During the holidays appetizers are one of my favorite things to make. Well, I like making desserts too but appetizers are always easy.
Over the years I’ve experimented with different flavors and recipes but one we always go back to is the Sausage Cheddar Bites. Cheese is a favorite no matter what form it’s in. But these aren’t just a holiday appetizer. We like to make them for lunches, use them as the meatballs for a spaghetti dinner or even chop them up and serve them with scrambled eggs for breakfast. You could even shape them into patties for a breakfast sandwich.
I use to throw all the ingredients in a bowl and then dig in with my hands to mix it all up but really, that’s about the grossest feeling in the world. I kind of had a duh! moment when I made them for lunch and realized my KitchenAid stand mixer could be doing the work for me. The paddle attachment and a low speed gets the ingredients combined in less than a minute and your hands stay clean.
I also found that the Silpat makes clean-up easier. I use to just bake them on a cookie sheet but the bottoms would burn and make a grease mess on my sheet. They bake quite nicely on this mat and never burn.
- 3 cups Bisquick
- 1 pound uncooked mild pork sausage
- 4 cups shredded Sharp Cheddar cheese
- ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- ½ cup whole milk
- 1 teaspoon parsley flakes
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Mix all ingredients in a stand mixer with the paddle attachment on low for one minute.
- Roll into one balls and space an inch apart on a baking sheet lined with parchment or a Silpat mat.
- Bake for 25 minutes.