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Having a little fun with sweet, savory holiday balls

Addie Broyles

Inspired in part by the iconic “Saturday Night Live” sketch with Alec Baldwin, Molly Shannon and Ana Gasteyer, we decided to have a little fun today with all the spherical holiday treats that come out this time of year.

Cheese balls, meatballs and bonbons/truffles all get their time in the inky spotlight today, including a lox cheese ball (above) that is one of my favorite recipes in the package, but one recipe that didn’t make it into the section were these sausage balls, a homely spin on meatballs that you either remember fondly from your childhood or will dismiss as the craziest thing you’ve ever heard of since Little Smokies served in a grape jelly barbecue sauce.

Cheesy Sausage Balls

1 lb. ground sausage

3 cups baking mix, such as Bisquick

4 cups grated sharp Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Using your hands, mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl. Don’t overmix. Roll between your hands to make 1-inch balls. Place on a baking sheet that has been coated with a cookie spray or lined with foil. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Makes 4 to 5 dozen balls.


What are your favorite holiday ball recipes? I didn’t make any boozy balls for this year’s story, but maybe we’ll cover those next year, so I’d love to gather a few reader recipes…