Carter Cooks: Sausage Balls

Carter Cooks

So this is one of the ultimate Southern potluck foods. It’s perfect for church dinners, basketball games (NCAA championship is tonight!), funerals, and any get together with children. The traditional recipe is bisquick, cheddar cheese, and a pound of sausage. I wanted to try something a little different. Below is a homemade buttermilk biscuit with local sausage, goat cheese and chili powder. I think the creamy texture of the goat cheese really complements the flavorings in the sausage you can get at the market. I hope you enjoy this snack treat. It also freezes well. So think of making a double batch and freezing the second one, if you can get them to last long enough to cool. Another variation would be to substitute feta cheese for the goat cheese. Just something to think about experimenting with!

Sausage balls

From the market


Chili powder

Goat cheese




From your pantry

Baking powder

Baking soda


  1. In a skillet, brown sausage. Drain and set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 350.
  3. Make biscuit dough. In a bowl, whisk together 2 cups of flour, 4 tsp powder, ¼ tsp soda, and a heavy dash of salt. Take 4 tbsp cold butter and mix into the flour mixture with your fingertips. You want to do this quickly and the butter should become pea sized or smaller. Pour in 1 cup cold buttermilk. Mix thoroughly. If the dough appears too wet, add a little flour.
  4. Mix dough, cooked sausage, goat cheese, and spices to taste. I would use about 1 lb of sausage, 8 oz of goat cheese, and 1 tsp of chili powder.  Again, if mixture will not form a ball, add flour. If too dry, add a bit of cold water or buttermilk.
  5. Spoon out bite sized balls onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake for 20-30 minutes, until golden brown and dough is cooked through.

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