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This was a staple appetizer at many family parties when we were younger. I vividly remember getting so excited when we were allowed to get our hands messy to help mix the ingredients together. I also remember how enticing it was to smell them as they were baking. Once they came out of the oven there was very little time for them to cool off because they were always gone within minutes.

My parents never served them with a dipping sauce because frankly there was no need to. The dipping sauce is optional. If these are made correctly you really don’t need it.

Servings: 5-6 Dozen


Cost per serving $2.18 view details
  • The basic recipe is 1 part sausage; 1 part cheddar cheese and 3 parts Bisquick. My parents recipe worked out like this:
  • 1 lb hot raw sausage (Jimmy Dean)
  • 1 lb sharp cheddar cheese
  • 3 cups Bisquick


  1. Let the cheese and sausage sit at room temperature for about 20-30 minutes. This will allow the meat to bake evenly. Grate the cheese and mix the three ingredients together. Do not use packaged shredded cheese. Grated cheese is tastier. Do not use cooked sausage. The meat will dry out if it is cooked before you bake it . Also, do not use lean meat such as turkey sausage. It lacks the flavor of regular sausage and will make a big difference in the taste. Splurge and use regular sausage. My parents always used Jimmy Dean. I’ve heard many people say that it is their favorite brand to use in this recipe.
  2. Shape into little balls about 1-inch in size and bake either on a baking sheet or on a baking rack over a cookie sheet at 350° for approximately 20-25 minutes or until browned.
  3. Dipping sauces can include horseradish sauce, bbq sauce, honey mustard or sweet chili sauce.
  4. Servings: 5-6 dozen (approximately)
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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 254g
Recipe makes 5 servings
Calories 953  
Calories from Fat 580 61%
Total Fat 65.33g 82%
Saturated Fat 30.0g 120%
Trans Fat 0.19g  
Cholesterol 162mg 54%
Sodium 2068mg 86%
Potassium 432mg 12%
Total Carbs 47.2g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1.5g 5%
Sugars 8.94g 6%
Protein 42.1g 67%



  • Foodessa
    December 15, 2010
    I may have too much of a sensitive tummy for hot sausage...however, this recipe sounds like a must try. I may put just a pinch of cayenne pepper.

    Thanks for sharing a treat you enjoy so much ;o)

    Flavourful wishes,
    This is a variation
    1 reply
    • laphemmephoodie
      December 16, 2010
      It definitely tastes better when the sausage has a little kick. A pinch of cayenne pepper should do the trick or just use a dab of a spicy dipping sauce. Hope you enjoy them!
    • Kathy Armstrong
      December 31, 2012
      2 cups of bisquick made the receipe too dry. Would like better with 2c instead.
      I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
      This is a variation


      • Susan Jeffries
        December 29, 2010
        These sound just unhealthy enough to be really great! I have to try it, we cook too healthy at our house. Something so crazy is fun and a nice change. I'd use the hot Jimmy Dean sausage. Maybe add some Chinese hot chili oil too. Yum!
        1 reply
        • laphemmephoodie
          December 31, 2010
          Susan if you are willing to indulge and embrace how unhealthy they are I'm sure you will enjoy them. I tried making a "lighter" version and it was not even close to the real thing. Enjoy!
        • Claudia lamascolo
          December 16, 2010
          I have had these before and absolutely love them...spicer for me rules.. I add hot sauce to mine!
          1 reply
          • laphemmephoodie
            December 16, 2010
            I turn up the heat with pepper or hot sauce in a lot of my foods. I see we have something in common:)

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