Let’s just go ahead and get this out of our systems right now. It’s Saturday Night Live, so if you’re easily offended, don’t click. The rest of us will embrace our inner twelve-year-olds.
Better now? Yeah, me neither, but hey, I know two things:
The sausage balls are highly entertaining. I’ve been giggling all day.
The sausage balls are also dang good, getting three out of four kids’ approval. The fourth one is like that fifth dentist who never recommends anything, so don’t read too much into her opinion.
I based this recipe on one I found over at Plainchicken.com. She’s got a great site with a lot of realistic recipes that I’m looking forward to diving into.
When would one serve sausage balls? Anytime a savory, not exactly highbrow appetizer or hors d’oeuvres is wanted. For breakfast instead of biscuits would work, too. Today they were lunch.
Here is my usual caveat: If you are cooking for someone with celiac disease, you need to be certain the ingredients you choose are also gluten-free. Bulk sausage varies depending on the brand, as does shredded cheese. I am lucky. I cook for someone with a wheat allergy, not celiac (he may disagree with how lucky that is, food allergies aren’t fun). Trace amounts don’t seem to be an issue here. We watch for “hidden” sources but don’t have to stress cross-contamination. Do your homework.
Gluten-Free Sausage Balls with Hash Browns and Cheddar
- 1lb bulk breakfast sausage, thawed if frozen
- 8oz cream cheese, softened
- 3/4 cup Gluten-Free Bisquick Pancake and Baking Mix
- 3/4 cup gluten-free flour with xanthan gum. I use Pillsbury
- 1 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 15 oz frozen shredded hash browns
I find these easier to assemble if done in this order. Stir the sausage and cream cheese together before adding the flours. Follow with the cheese and hash browns.
If you have a stand mixer, use that. If not, just be prepared for a little bit of an upper arm workout.
Pre-Heat the oven to 400ºF.
Grab and grease a baking sheet.
Roll the dough into 1.5-inch balls and make slightly off-color jokes to anyone who appreciates that humor. (It took me 1.5 baking sheets and 5.75 jokes)
Bake 25-30 minutes. (I like mine a little darker?) You may opt to check a little sooner.