My friend, Chrissy, makes these for her holiday party every year. And, really, they are like my crack. Instead of eating all the yummy things at her party this year, I stood by the table and ate no less than twenty sausage balls.
And I love that every time I say sausage balls, I laugh. This is probably because I have the humor of a fifteen year-old boy. (I especially laughed when I typed out Chrissy's Sausage Balls.)
I made these a bit more Paleo-friendly by using almond flour and baking powder instead of the all-purpose baking mix the original recipe called for. Also, if you are planning to serve these right out of the oven, I think there is too much cheese. I would reduce the cheese by about a cup so they aren't as greasy. However, if you plan to make these the day before and nuke them before you serve them, like I did for my work party, the measurements of the cheese are just fine. (But I am sure if you still wanted to reduce the amount of cheese it would work too.)
CHRISSY'S SAUSAGE BALLS
makes about 70 balls
2 16 oz. packages of Original flavor Jimmy Dean pork sausage
1.5 c. almond flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 c. finely chopped onion
1/2 c. finely chopped celery
2 tsp. minced garlic
4 c. shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 375° F. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Form into 1-inch balls. Place on a ungreased baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes until golden brown. Let balls rest for 5 minutes before serving.