This Classic Southern Appetizer Starts With A Box Of Bisquick

Four takes on a classic Southern appetizer.

Sausage Balls
Photo: Lee Harrelson

Hot appetizers don't get much easier or tastier than sausage balls. All it takes is a single bowl and a few ingredients to make a homemade finger food that no one can refuse. Sausage balls have that sort of effect on Southerners.

While we're a fan of traditional sausage balls made with baking mix (usually Bisquick), ground sausage, and grated cheese, sometimes it's nice to change things up a little bit. And sausage balls are infinitely adaptable—yet another reason we love them!

If you wouldn't dream of hosting brunch—or any get-together—without a plate of sausage balls, here are four tasty takes on this popular appetizer. There is a recipe to suit every crowd.

What Are Sausage Balls?

Typically created from a flour mixture, sausage, and some cheese, this recipe is great to serve when hosting a large crowd any time of the day. Using a store-bought baking mixture, like Bisquick, these quick bites come together in only a few steps. It's as easy as combining sausage with the flour mix, adding your cheese, rolling, and baking.

The Classic

Looking for no-frills Sausage Balls? Our traditional recipe calls for baking mix, hot pork sausage, and sharp Cheddar. You can also swap out spicy for sweet sausage or add an herbal note with a teaspoon of rosemary, thyme, or rubbed sage.

Deliciously Different

These Sweet Potato-Chorizo Sausage Bites are delicious and made with peppery Mexican-style chorizo, tender roasted sweet potatoes, sharp Cheddar, and a hint of cinnamon for a creative take on this classic. Eat them on their own, or serve with a tangy-sweet scuppernong jelly and Dijon mustard sauce.

Mama's with a Twist

Can you make a Southern classic even more Southern? You can with the addition of pimiento cheese. These Pimiento Cheese Sausage Balls call for Bisquick and pork sausage, but in place of shredded cheese or cream cheese, we call for 1 1/2 cups pimiento cheese. You can make your own—or try one of our favorite store-bought pimiento cheeses.

Heat It Up

Where there's a will, there's a way to spice up sausage balls. These Spicy Bisquick Sausage Balls call for hot ground pork sausage, and for extra kick, we use pepper Jack cheese, too. Of course, you can make any sausage balls hot just by subbing out hot sausage for the milder varieties.

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