Face it… sometimes we just want something warm, savory, and satisfying for a snack. Sometimes we want to make something that even the men will love if they’re forced to attend a baby shower, or a quick and easy appetizer to bring to a tailgate or family get-together. A Southern staple at so many of these gatherings include “sausage balls”, which (for the uninitiated) is a small, spherical biscuit with cheese and ground sausage baked into it, and they are absolute heaven. I’ve seen them at Christmas brunches, bridal showers, tailgates, card nights, and just about any other event I can think of here in the South, and I’ve also been known to bake a surplus of these bad boys to freeze for breakfasts on crazy mornings before school. One BIG problem I ran into is that Bisquick, a central ingredient in Sausage Balls, contains Gluten, and I realized that Gluten and I didn’t get along about five years ago that I was also giving up Sausage Balls among other things.
I was walking through Target awhile back and I miraculously saw GLUTEN-FREE BISQUICK sitting on the shelf with baking goods and I realized that not only could I make biscuits with it, that I could also make SAUSAGE BALLS with it!
And make Sausage Balls, I did. Great God Almighty they are FANTASTIC, and I probably gained weight from consuming a ridiculous amount of them (making up for lost time) but I don’t care. Well, I kind of do, but I’m not giving up Sausage Balls now that we have been reunited… and it feels SO GOOD.
Now that you’re going to make Gluten Free Sausage Balls, because, well, YOU ARE, you will need the following Ingredients:
3/4 Cup of Gluten Free Bisquick
6 oz of Pork Sausage
1.5 Cups of Shredded Cheddar Cheese (I prefer sharp)
1/4 cup of Grated Parmesan Cheese (think the kind you put on Spaghetti)
1/4 tsp of Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp of Italian Seasoning (rosemary, thyme, parsley, etc. mix)
1/2 tsp of Tony Chachere’s Cajun Seasoning (or just a pinch of cayenne pepper)
1/2 cup of milk
After you’ve measured everything out and put it all in a mixing bowl, use your hands to blend the ingredients until everything is evenly combined. Squish (I know that sounds gross) it all up to blend just like you would in making a meatloaf.
Use your hands to roll small amounts of the mixture into balls then place them on the cookie sheet/baking pan that you already sprayed down with nonstick cooking spray. Each of the sausage balls should be a little less than an inch in diameter, and you should space them out evenly on your pan just as you would cookies. Put these bad boys in the oven (that you already preheated) for 20-25 minutes, and be sure to check on them at 20 minutes to keep them from burning.
When they’re finished, remove them from the oven and allow them to cool just a tad. Remove them with a spatula then place on a pretty party dish, in a linen napkin inside of a serving basket, or any other way you can think of that’s occasion-appropriate. Some people use dipping sauces, like ranch dressing or barbecue sauce, but I like them plain.
Let me know how your Sausage Balls turn out over at the Herd Management Facebook Page, and happy cooking!