Mom’s Christmas Sausage Balls Recipe

christmas-sausage-balls   So you might be asking why these are called Christmas Sausage Balls.  Like, what’s so special about them that makes them “Christmas-y”? Truth is, the reason we refer to these as “Christmas” Sausage Balls is because the only time my mom ever made these was for Christmas morning breakfast.  And I don’t know why because they are super easy.  The rolling takes a little time but if you’re making a single batch it’s not that long.  But mom used to make 2 or 3 batches at a time – which is upwards of 75 or more sausage balls – so I guess that’s why we only got them at Christmas.

The funny thing is, even though I’ve had mom’s recipe going on 8 years now, the only time I ever make them is on Christmas.  I promised Hubs this year that I would make them more often.  After he said (again), “I wish you would make these more often.  I would eat them all the time.”

So here’s our “Christmas” Sausage Ball Recipe:


1lb Sausage*
2c Bisquick baking mix
1c sharp shredded cheddar cheese
1/2c water

*Mom’s original recipe (in her 1970s cookbook) said “hot sausage”.  I never knew her to use hot sausage and when she wrote the recipe out to give it to me she did not specify “hot”.  I have never used hot.  If you prefer hot, you can but I just use regular.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Brown and crumble sausage in a pan on the stove.  Drain the grease and allow to cool.   Pour Bisquick and cheese in a large mixing bowl.  Add crumbled sausage.  Mix.  Add 1/2c water and mix until batter is moist.

Roll batter into small balls.  Mom could get 36 out of a batch by rolling them small enough.  If you make them the size in the picture above you’ll only get about 26-28.

Bake at 425 degrees for 12-15 minutes (depending on the size of your sausage ball).


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