Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Sausage Cheese Balls

Second Friday is almost here! It will be Friday the 13th this month! (cue the Twilight Zone musical score!) I went to the store to get some supplies to make some old favorites for our cookout. I will post pix of what we make and our assembled group this weekend, but for now, here's a family favorite recipe that Karen made for a pot luck at her work. (Her place of employment is a fantastic place to work......they have potlucks for any and all reasons.....Yum!)

This recipe for Sausage Cheese balls is not a family secret. I got it decades ago in South Carolina while I was young and single and have used it frequently. I do not remember where this originated, so my apologies for not giving credit where credit is due!

My mother-in-law Maxine loved this recipe and used to make them when no one was home, so that she could freeze at least half before anyone knew they were there, and have them on hand to pull them out when company dropped by. The half she didn't freeze always disappeared extremely quickly. I never managed to get any of them frozen at my house....

They are fine at room temperature but really at their best when served warm.

The proverbial cast of characters:

Could this get any simpler? You need 3 cups of Bisquick, 1 pound of sausage (mild or hot and uncooked), and 10 ounces of sharp cheddar cheese, grated. That's all.

Well, that and a pair of plastic food service gloves, a favorite chair, and 20+ minutes of your favorite TV show. Because you are going to settle into the chair, don the gloves, and hand mix, squeeze, mix, squeeze, mix, etc......until the mixture finally resembles dough. Or until your hands cramp too badly and you pass the job to someone else!

Pinch of pieces and roll the dough into one inch balls. Place one inch apart on cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes. (Until when you turn them with a spatula, you have a toasty looking bottom on them. It's pork, folks, and being a transcriptionist has made me painfully aware of what can happen if its not well cooked. I usually turn 'em and then bake 'em a few more minutes, just for giggles.)


We did manage to get all but about five of them packaged for Karen's potluck at work!

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