SAUSAGE BALLS ARE A FAVORITE AT OUR HOUSE. HERE IS MY FAVORITE LOW CARB VERSION OF THE TRADITIONAL SAUSAGE BALL.
WHY MAKE LOW CARB SAUSAGE BALLS
I have found that for my husband and myself as we age eating to many carbs is just not kind to us. We both feel so much better when we purposefully chose our carbs more carefully. Since this is the case, in order to eat some of our traditional favorites I have to come up with a low carb versions of our favorite recipes.
I do still have teen boys living at home so I totally cook the regular version also but for us low carb it is.
SAUSAGE BALLS ARE DELICIOUS ANY TIME OF THE DAY
That’s right you can eat these sausage balls for breakfast, lunch or dinner. They also make a great appetizer or party food. They make a great healthy savory snack too. When you have some of these sausage balls cooked in the fridge you have a grab and go meal or quick snack within easy reach.
YOU CAN MAKE SAUSAGE BALLS AHEAD OF TIME AND FREEZE THEM
I like to make these on the weekend and have them for the whole next week. They are a quick breakfast for my husband that he can grab and eat on the way to work. I usually let my sausage balls cool after baking them. I then place them in a container and leave them in the refrigerator if I know we will be eating them during the week. If for some reason I don’t think we need all of them, I just put them in a freezer container and stick them in the freezer. They are still easy to take out of the freezer, thaw and reheat.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED TO MAKE SAUSAGE BALLS
- 1-1 1/2 pound of bulk sausage, your favorite seasonings if your sausage is not preseasoned.
- 8 oz of cheese
- 2 eggs
- Trim Healthy Mama baking blend —– or you can substitute equal parts of almond flour and oat fiber. ( I prefer the baking blend for the best flavor.)
Note: If you follow Trim Healthy Mama these are an S.
CHOOSE YOUR INGREDIENTS
The choices that you make for your sausage ball ingredients will make a difference in the way they taste so you might want to change it up and experiment to see what you like the best.
For example there are so many different flavored sausages like maple, italian, breakfast, green onion, jalapeño. All of these will work to make sausage balls but the flavor will be very different.
The flavor of the cheese you use will also make a difference. Some like a sharp cheddar while other prefer a milder cheese. If you like it spicy you might prefer a pepper jack.
I feel like this is a very versatile recipe that you can change to fit your own taste. I typically use a homemade sausage and a white cheddar cheese for mine.
I have also used both pork sausage and a venison and beef sausage, both worked well so even though I haven’t tried them, I believe that a chicken or turkey sausage would also work for this recipe.
TIPS FOR MAKING LOW CARB SAUSAGE BALLS
- Grate your own cheese from a block. If you use shredded cheese it will make your sausage balls dry.
- Don’t completely drain your sausage.
- Use a pan with a lip around it when baking to prevent grease from spilling in your oven.
- Line your pan with parchment paper to make clean up much easier.
- Try to make all of your sausage balls close to the same size so that they will cook evenly. You can also use a small scoop to do this.
HOW TO MAKE THESE SAUSAGE BALLS
- First cook your sausage and break up into very small pieces.
- After the sausage is cooked, grate cheese and mix well with the sausage, breaking it up also.
- Next add the baking blend and mix with the sausage and cheese.
- Add the 2 eggs and mix well.
- Begin working the mixture together with your hands (I like to wet my hands before doing this) and begin forming the mixture into balls.
- Place the sausage balls on the parchment lined baking pan.
- Place in preheated 350 degree oven and bake for 18-20 minutes or longer, depending on your oven and how crispy you want them to be.
You might also like: Homemade Venison Jerky
Low Carb Sausage Balls
- 1 lb seasoned breakfast sausage if using unseasoned sausage, use your favorite seasoing to season your own.
- 8 oz cheddar cheese grated
- 1/2 cup Trim Healthy Mama Baking Blend or a mix of almond flour and oat fiber may need a little more at the end
- 2 eggs
- Brown sausge, breaking up into small pieces
- After sausage is cooked, transfer to a mixing bowl leaving some of the fat from the meat.
- Add grated cheddar cheese and mix well with the sausage
- Add 1/2 cup of baking blend. mix well
- Add two eggs and mix well. You may need to use your hands for the final mixture. I find that wetting my hands first makes it easier to mix and form the sausage balls without it sticking to my hands. If you find that your mixture seems to "wet" at this point you can sprinkle a little extra baking blend into the mixture.
- Form mixture into bite size balls, try to be consistant in the size you make them so they will all cook evenly.
- Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 18-20 minutes