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Old 12-15-2012, 11:09 AM
 
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I am considering making sausage balls for a party I am attending tonight. I've looked up a few recipes (including here on PT) and I am trying to figure out - should the sausage be cooked ahead of mixing into the cheese and Bisquick or not?

I see the baking time is about 20 min. which seems a tad short for sausage (I am always wary of uncooked pork). But to cook it ahead and the mix it in and then bake it - that seems like it might be too much cooking!


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Old 12-15-2012, 11:10 AM
 
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No, use raw sausage. It will cook completely. I promise.
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Yes, the meat is raw. The trick is to make sure that you make small balls. That way they do get cooked through in the allotted time.

This is the recipe I always use and they turn out great.

http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/...9-743fd880486f
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Old 12-15-2012, 11:51 AM
 
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I actually cook my sausage and thenadd the cheese to melt and then mix with all of the other ingredients. Then, they don't take so long to cook and they are sooo good. If they are dry and hard to make balls, add a little water to make the consistency easier to handle.
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them! they were very easy but just tooo dry and didn't have much flavor. I used the Paula Deen recipe. Not going to make them again. I may try the Betty Crocker one tho. those look and sound more yummy!


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Old 12-15-2012, 12:38 PM
 
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I cook the sausage first until almost done (slight pink spots here and there). Those spots that aren't done cook completely in the oven.
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I'm particular about meat being done too, and I made sausage balls once. The timing was just right from the recipe, I believe 20 minutes. I agree, don't make them too large. Also, you can add time to them if you want. I recommend using a meat thermometer to check the center temperature to make you feel more comfortable.
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Thanks for the advice.... I made them and they didn't turn out great. I don't think I will be trying again. Good thing I had a backup app to bring (no fail pesto dip!)
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Old 12-16-2012, 10:25 AM
 
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Wow- I've never had any problem making them. And every one thinks they are the bomb- what recipe did you use? what kind of sausage?

I just use sausage, bisquick and cheese (can't remember if an egg is in it or not, don't think so....) I've made them with sage sausage, smoked sausage, and chorizo.
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