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Jimmy Dean Sausage Balls (No Mix!)

Jimmy Dean Sausage Balls (No Mix!)

Jimmy Dean sausage balls are a blast from my past. I think I learned how to make them in Home Ec class. Of course, making them back then, I used Bisquick baking mix. It seemed most recipes started with Bisquick. Living in Canada it is not quite as ubiquitous as it is in the South and I prefer to make things from scratch when I can.

I have been looking for things I can pack in Evan’s lunch that he will eat and that have protein in them. As the school year draws to a close, he has gotten progressively pickier. It is driving me NUTS! After he determined that he was friends OFF with pita chips and hummus (our last available lunch option), I decided to pull out the big guns.

What is a big gun, you ask?

Jimmy Dean Sausage - Merry About Town

Why Jimmy Dean of course! An explanation….for my Alabama friends….we can’t get Jimmy Dean here in Canada. For my Canadian friends, this is the BEST breakfast sausage EVER. Dewey went to Montana last week and bought me $75 worth of sausage. He is my favorite. Now, if you don’t have Jimmy Dean, do not fear. You can still make sausage balls. They just won’t be as good as Jimmy Dean sausage balls. Sorry. And no, you can not have part of our stash.

Anyway….back to the post. I whipped up a batch of these delicious Sausage and Cheese Balls tonight before our Stampede Parking meeting and they were a BIG hit. So much so that I think I will be making another batch this week. Yep, they are THAT good. One other thing….they freeze beautifully. Make a big batch, freeze them in a big Ziploc and thaw a few in the microwave as you need them.

Jimmy Dean Sausage Balls (No Mix!)

Sausage and Cheddar Balls - Merry About Town

Jimmy Dean Sausage Balls (No Mix!)

Yield: 30
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Love sausage balls but hate using a mix? Well here is a recipe for delicious sausage and cheese balls from scratch! A southern favorite!


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp seasoning salt
  • 1/4 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 3 cups shredded old cheddar
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan
  • 1 pound pork sausage, uncooked
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl until mixed (using your hands works best).
  3. Roll tablespoonfuls into balls with your hands and place on the lined baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes until golden brown.
  5. Serve immediately or store in an air tight container.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 30
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 129Saturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 270mgCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 6g


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Thursday 27th of February 2020

You dont cook up the sausage before making the balls? You mix it in raw?

Merry Kuchle

Thursday 27th of February 2020

Yep! Mix it in raw!

Cynthia Camp

Monday 24th of December 2018

Jimmy Dean has always been my preferred sausage, too. These sausage balls turned out very good. For me they were a little salty. I would leave out or reduce the seaon salt next time. Thanks for the from scratch recipe!

Merry Kuchle

Wednesday 26th of December 2018

Glad you enjoyed them! Salt is such a personal thing, it is hard to judge what people will like. Definitely adjust to your taste.

Liz Ross

Saturday 5th of December 2015

Do you think these would be good made from hot italian sausage?

Merry Kuchle

Saturday 5th of December 2015

I do! I think any sausage would work as long as it wasn't super low fat.

Natasha in Oz

Thursday 19th of June 2014

That looks really great-I've shared this on Pinterest. I wish we had that product here in Australia!

Thanks so much for linking up to the Say G'day Saturday linky party. Hope you can join us again this weekend!

Best wishes, Natasha in Oz

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