Sausage Cheese Balls

Sausage cheese balls. Or like in our house it’s pronounced: saus-atch CHEEZ-bole.

You know, just to clarify.


My mom just recently gave me our childhood griddle! I wanted to cry! You don’t understand this griddle is probably as old as I am… so like 22. Right.  It is old, seasoned, loved and still working! I was happy to take it and who knows maybe even pass it along to my girls! On this very griddle I’ve watched my mom make plenty of buckwheat pancakes and I even have a scar on my right ring finger from this griddle {and now a matching one on my left thumb… ouch!} So needless to say I am so happy to have this griddle in my home!!

Well it’s that time of year, football. I just love football season {do you hear the sarcasm?}… really it’s only because that means hunting season is around the corner and when it’s hunting season, that means girls nights, great food, wine and maybe a twilight movie! But sausage cheese balls was the snack my mother in law would make occasionally during the football season.  So with all the “spirit” and “excitement” of football season, I am transported in time to when my mother-in-law would stand over her griddle for everyone else to enjoy her sausage balls. We all would be anxiously waiting for them to come off the griddle, and they would go just as fast as she made them. There was only one problem… there was never enough.

Her recipe does call for a certain pre-made biscuit mix, that may or may not rhyme with “miswick” or “qisbick” and since I’m not a huge fan of pre-made mixes… you know all those “other” ingredients, I made my own. So here is how I did it! Flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and butter… really, that easy people.

So if you looking for a great football snack for all the guys in your life that just sit on the couch and yell, scream and beat their chests at the TV when ever some guy makes a goal… or is it a tackle. Whatever it is that they do in football… SERVE THIS… they will think you are a rock star!  Me…I’d rather stick to not knowing a thing about football and do all the dishes!!

Here is the “biscuit mix” or should I say “schmiswick”? Okay okay… You will need, flour, salt, sugar, baking powder and cold butter.

Mix in all the dry ingredients.

Slice up a stick of butter… yes ONE STICK… it will be okay… this recipe makes a LOT of cheese balls.

Drop in the butter pieces and start to blend with a pastry cutter.

It should look kind of soft and crumbly. Set aside and get going on the sausage bols… I mean balls.

Get out the pork sausage, cheddar cheese {freshly grate your own please} and the flour mixture.

Grate a whole brick of cheddar and add it to the two pounds of ground pork.

Next add the flour mixture and kind of knead it in with your super duper clean hands.

Mix just until all the flour ingredients are incorporated and then form into small balls…bite size not meatball size. When the smell wafted up to my daughters room she came running downstairs to see what was cooking, and then she offered to help, it was so fun and she did a pretty good job!

As we rolled the balls I drop them on to a preheated griddle (like 425 degrees} I didn’t oil or grease the griddle, the pork fat will eventually be all you need to get them crispy and brown on all sides. Don’t bet too eager to turn them you want them to get nice and a dark golden color.


Look at the cheese melting… oh lordy.

I transfer them to a paper towel lined baking sheet and then repeat with the remaining sausage balls…

Until ready to serve! Okay, so that’s a lie… we were sneaking them before they even cooled the littlest bit… you just can’t resist!

Look at that goodness!! These are strangely addictive! Feel free to add diced jalopeno, or even some red pepper flakes!

Enjoy! And if you give this Sausage Cheese Ball recipe a try, let me know by snapping a photo and tagging me on twitter or instagram!

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Sausage Cheese Balls


2 1/2 cups Flour

1/8 cup Baking Powder

1 tablespoon of Sugar

1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt

1 stick of Unsalted Butter, cold and cut into pieces

2 pounds of Seasoned Ground Pork Sausage

1 brick of Cheddar Cheese, freshly grated


Preheat griddle to 400-425 degrees.

In a large bowl add the grated cheese to the pork sausage and mix in by hand.

Next add the "biscuit mix" and mix in by hand until completely incorporated.

Make small bite sized balls and place on hot griddle and brown on all sides.

Remove once fully cooked to a paper towel lined baking sheet or plate to cool.

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14 Responses to “Sausage Cheese Balls”

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    The Cilantropist — September 22, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    Whoa, these are packed with goodies! 🙂 Look at that warm melted cheese, perfect for football season. And, I just had a little girl time recently with some wine and New Moon (one of my gf had never seen it!) and it was fabulous! Hope you get some relaxing time soon.

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    Laurie @simplyscratch — September 22, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Thanks Amanda!! {me too!} 🙂

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    Nichole B — September 22, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    Yum, yum yummmmm! my guys will love them!

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    Jennifurla — September 22, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    OH Dear, I am in LOVE! My friend makes these too…but these look even better

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    Amanda — September 22, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    oh my word YUMMM. great idea on replacing the mix…can't wait to make these for the guys! (but mostly me)


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    Andrea the Kitchen Witch — September 22, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    I sense that you're just 'thrilled' about football season. I share the same sentiments!!!! And the baking mix, that's how I do mine, too!! take that boxed processed junk! These sound really good. And I'm lovin' the jalapeno idea. Yum!

    And major score on the griddle! How exciting!

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    Letizia Golosa — September 23, 2010 at 1:59 am

    I totally feel your football PAIN!!!!! My husband LOOOOVES football and hockey (the season started tonight)….whatever
    You sausage bites look amazing, I will try them with veal sausage and see how they turn out

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    Emily Malloy — September 23, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    That must taste like heaven on earth!

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    Brenda — September 24, 2010 at 12:38 am

    I am so honored that you would share our sausage ball memories!! You have certainly improved on perfection, they look fabulous!

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    Riska — August 29, 2011 at 6:53 am

    Can you replace the pork sausage with minced beef? If I do replace the sausage with beef, do I need to grease the griddle? Thanks 🙂

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    Anonymous — December 24, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    Fabulous!! I just made these for a Christmas eve celebration–can't stop eating them soooo yummy!! Thank you!

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    Blessed Mama — December 18, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    This looks sooooo yummy! And I’m happy to have found a version that is really a homemade version, not from a box mix! 😀 Thank you!!

    question… 1 brick of cheese…. my store has two size bricks… 8 oz or 16 oz?

    • simplyscratch replied: — December 19th, 2012 @ 2:48 am

      YAY! Yes, 1 8 ounce brick! 🙂

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    JW — November 21, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Could these be baked as well? How log? What temp?


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