Zesty Sausage Cheese Balls

Zesty Sausage Cheese Balls
Zesty Sausage Cheese Balls

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

Ingredients

  • 1

    pkg. Jimmy Dean® Premium Pork Hot Roll Sausage

  • 3/4

    cup all-purpose baking mix

  • 2

    cups (8 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese

  • 1/4

    cup finely chopped onion

  • 1/4

    cup seeded, finely chopped fresh jalapeño peppers

  • 1

    large clove garlic, minced

  • 1/2

    teaspoon chili powder

  • 1/8

    teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)

Directions

1.Preheat oven to 375°F. Mix all ingredients in large bowl just until blended. Shape into 36 (1-inch) balls. 2.Place in 2 lightly greased baking pans. 3.Bake 12-14 minutes or until done (160°F). 4.Serve with toothpicks, if desired. Cook’s Tips: Stove-Top Variation: Do not preheat oven. Mix ingredients and shape into balls as directed. Cook half the sausage balls in large skillet over medium heat 15-17 minutes or until done (160°F), turning frequently. Remove from skillet; place in single layer in shallow pan to keep warm. Repeat with remaining sausage balls. Serve with toothpicks, if desired. Flavor Variations: Spicy Sausage-Cranberry Cheese Balls: Substitute 1 cup dried cranberries , 1 cup chopped pecans and ¼ teaspoon nutmeg for onion, jalapeno peppers, garlic powder, chili powder and cayenne pepper; continue as directed above. Italian-Style Sausage Cheese Balls: Substitute 1 pkg. Jimmy Dean Premium Pork Original Roll Sausage for Premium Pork Hot Roll Sausage, 2 cups mozzarella cheese, 1 cup packed fresh spinach leaves, ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese, ¼ cup finely chopped red bell pepper, 1 large garlic clove, minced and ½ teaspoon dried oregano for onion, jalapeno peppers, garlic powder, chili powder and cayenne pepper; continue as directed above. Make Ahead: Sausage balls can be shaped ahead of time and frozen. When ready to serve, heat oven to 375°F. Place frozen balls on lightly greased baking sheet. Bake 16-18 minutes or until done (160°F). Note: It is easiest to mix the sausage mixture using your hands. Mix just until the dry ingredients are incorporated. Yield 18 servings (2 balls each)

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