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Sausage Balls

Chop everything, mix everything, form balls, cook.
Calories: 100kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound breakfast sausage
  • 1 pound Hot Italian sausage
  • 1 c shredded cheese, any flavor cheddar is a great choice
  • 3/4 c celery finely chopped
  • 3/4 c onion, any color finely chopped
  • 2/3 c Italian bread crumbs
  • 3 cloves garlic minced or grated with a microplane
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 10 grinds of a pepper mill or 1 tsp

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 and line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper or foil.
  • If you have a food scale, zero it with a plate on it so you can keep the balls uniform size.
  • Chop and mince everything, beat the eggs, and combine it all in a large bowl.
  • Form the mixture into 1 oz balls and line them up on the cookie sheets.
  • Cook at 350 for about 50 minutes. Rotate the cookie sheets top to bottom and front to back at the 25-minute mark.

Notes

You can use any sausage you want. I've experimented with turkey sausage and tried to manipulate the spices to replicate traditional breakfast sausage flavor. After a few attempts, I've decided regular pork sausage is just fine.
I often play around with the seasonings by adding fresh sage, fresh oregano, or thyme if I have the herbs.
Calorie/nutrition data is calculated for one ball, assuming you'll get about 40 balls from the whole recipe. As you can see, it's not exactly a low-calorie recipe. The trick is to not pig out on them. Put 3 in your salad, grab 2 for a post workout snack. Don't knock back the whole tray in one sitting.