Sausage Balls & Maple Mustard Dipping Sauce

This classic, easy to make appetizer will be the star of the show at your next party! With only 5 ingredients, these Sausage Balls & Maple Mustard Dipping Sauce are ready in about 30 minutes, and can be prepared ahead of time!

Sausage Balls is something that D.J. has been asking me to make for a while now.  Since I can’t eat pork, I’ve been hesitant to make them… Only because it makes me sad that I can’t have it, and a little jealous, if I’m being honest.  But, we had some leftover sausage in the fridge from Friendsgiving, and I decided to make Sausage Balls with it.  They made the perfect appetizer for Thursday Night Football!

To make the Sausage Balls, I used breakfast sausage, and cheddar cheese, but these can totally be made with different sausages and cheeses, for delicious variations.  Like spicy italian sausage and mozzarella, or chorizo with queso quesadilla.  Yum!  The recipe really is simple, it’s just sausage, cheese, pancake mix, a tablespoon of dijon mustard, and some spices, if you want.  All you do is mix it all together, by hand, and then roll them into balls and bake or fry them.  Easy peasy.  If you make a double recipe, you can freeze the uncooked sausage balls (as long as the sausage is fresh), and reheat them another time.

Now, let’s talk dip… There are a lot of different ways you can go with the dip.  I made a Maple Mustard Dipping Sauce.  It is spin on traditional Honey Mustard, and it’s a little sweet, and a little tangy, and absolutely delicious with Sausage Balls.  You can also serve them with homemade ranch, or honey mustard (if you don’t have maple), or bbq sauce or even french onion dip.  Or, better yet, serve them with a combination of dips!

I love easy appetizers like this.  I’m not sure why I didn’t make this one for Friendsgiving, but they will definitely be on the menu for next year. Or if D.J. has it his way, will be on the menu next week.

Sausage Balls & Maple Mustard Dip really make a great appetizer for Thanksgiving.  You can prep them ahead of time, and they bake up in no time, giving you lots of space in your oven.

Category, , DifficultyBeginner

Yields1 Serving
Prep Time5 minsCook Time20 minsTotal Time25 mins

For Sausage Balls
 1 lb ground breakfast sausage
 1 ¾ cups prepared pancake mix (Bisquick)
 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
 1 tbsp dijon mustard
 1 tsp salt
 ½ tsp black pepper
 1 tsp paprika
 2 tbsp olive oil
For Dipping Sauce
 3 tbsp maple syrup
 2 tbsp dijon mustard
 1 tsp olive oil
 1 tsp salt
 ½ tsp black pepper
 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes, optional

1

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper or foil.

2

Prepare dipping sauce by combining all ingredients together in a small bowl, and whisking until smooth. Set aside.

3

In a large bowl, combine sausage, pancake mix, cheese and spices with hands until well combined. Measure 1 tablespoon and roll into balls, and place in a single layer on prepared sheet pan.

4

Brush Sausage Balls with olive oil, and bake for 15-20 minutes, until no longer pink.

Serve with Maple Mustard Dipping Sauce.

Ingredients

For Sausage Balls
 1 lb ground breakfast sausage
 1 ¾ cups prepared pancake mix (Bisquick)
 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
 1 tbsp dijon mustard
 1 tsp salt
 ½ tsp black pepper
 1 tsp paprika
 2 tbsp olive oil
For Dipping Sauce
 3 tbsp maple syrup
 2 tbsp dijon mustard
 1 tsp olive oil
 1 tsp salt
 ½ tsp black pepper
 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes, optional

Directions

1

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper or foil.

2

Prepare dipping sauce by combining all ingredients together in a small bowl, and whisking until smooth. Set aside.

3

In a large bowl, combine sausage, pancake mix, cheese and spices with hands until well combined. Measure 1 tablespoon and roll into balls, and place in a single layer on prepared sheet pan.

4

Brush Sausage Balls with olive oil, and bake for 15-20 minutes, until no longer pink.

Serve with Maple Mustard Dipping Sauce.

Sausage Balls & Maple Mustard Dip

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