Crack Sausage Balls

Friday, August 30, 2019
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Crack Sausage Balls

Crack Sausage Balls - cream cheese sausage balls loaded with cheddar, bacon, and ranch. Seriously the BEST sausage balls you'll ever eat! Sausage, Bisquick, Ranch mix, cheddar cheese, bacon, and cream cheese. Can make in advance and freeze unbaked for a quick snack later. These are great for tailgating and parties! #sausageballs #bacon #ranch #freezermeal #tailgating #partyfood
baked sausage balls on a plate

Cream Cheese Sausage Balls with Cheddar, Bacon & Ranch

HAPPY COLLEGE FOOTBALL SEASON! Anyone else excited about football starting? I can't wait to binge-watch football all weekend. We aren't going down to the Auburn game. We are staying home (in the air conditioning) and feasting on football food. These Crack Sausage Balls are absolutely on the menu! One bite and you will know why. SO good.

These Crack Sausage Balls are inspired by my Cream Cheese Sausage Balls. My Cream Cheese Sausage Balls are seriously the BEST sausage balls EVER. I didn't think I could ever improve upon them, BUT I did with these Crack Sausage Balls. O-M-G! The best sausage ball recipe loaded with cheddar, bacon, and ranch! YUM! I could not stop eating these yummy sausage balls! These Crack Sausage Balls are great for tailgating and parties. Heck, we've been known to eat these for dinner on occasion!



close up of sausage balls

How to Make Cream Cheese Crack Sausage Balls

Crack Sausage Balls are very easy to make. My secret is to mix all the ingredients in your stand mixer. I put the sausage, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, ranch mix, bacon and Bisquick in the bowl of my KitchenAid mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment. Just let the mixer do all the work. It will take a few minutes for everything to get incorporated. Make sure to scrape down the bowl if necessary.

Once the Crack Sausage Ball mixture is ready, roll into approximately 50 to 60 balls and bake. Be sure not to overbake the sausage balls. Cook them just until they start to brown. Overbaking the sausage balls will make them dry and hard. 

Can I Freeze Sausage Balls?

YES! I almost always freeze sausage balls unbaked for a quick snack later. Roll the sausage mixture into balls and place on a baking sheet. Put the baking sheet in the freezer. Once the sausage balls are frozen, transfer them into a freezer bag. When ready to bake, place the frozen sausage ball on the baking sheet and simply add a few minutes to the cooking time. 

You can certainly freeze the sausage balls after baking, but I don't think they taste as good as fresh out of the oven.

dipping sausage ball in ranch

How to Serve Easy Crack Sausage Balls

These Crack Sausage Balls are great hot out of the oven or at room temperature. I have a Pyrex food carrier that has hot and cold packets. If we are traveling with the sausage balls, I heat up the hot pack to keep the sausage balls warm for the trip. You can also pack the sausage balls in a foil pan and pop them on the grill for a minute to reheat in the parking lot.

These Crack Sausage Balls are great plain, but feel free to serve them with a side of Ranch dressing. YUM! I mean, can you ever really have too much ranch? You could also whip up a batch of Crack Dip for dipping too.










dipping sausage ball into ranch dressing
collage of two photos of baked sausage balls
dipping sausage balls in ranch dressing
sausage balls on a plate
sausage balls on a plate



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Appetizer
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Yield: approximately 60 sausage balls

Crack Sausage Balls

prep time: 15 minscook time: 18 mins total time: 33 mins
Crack Sausage Balls - cream cheese sausage balls loaded with cheddar, bacon, and ranch. Seriously the BEST sausage balls you'll ever eat! Sausage, Bisquick, Ranch mix, cheddar cheese, bacon, and cream cheese. Can make in advance and freeze unbaked for a quick snack later. These are great for tailgating and parties! #sausageballs #bacon #ranch #freezermeal #tailgating #partyfood

ingredients:

  • 1 lb breakfast sausage
  • 1 (1-oz) package Ranch dressing mix
  • 1 lb bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1-1/2 cups Bisquick
  • 1 (8-oz) package cream cheese, softened

instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  2. Mix all ingredients until well combined with an electric stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment.
  3. Roll dough into 1-inch balls and bake on a baking sheet.
  4. Bake 15 to 18 minutes.

NOTES:

Can use turkey sausage and turkey bacon. 
Can substitute 1-1/4 cups precooked bacon pieces for fresh cooked bacon. 
Can freeze sausage balls unbaked. Prepare to step 3 above. Place baking sheet in freezer and freeze until sausage balls are frozen. Transfer frozen sausage balls to freezer bag for storage. When baking from frozen, add a few minutes to the baking time.



MORE TAILGATING RECIPES:
Crack Chicken Tortilla Pinwheels
Taco Ranch Bites
Hissy Fit Dip
Hot Ham & Cheese Crescents
Warm Crack Dip

RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS:
Pyrex Portable Baking Dish
Kitchen Aid Mixer
Rimmed Baking Sheet
Football Serving Platter


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3 comments

  1. I might make these today - i have a friend coming to town - it'll be a fun snack for when he gets here - i might even pop them in the air fryer just to be crazy! hahaha

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  2. What is the green stuff in the cheese balls in the pictures?

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