It’s hard to resist all of those delightful treats at holiday potlucks and parties, and one of the hardest things for me to pass by is a tray of sausage balls. Unfortunately, traditional sausage balls aren’t low carb. Most contain Bisquick or other flour-based ingredients.
With this recipe, you can enjoy delicious sausage balls as a low carb treat anytime, without waiting for a party. They make a great dinner option, and leftovers heat over well for a low carb lunch the next day. They even freeze well!
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I use disposable latex gloves for mixing the meat and making the sausage balls so that I don’t have to clean raw meat out of my fingernails later. I use a jelly roll pan (a cookie sheet with sides) for baking, so that any grease that cooks out of the sausage balls doesn’t drip onto the bottom of my oven. I generally buy Jimmy Dean brand sausage rolls for this recipe.
- 1 lb breakfast pork sausage roll, medium
- 1 lb breakfast pork sausage roll, hot
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 lb shredded cheddar cheese
- 3 large eggs, mixed well
- 1/4 cup dried onion flakes
- salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix together the ground beef and sausage rolls with your hands in a large bowl, then add the remaining ingredients and combine well. You can add some salt and pepper if you’d like, but the sausage is probably plenty spicy without additional help.
- Cover a jelly roll pan (or cookie sheet, if you prefer) with a sheet of aluminum foil and spray well with olive oil.
- Form your sausage balls into the desired size, no more than 2 inches. Smaller balls cook faster but require more effort because you have to make more balls.
- Place the pan of sausage balls in your oven and begin checking them after 10 minutes. The meat needs to be completely cooked before eating. Smaller balls (about 1 inch) likely need 10 or 15 minutes for cooking. Larger sausage balls will require 20 minutes or so.
- After your sausage balls finish baking, gently remove them from the sheet and transfer to a serving plate. You should have about 30 to 50 sausage balls, depending on how large you made them.
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This post was originally published in December 2014 and updated in November 2016.