her sugar cookies in July and they were great. I had been meaning to make her sausage cheese balls and even had all of the ingredients. Turns out my new Christmas mixer was just the incentive that I needed. I whipped up a batch and froze them. I'm looking forward to popping a few in the oven for breakfast, or maybe baking them and taking them to New Year's Eve festivities. Here's the recipe, straight from Keetha's blog:

3 cloves garlic, minced

16 ounces grated sharp or extra sharp Cheddar cheese

1 pound sausage (hot or mild)- can use turkey sausage

2 ½ cups baking mix

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

1 good dash Worcestershire sauce

Combine all ingredients until thoroughly mixed. You may as well go ahead and use your hands – they’re really easier to mix up that way. Shape the dough into small balls and place on an ungreased baking sheet.

At this point, sausage balls can be baked immediately or frozen. To freeze, place baking sheet with sausage balls in the freezer for at least an hour. Write baking instructions and date in permanent marker on a zip-top bag and place the frozen sausage balls in the bag. Don’t forget this step! I cannot tell you how incredibly efficient it makes you feel when you pull that bag from the freezer and see neatly penned instructions, written in your very own handwriting.

When ready for a few, simply remove however many you’d like from the bag and bake on an ungreased baking sheet; no need to thaw first.

To bake, preheat oven to 350° F. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned.

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