Not sure about the bad reviews and what is done wrong. My mother made these in the 60's and on and now I do. Everyone loves them and I always double and sometimes freeze. No need to melt cheese and you do not precook the sausage. I always use Jimmy Dean's Hot sausage as they are bland if you do not. My mother called them 1-2-3 balls (she named everything special names so she could remember in the grocery store). 1 pound of hot sausage, 2 cups sharp or extra sharp cheese that you grate and 3 cups of Bisquick. You grate the cheese and let it and the sausage get room temperature before you mix everything up and roll into balls. Was at a football party before the RONA hit and the person who brought them used 1/2 extra sharp cheddar cheese and 1/2 pepper jack cheese and they were quite tasty and wonderfully spicy.
This is a family favorite. No melted cheese! This is not dry. You do not cook the sausage before mixing with other ingredients.
I've been a die hard southern living recipe user for 30 plus years and never had a bad recipe..until now. These are really terrible, so dry I threw them out. Use the recipe with the condensed cheese if you want to be able to eat them.
Sorry, but it's only half of the original cheese! I guess because so many people don't own double boilers or know how to fake one, or didn't want to take all the time it takes to melt the extra sharp white cheddar, that over the years people all over the internet people have dropped one of the tastiest ingredients! And the melted cheese will make it all hold together better to make into balls. (As it is presented here, you really have nothing to keep them together.) I'm not home so I don't have the exact amount for the bisquick, but the rest is right:
3 cups(or 4?) cups Bisquick baking mix
8 oz block extra sharp white cheddar
8 oz shredded sharp cheddar
1 lb pork sausage**
Melt the white cheddar in a double boiler*, then mix all the ingredients together and form into balls approx. 3/4" in diameter. (Not more than 1") Bake at 400 degrees for 14-18 minutes til lightly brown.
* If you do not have a double boiler you can place a heat-proof bowl over a sauce pan of boiling water. It will accomplish the same purpose.
**The original recipe from the late 1960's or early 1970's called for 1 lb Jimmy Dean hot sausage. My parents thought that was too spicy, so my Mother made them with 1/2 hot, 1/2 regular. Years later when I had my own children, my youngest was particularly fond of these but did not like them spicy so I made them with regular sausage and they were still tasty.
It's worth the extra time melting the extra sharp white cheddar!