Just a few weeks ago, we were traveling in the RV from Michigan to Florida. One of our overnight stops was in Sweetwater Tennessee at the Grain Bin Commodities Bakery. The morning we left, we bought a few tasty things to snack on in the truck for breakfast.
One of those delicious treats was a Cheddar Sausage Ball that had just come out of the oven. It was Ian's favorite thing, and Alli's second favorite. I told Ian, "You know, we can make those at home too?"
Ian - Really? We should do that!
We arrived in Florida and waited for the perfect time to make them. Today there's a little chill in the air and it has been raining all night. I think a nice warm breakfast like Cheddar Sausage Balls would be perfect!
As soon as the kids woke up, I recruited them to help out putting everything together. They are great helpers.
The recipe I'm using calls for flour, baking powder, salt, sharp cheddar, cream cheese, and sausage. Pretty simple!
Alli is measuring out 2 cups of flour, while Ian added a tablespoon of baking powder.
We're guestimating and adding a half teaspoon of salt as well.
Next we sifted everything together a couple times to mix things up.
The kids and I grated about 6 ounces of sharp cheddar into a bowl.
Ian opened a package of cream cheese, while I opened the package of sausage.
A stand mixer would have been perfect, but there's no room for it in the RV. Let's get our hands dirty.
Actually, let's all get our hands dirty!
Next we added in the cheddar cheese and mixed things up again until everything came together into a giant loaf. I bet that would be tasty to bake too!
I made a sausage ball as an example of how big we were looking for, and then the three of us got to work rolling the dough into balls.
It made a whole bunch of sausage balls! Besides these, there's 22 more! Our recipe made 37 balls!
These cooked at 350F for about 20 minutes. I probed the inside of one with my thermometer to make sure they were above the 160F cooking point for ground pork. They're good to go! Let's eat them!
These look delicious! Not good for you, but sure to be tasty!
And they were! Ian and Alli had 4 each (along with a giant plate of fruit that T cut up).
The rest of them I froze, so we'll see how they bake up from frozen on another morning.
How do they compare to the Grain Bin Commodities Cheddar Sausage Balls?
I think ours are almost as good. Theirs are a bit smaller, lighter in color, but had a stronger sausage flavor. They also cost 75 cents each.
I'm going to make a few changes the next time we make these.
1. Use the regular shred size for the cheese instead of the super-fine shred. We want bigger cheddar pieces.
2. Add additional seasonings or use Hot Sausage to kick up the flavor.
3. Bake at a lower temperature to give it a lighter overall color.
These larger sausage balls only cost 19 cents each to make.
The kids had a great time making these and it's a breakfast the kids want to repeat!
That was a fun, tasty breakfast to make together...Ian & Alli got a chance to be kitchen helpers again...kids usually like to get their hands "into things" :-) Ian & Alli are looking with lots of anticipation as the Cheddar Sausage balls are baking...thinking, "hurry up!" :-) Already looks like you have ideas to make the Cheddar Sausage balls even better next time (I'm sure Grain Bin Commodities did a bunch of experimentation before being satisfied with the final result, too). Great breakfast-making time together! EOMReplyDelete
This makes us so happy to see! Inspiring memories or inspiring others to create memories is what we are all about! Hope you all will stop in again sometime!ReplyDelete
Thanks Callie! We loved our stay there! The kids loved all your animals. We'll definitely make our way back over there in the future.Delete
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