You may never have encountered the combination of sausage and cream cheese before, but cream cheese sausage balls are delicious.
Unlikely combinations of food will often surprise and delight you all at the same time.
This is one of the reasons I always advocate trying new foods, flavors and combinations.
Wonderful served as an appetizer, these cream cheese sausage balls will undoubtedly become a favorite.
Try these for something new and different at your next party or family gathering.
What Are Cream Cheese Sausage Balls?
These lovely morsels of goodness are often served as appetizers, but can easily be part of a full meal as well.
A perfect mixture of cream cheese, potato, pork sausage, and almond flour make this a perfect gluten free snack.
These delicious sausage balls are cheesy and meaty, and very popular, delivering loads of flavor.
They are a nice substitute to traditional meatballs, and make a delicious meal with tomato sauce added.
How to Make These Appetizer Balls
Place your ground pork sausage in the mixing bowl of a stand mixer, and add the almond flour.
Then the shredded cheese; I like to use cheddar for this sausage ball recipe, but you can use other hard cheese too..
Add the sumac, garlic powder, baking powder and salt, and mix until well combined.
Then mix in the egg, mashed potato and cream cheese until all the ingredients are mixed well.
(For best results allow the cream cheese and cheddar cheese to come to room temperature)
Line baking sheets or spray them with non-stick cooking spray.
Make the balls using an ice cream scooper, and place them evenly on the baking sheet.
Bake until golden brown and crispy on the outside and you will find these sausage cheese balls are easy for the home cook.
Add your favorite dipping sauce for a customized treat.
How to Keep for Best Results
Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to five days.
These cream cheese sausage balls are perfect for freezing in a freezer safe container.
Keep them in the freezer for up to six months.
When ready to use, simply place them in the fridge to thaw safely.
Significance of Using Pork
In the US, backyard and small-scale hog breeding provided an economical means of converting food waste, and crop waste into calories.
With the creation of larger and faster-growing hogs (due to crosses between European and Asian breeds) in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Pigs became a main source of meat, that in a relatively small space, and a short growing period became a good food source.
The economic and caloric requirement of eating lard and other preserved fats may have contributed to the global appeal of fried dishes.
With the majority of the calories coming in the form of fat and lard.
Lard was used in practically all types of cooking, and was a key ingredient in many typical household foods.
Many of which are still considered holiday and comfort foods today, such as biscuits and pies.
Cream Cheese Sausage Balls (Appetizers)
- ½ lb Pork Sausage
- ½ lb Cream Cheese
- ½ lb Mashed Potato
- 1 cup Cheese shredded
- 1 Egg
- ¾ cup Almond Flour
- 2 tsp Baking Powder
- 1½ tsp Garlic Powder
- 1½ tsp Sumac
- ½ tsp Salt
- Add the sausage to the bowl of a stand mixer.
- Add the almond flour, cheese, sumac, salt, baking powder and garlic powder.
- Mix on low, then add the egg while the mixer is running.
- Stop and add the cream cheese and mashed potato, and mix well.
- Scoop the mixture into balls using an ice cream scoop.
- Place the sausage balls on a greased tray.
- Place the tray in a preheated oven, and bake at 350ºF (175ºC) for 25 minutes.