Sausage Balls are one of my favorite things to make for breakfast when I cook for a crew. For one thing, they’re a crowd pleaser. I think it’s because they’re so fun to eat. And for another thing, I love sneaking vegetables in on those unknowing meat-loving cowboys I typically feed (cue evil laugh – haha).
All jokes aside, these sausage balls are delicious, nutritious, and hearty. All important things if you’re feeding a crew hard at work or a family with growing youngsters.
Speaking of hearty, did you know I wrote an e-cookbook with my friend Michaela of Cowgirl Boots and Running Shoes? It’s true – I did. It’s chock full of hearty breakfast, lunch, and supper recipes, and includes dessert ideas and a few extras.
Don’t forget the rules of food safety! Here is the short list:
- Always wash your hands before and after handling raw meat.
- Never thaw meat on the counter. Thaw in the refrigerator, microwave, or cool water bath.
- Always wash cutting boards and plates after having been in contact with raw meat.
- Always cook to appropriate internal temperatures. Safe internal temperatures vary based on cut. Hamburger must reach a safe and savory 160 degrees, while steak is safe at 145 degrees.
A delicious way to sneak vegetables into a protein packed breakfast!
1 pound pork sausage
1 pound ground beef
1 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 cup shredded cheddar
Grab a large bowl and toss in the the pork sausage, ground beef, garlic powder, onion powder, sage, salt, pepper, celery, and onion. Get in there with your hands and mix it all up. Don’t be afraid to get your hands meaty!
Pour your flour and baking powder into a small bowl and whisk them together. Once that’s all mixed up, add it and the cheese to the meat mixture. Again, don’t be afraid to get your hands meaty – mix well.
Form the mixture into 1 inch balls, placing them on a baking sheet roughly an inch apart. Slide that sausage balled baking sheet into a 375 degree pre-heated oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until the sausage balls reach an internal temperature of 160 degrees.
Take the sausage balls out of the oven and serve with a dash of your favorite hot sauce. Enjoy!
You can sub in our homemade ground beef sausage for the ground beef and dry herbs and spices. It’s basically the same thing. 😉