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Sausage Balls

I have memories of my mom making Sausage Balls for various Christmas parties and other gatherings growing up.  So when a friend asked everyone to bring a holiday favorite to her Christmas soiree, I dug up this recipe and whipped up a batch.

They were a huge hit! Everyone loved them, and I had several people ask me how I made them. They’re so quick and easy, I just kept reciting the simple recipe over and over:

1 lb ground sausage
1 lb shredded sharp cheddar
2 cups Bisquick

Combine all ingredients. Shape into walnut-sized balls and place on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until cooked through. (Makes 30 balls)

Now, these ingredients are pretty hard to mix together. I really recommend letting the sausage warm up a bit and then using your hands to combine them. Also, it helps to line your pans with parchment paper to avoid sticking.

If you want to, you could bake them on wire racks over baking sheets to drain off some of the grease. (I think they’re perfect how they are, though.)


December 19 at 7:52 pm Leave a comment

Grandma’s Salsa

This was my first time making my own salsa. I’d had some of my grandma’s homemade salsa while at her house over Christmas and loved it, so I got the recipe from her before I left.

This was super easy to make. We found it to be a bit sweet when we made it, so we’ll probably decrease the amount of sugar next time. Also, I’d recommend running the veggies through the food processor a bit before mixing it all together, unless you like really chunky salsa.

1 cup vinegar
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 c salt
2 jalapenos
2 28-oz cans diced tomatoes
1 medium onion
4-5 cloves garlic, minced
Small amount of cinnamon
Cumin to taste (optional)

Combine all ingredients


January 19 at 10:50 pm 1 comment

Mom’s Mexican Casserole

Yup, that’s what it says in my cookbook… “Mom’s Mexican Casserole.” Because this dish is one my mother’s been making for as long as I can remember. It’s one of my comfort foods, and it’s SO easy to make!

This one’s good for a crowd or for lots and lots of leftovers (which is what we did this time around). It’s definitely not the healthiest thing around, but it’s so tasty! 🙂 Pair it with a salad and you’re set.

1.5 lbs ground beef
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can diced tomatoes w/ green chilies, drained
1 pkg taco seasoning mix
2/3 bag tortilla chips
8 oz shredded cheddar

Brown the ground beef. Mix up all ingredients except chips and cheese. Cover a 9×13 pan with half of the chips and spread with half of the mixture. Layer the remaining chips and mixture and top with cheese. Heat at 350° until hot (about 8 minutes).

The unhealthy kicker here is the beef and the cheese. Remember, though, you can do what we did and cut a lot of the fat by using ground turkey instead of ground beef and cheese made with lowfat milk. All the flavor with less fat!

It looks totally gross, but it tastes SOOOOO good!


April 1 at 9:59 pm Leave a comment

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