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Sausage-Cheddar Bites

Sausage-Cheddar Bites - An easy appetizer for the #SuperBowl or any party! | browneyedbaker.com

While my mom grew up here in Pittsburgh, the vast majority of her extended family is located in the Chicago area. My grandfather was the only one of his siblings to settle in this area after they all immigrated here from Italy; he fell in love with my grandma and stayed (awww!), working in the coal mines. The rest of his family continued west and settled outside of Chicago, taking factory jobs there. The family stayed close, and my mom grew up making multiple trips to Chicago each year. When I was younger, we would take a trip out there each summer to visit my mom’s cousins, and then eventually started making special trips for weddings, too.

During one particular summer trip to Chicago that involved a large family picnic, a cousin whipped together these sausage ball things that I haven’t forgotten since the day I ate them. I believe that hers had wonton wrappers involved, but when I ran across this recipe in an old issue of Everyday Food, I immediately thought of those appetizers.

Sausage-Cheddar Bites - An easy appetizer for the #SuperBowl or any party! | browneyedbaker.com

While I’m a total dip girl when it comes to party food and “game day” food, I realize the importance of some heartier, warm appetizers and snacks when feeding a crowd. I like to go the no muss, no fuss route and tend to pick things that are easy to mix together and pop into the oven when folks arrive. These sausage cheddar bites totally fit the bill. For one, sausage and cheese are usually big hits at parties. And two, you can make these ahead of time, cover with plastic wrap and put in the refrigerator until it’s time to pop them into the oven.

Are you making food for the Super Bowl this year? If so, what’s on your menu?

Sausage-Cheddar Bites - An easy appetizer for the #SuperBowl or any party! | browneyedbaker.com

One year ago: Warm Black Bean Dip
Two years ago: White Russian Winter Milkshake
Three years ago: Three-Cheese Baked Macaroni & Cheese
Four years ago: Mushroom-Herb Macaroni & Cheese

Sausage-Cheddar Bites

Yield: 50 to 55 bites

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Bite-size appetizers with shredded cheddar cheese and breakfast sausage - a little spicy and totally addicting!

Ingredients:

1¼ cups all-purpose flour
1½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
8 ounces shredded cheddar cheese (about 2 cups shredded)
16 ounces bulk breakfast sausage
½ large yellow onion, grated
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, cayenne and black pepper. Add the shredded cheese and toss to evenly coat with the flour mixture. Add the sausage, onion and melted butter, and mix until a cohesive mass forms. Using your hands, break off pieces of the mixture and roll into 1-inch balls (I used a small cookie scoop). Place on the prepared baking sheet about ½-inch apart.

3. Bake until the sausage is cooked through, about 25 to 30 minutes. Using tongs, transfer the warm sausage bites to a serving platter, insert toothpicks, and serve warm. These are best served as soon as they are baked, but leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat before serving.

(Recipe adapted from Everyday Food)

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20 Responses to “Sausage-Cheddar Bites”

  1. Belinda@themoonblushbaker on January 29, 2014 at 3:25 am

    I am a cocktail sausage lover/addict. Whether it is the the Frank or real meat; I can not go pass a bite of meaty goodness when partying. My fave to served them glazed or with a bit of pineapple.

    No party is right without a meat dish; these look deliciously addictive!

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  2. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness on January 29, 2014 at 5:31 am

    I am not making Superbowl food as me and the hubs are not really “Superbowl People” If I was though, I would be making these. Sausage and cheese in a fun bite form? I may have to make these anyway. Yum!

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  3. Candace @ Cabot on January 29, 2014 at 6:59 am

    These will probably end up being my “Downton Abbey” Bites, but hey…any excuse for a yummy, cheesy appetizer, right? They looks so good!

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  4. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen on January 29, 2014 at 7:01 am

    Sausage and Cheddar go so well together and this is the perfect appetizer to pop in your mouth! Thanks for sharing, Michelle. Pinning!

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  5. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers on January 29, 2014 at 7:17 am

    Yum! I could see popping these in my mouth throughout the Super Bowl! Looks delish! Love cheese and sausage together!

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  6. BJ Morton on January 29, 2014 at 8:49 am

    My Mom made these for years and they were our Christmas morning go to for a long time. Her’s only had 3 ingredients, sausage, cheese and flour but these sound yummy. Think I’ll try them and compare. Thanks!!

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  7. Amanda on January 29, 2014 at 9:55 am

    I love these!

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  8. Elyse on January 29, 2014 at 10:07 am

    MY boyfriend and I may be the ONLY two people in Pittsburgh that just do not care about football, haha! Never-the-less, these look amaaaazing! Can’t wait to try ‘em out!

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    • Michelle on January 29th, 2014 at 11:17 am

      Haha, you can count my mom in with you guys, and she was born and raised here! She haaaaaates it!

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  9. Annie @ Annie's City Kitchen on January 29, 2014 at 10:33 am

    This is pretty much my boyfriend’s dream food. And mine.

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  10. Liz @ Tip Top Shape on January 29, 2014 at 10:47 am

    I want these right now! They look amazing!!!

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  11. Marie @ Little Kitchie on January 29, 2014 at 10:56 am

    I made a similar appetizer and they always are the first things to disappear! Yum!!

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  12. Nancy Long on January 29, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Haven’t made these in years, will have to do them again. Hubby will love them. The original recipe called for biscuit mix.

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  13. katy on January 29, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    These are the best! Has anyone tried freezing them?

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  14. Andrea on January 29, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    These are GREAT frozen… Also, with a scrambled egg for breakfast the next day!

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    • katy on January 29th, 2014 at 6:31 pm

      Thanks Andrea! I’ll give it a shot!

      Reply

  15. Tammy W on January 30, 2014 at 1:18 am

    These are similar to the Sausage Balls that I make every year around Christmas, and my dad always made these when I was growing up. My recipe uses a biscuit mix, sausage and cheese. Yum!

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  16. Rose on January 31, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    Are the sausages supposed to be diced up really small and then mashed together with the flour cheese mixture? How small should they be diced or is it just supposed to be chopped into a lindt truffle sized ball and then rolled into the mixture?

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    • Michelle on January 31st, 2014 at 10:23 pm

      Hi Rose, It’s easiest to use bulk breakfast sausage for something like this, otherwise, if you are using links, remove the sausage from the casing and then mix it with the remaining ingredients, like you would meatballs, meatloaf or hamburger patties.

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  17. Laura Dembowski on February 2, 2014 at 8:38 am

    My mom always made an appetizer of sausage and cheese on cocktail toast. I loved it and these remind me of it so much. She and I will have to make them together!

    Reply

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