Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Hot, Hot, Hot!

Damn this July 4th holiday was a sizzler! I mean HOT - mid90's and HUMID! Lucky for me my brother has a little pool that is perfect for cooling down. Especially since our central air shit the bed (GRRRR). We had a great holiday and hope you all did too. I cooked up a storm for our little party but by far these spicy sausage balls we the biggest hit. Hubby said they were "gangsta". I am not quite sure what that means but it must be good because he asked me to make them again on Sunday! LOL!

Spicy Sausage Balls

3 cups biscuit mix (Bisquick or Jiffy)
1 pound uncooked Hot Italian Sausage
2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese (8 ounces)

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (8 ounces)
½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
½ cup milk
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 can fire roasted diced green chiles
½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

Allow sausage and cheese to sit out at room temperature for about 30 minutes before preparing.
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.

In a large bowl combine sausage and biscuit mix, using hands or a stand mixer with paddle attachment. Once ingredients are combined, add cheeses, chiles, milk and spices. Mix well with hands until completely combined.

Using a 1 tablespoon scoop or a heaping teaspoon, portion mixture and shape into balls, about 1” in size. Place them on parchment paper.

Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately remove from pan. Serve warm with sauce (marinara, ranch, even enchilada) for dipping. Enjoy!

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