Easy recipe for bisquick cream cheese sausage balls – only 4 ingredients! They're cheesy, savory, & delicious, with rich flavors.
My Go-To Holiday Recipe
Doesn't every family have one of those tried-and-true holiday recipes? Today, I thought I'd share my absolute favorite!
On holidays, one of my time-saving secrets is to have a super easy, make-ahead recipe for breakfast. Nobody wants to be working in the kitchen on a holiday like Easter or Christmas, when you're supposed to be enjoying time with your family. So, the night before a big holiday, I prep a make-ahead recipe that I can pop in the oven for everyone in the family.
My absolute go-to recipe for this is Bisquick Cream Cheese Sausage Balls. These are incredibly easy to prep ahead of time for a delicious, crowd-pleasing holiday breakfast. I make these so often that my kids have started expecting them on Easter and Christmas. One Christmas, the sausage I purchased was out of date and I didn't notice it until Christmas Eve night. My daughter was devastated when we didn't have sausage balls the next morning. 😂
We rarely have leftovers of this recipe – they're addictive. The flavors of cheese and sausage are phenomenal together. It's so easy to prep a big baking sheet of them the night before and bake in the oven while you're spending time with family on a holiday morning. All you have to do the day of is preheat an oven and put the pan in…it doesn't get easier than that! And these are amazing as a breakfast, brunch, snack, or even appetizer for a party.
If you happen to have leftovers (we rarely do!), simply store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days after cooking. They reheat very well in the microwave in 30 second increments.
And yes, they can be frozen too! Bake them as instructed and put in the freezer for an even quicker breakfast in the future. Just thaw and warm when ready to eat. Make sure to store in an airtight container, whether you're freezing or saving leftover sausage balls in the fridge to eat later. The smells can easily mingle with other foods (which, trust me, isn't a good combination).
This is a great recipe to tweak to make your own. A few popular variations…
- Use Italian sausage instead of breakfast sausage
- Change up the cheeses! Instead of sharp cheddar cheese, you could use gouda, gruyere, parmesan, mozzarella, or colby jack.
- Add unique elements like sun-dried tomatoes.
- Add spices to really take the flavor to the next level! Garlic powder, onion powder, cajun seasoning, or oregano would be great additions.
See this recipe in action with the video below! Not a video fan? You can find the step-by-step printable recipe card below that.
Bisquick Cream Cheese Sausage Balls
- 1 lb hot pork sausage not cooked
- 8 oz cream cheese softened to room temperature
- 1 cup Bisquick baking mix can substitute 1 cup all purpose flour + 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 cups 8 oz sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
- Mix together sausage and cream cheese in a large bowl. Pour dry mixture (either Bisquick or flour/baking powder) into sausage and knead together. Add cheese and continue kneading until a dough forms, folding the remaining dry ingredients at the bottom of the bowl into the dough.
- Roll pieces of dough into 1-inch balls (a melon ball or cookie scoop is very helpful for messing these out). Place about 1" apart on a greased or lined baking sheet (can use silicone, foil, or parchment paper). At this point, put in the refrigerator until ready to bake if needed.
- Bake in a 375 degree preheated oven for about 35 minutes, until outside of balls start to brown and inside is cooked through.
- Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
- If freezing, bake according to directions and freeze in an airtight container. When ready to serve, simply thaw and warm!
- This recipe is great for a holiday breakfast – simply prep the night before and pop in the oven when ready to serve!
Try Bisquick Cream Cheese Sausage Balls are the perfect little bites for your next holiday or event – I promise they'll be a hit!