Cheddar Bay Sausage Balls - combines two of my favorite foods- Cheddar Bay Biscuits and Sausage Balls! Love the flavor in these! Can make and freeze unbaked for later. Also, get the secret to easily mixing sausage balls and avoiding messy hands!
1(11.36-oz)package Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuit mix
1(8-oz)package cream cheesesoftened
1¼cupsshredded cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 400ºF.
In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, combine biscuit mix and seasoning packet, sausage, cream cheese, and cheddar cheese. Mix until everything is incorporated into the sausage.
Shape into 1-inch balls. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. (Can freeze at this point)
Bake for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown.
If you don't have a stand mixer, you can mix together the ingredients by hand.
I used a box of the Red Lobster Biscuit mix for the Cheddar Bay part of the sausage balls. You can find the biscuit mix in the baking aisle at the grocery store.
I used a roll of Jimmy Dean hot sausage. You can use any brand of breakfast sausage or Italian sausage.
Do NOT cook the sausage. You are using the sausage raw.
If you want spicy sausage balls, add some red pepper flakes. I call this version Firecracker Cheddar Bay Sausage Balls.
I used sharp cheddar cheese in the sausage balls. Feel free to use any shredded cheese you prefer.
I use a small cookie scoop to portion out the dough.
You make the sausage mixture and shape it into balls ahead of time and refrigerate overnight.
You can make the sausage balls ahead of time and freeze unbaked for later. I always have a bag in the freezer for a quick snack. You can bake them frozen. Just add a couple of minutes to the cooking time so they can thaw in the oven.
For gluten-free sausage balls, use a box of the gluten-free Red Lobster biscuit mix.