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I've always had a love for baking, but it wasn't until I was in college that I had a desire to learn how to cook. In 2009, I decided to start my own cooking blog so I could access my recipes from anywhere, and ktmadeit.com was born.

I love trying new recipes and finding ways to make them healthier & happier on the hips! I love everything about food: the taste, the smells, the presentation, the experimenting, etc. I love to entertain, so I figured this was a great way to bring people together. Hope you enjoy trying out some of the recipes. Happy cooking!

Friday, November 4, 2016

Sausage Balls

I'm always looking for easy appetizer recipes because I love to entertain. This one is super simple, and only requires a few ingredients and 10 minutes of hands-on time. It's a definite crowd-pleasure, and will not last long! Also a great app for football parties and tailgates.
{ Prep Time: 10 mins / Cooking Time: 15 mins / Yields: 5 dozen 1" balls }

Ingredients:
16 oz (1 roll) Jimmy Dean Hot Sausage
10 oz sharp cheddar cheese, grated
2 cups Bisquick
Butter flavored non-stick cooking spray

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a 9x13" baking sheet with aluminum foil, then spray with cooking spray and set aside. 
2. Mix the sausage and cheese together using your hands, or a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment on low speed, until combined. Add the Bisquick mix, 1 cup at a time, until all ingredients have been incorporated.
3. Using a 1" cookie dough scoop, place 1" balls onto greased cooking sheet, about 1" apart. Bake for 15 mins, or until lightly browned.
4. Remove from oven and place on a paper towel to drain excess grease.
5. Serve warm, or at room temperature, with honey mustard dipping sauce.

Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce:
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
3 Tbsp honey

In a small bowl, whisk together ingredients until well combined. Serve at room temperature with sausage balls. Sauce can be covered in an airtight container and refrigerated for up to 3 weeks.

Notes: 
  • This recipe freezes quite well. Once ingredients have been combined, scoop balls onto baking sheet (just make sure it will fit into your freezer!) and freeze for 30 minutes. No need to cover. Toss frozen sausage balls into a freezer Ziplock bag. Pull out & bake when ready. You may need to add a few more minutes to the cooking time.
  • I'd highly recommend grating your own cheese. Prepackaged cheese contains cellulose to prevent caking and it can prevent sausage balls from sticking together. 

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