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Stuffing Sausage Balls are an easy appetizer with all of the flavors of the season. Cheese, sausage, bacon, and stuffing are rolled together for one perfect bite!

Stuffing Sausage Balls appetizer for New Year's eveStuffing Sausage Balls

The holidays have a lot of big family meals where everyone gets together and celebrates, and I love that, but what I look forward to the most are the small little gatherings that take place between the big events. The little gatherings of friends where we play games, exchange gifts, and eat simple finger foods, like these amazing Stuffing Sausage Balls.

ingredients to make Stuffing Sausage Balls

The big events during the holidays are so much fun, but they can be kind of stressful, so for these smaller get-togethers I try to keep it simple. I serve bite-sized appetizers that are quick and easy to make like my Stuffing Sausage Balls. I can buy all of my ingredients on my weekly trip to Giant Foods and the recipe uses a few simple hacks that take all of the pressure off of me. Not to mention they are totally delicious!!

What You’ll Need to Make Stuffing Sausage Balls:

  • Jimmy Dean®Refrigerated – Roll Sausage – This sausage is perfect for breakfast, appetizers, and main dishes. It’s fresh, high-quality pork sausage made with a unique, savory blend of Jimmy Dean® signature spices. You can find it in the refrigerated section of the grocery store.
  • Wright®Brand Hickory Smoked Bacon – You know by now how much I LOVE bacon and this is thick cut, hand-trimmed, with a great wood smoked flavor. You’ll also find this in the refrigerated aisles of your grocery store.
  • Stuffing– These sausage balls can be made with any stuffing. I like to freeze my leftover Apple Pecan Stuffing from Thanksgiving to use to make my Stuffing Sausage Balls. If you don’t have leftovers, you can also use store-bought stuffing. The stuffing will be completely cooked before adding it to the sausage ball mixture.
  • Cheddar Cheese– Everything is better with cheese and these sausage balls are no different. It also helps to bind the sausage balls together.

cocktail party appetizer Stuffing Sausage Balls

How to Make Stuffing Sausage Balls:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Cook the Wright®Brand Hickory Smoked Bacon. Tip: Cook all of your bacon at the same time by cooking it in the oven! Place on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil and bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 15-20 minutes. When you’re done, remove your bacon and let the grease cool on the aluminum foil. Once it solidifies, roll up the foil and throw it away. Easy!
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  4. Combine the Jimmy Dean®Refrigerated – Roll Sausage, fully cooked bacon, fully cooked stuffing, and cheese in a large bowl. Mix until thoroughly combined.
  5. Roll into balls; approximately 1 heaping tablespoon each.
  6. Place sausage balls on prepared baking sheet. Brush sausage balls with olive oil.
  7. Bake for 25 minutes, or until cooked through.

Can You Make Stuffing Sausage Balls Ahead of Time?

Yes! These Stuffing Sausage Balls are so amazing because they not only taste great, but they can also be made ahead of time and frozen. Following the recipe instructions combine all of your ingredients in a bowl and roll the mixture into balls. Then, instead of putting the baking sheet in the oven, place it in the freezer. Let the sausage balls partially freeze (about 30 minutes) and then remove them from the baking sheet and place them in an airtight container. Leave them in the freezer until you are ready to bake them. To bake them, place them on a lined baking sheet, brush with olive oil, and then bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes or until cooked through. 

Stuffing Sausage Balls with bacon

I make a big batch of these Stuffing Sausage Balls right after Thanksgiving (using my leftover stuffing!) and pull them out of the freezer to bake them for the smaller parties, and fun, casual nights celebrating with friends during the holidays. They are always a hit, and they save me so much time, which means I can spend more time enjoying myself!

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make ahead Stuffing Sausage Balls with Jimmy Dean

STUFFING SAUSAGE BALLS
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Servings: 48 ball (.75 oz. each)
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 45 mins

Stuffing Sausage Balls

Stuffing Sausage Balls are an easy appetizer with all of the flavors of the holidays. Cheese, sausage, bacon, and stuffing are rolled together for one perfect bite!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Jimmy Dean Refrigerated - Roll Sausage
  • 8 slices Wright Brand Hickory Smoked Bacon, cooked and diced
  • 6 ounces Stuffing, cooked
  • 4 cups Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons Olive oil

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Line baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Combine sausage, cooked bacon, stuffing, and cheese in a large bowl. Mixing until thoroughly combined.
  • Roll into balls, approximately 1 heaping tablespoon each.
  • Place sausage balls on prepared baking sheet. Brush sausage balls with olive oil.
  • Bake for 25 minutes, or until cooked through.
Nutrition Disclaimer: We are not certified nutritionists. Nutrition facts are an estimate and are provided as a courtesy. They are generated by an online API which recognizes ingredient names and amounts and makes calculations based on the serving size. Results may vary.
Author: Kat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: holiday appetizer, sausage balls