Need a yummy recipe to make for a Christmas party? Make these easy party sausage ball appetizers.

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Sausage and Cheese Balls
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When you’re wanting to make a finger food for a holiday party, these sausage and cheese balls make the perfect recipe. They’re easiest to do when you prepare them in steps:

  1. Mix ingredients the night before.
  2. Morning of party, bake.
  3. Keep warm in a slow cooker.

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I attended my family’s annual Christmas party and brought my mother’s broccoli-corn dressing side dish, my chocolate dump cake brownies, and these sausage ball appetizers then picked up sliced beef and links from a local barbecue restaurant.

Seasonal allergies, a sinus infection, and ear infection had knocked me into slow mode with mega headaches. So I desperately needed the easiest recipes to bring to the Christmas party.

Make Sausage Ball Appetizers with Biscuit Mix

Apparently, the sausage ball appetizer recipe is on a Bisquick box according to info from my cousin. However, I had a Pioneer brand that didn’t include the recipe. But I came up with my own version.

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Sausage balls
Sausage Balls

Sausage Balls

Easy sausage balls made with biscuit mix

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword snacks
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 18
Author Angie


  • 3 Cups Pioneer Buttermilk Biscuit Mix
  • 2 lb Jimmy Dean pork sausage
  • 2 Tbsp Milk
  • 1 8-Oz. bag Four-cheese Mexican shredded cheese
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Santa Fe Seasons Six Seasonings


  1. Empty sausage into a large mixing bowl and mash the meat with a fork.

  2. Pour the biscuit mix in with the sausage and blend well with a spoon.

  3. Add milk and mix well.

  4. Add the seasoning.

  5. Shape into small to medium-size balls.

  6. Arrange the sausage balls (spaced apart so they aren’t touching), onto two large cookie sheets lined with parchment paper.

  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

  8. If taking to a party, keep the sausage balls warmed in a slow cooker.

Recipe Notes

3 sausage balls = 1 serving

Calories are estimated. 

Keep the sausage balls warm in a slow cooker that is turned on warm or low during the party.

My hubby liked the sausage balls better than the sliced barbecue beef we bought. And like always, relatives filled up the counters with family favorite side dishes and desserts. You had to cut your slice of our family’s most famous chocolate meringue pie right away. Or else, you wouldn’t get a piece.

Plastic or Extra Party Serving Utensils

I suggest bringing plastic serving utensils or extras as well as throw-away foil containers that you won’t miss in case they get washed and put with someone else’s dishes.

Once at a family Christmas event, my pie and cake servers did not make it home with me. I didn’t realize it until I got home.

A couple of family members had been gracious to wash dishes and help clean up at the party. However, when I gathered my pie and cake containers, my nice serving utensils were nowhere to be found.

Unfortunately, the pie server had been my mother’s. I asked several cousins if somehow the two utensils had mistakenly been put with their things. Still, no one ever found them. It’s a mystery to me.

I did learn a valuable lesson that day – never bring sentimental or expensive serving dishes or utensils to a party – even if it’s to a family event. They might go missing in the rush of cleaning up and distributing everyone’s dishes. So keep cake and pie servers (the kind that you won’t mind if they get lost) on hand that you can take to potlucks.

Old Favorites or New Recipes

What are annual favorites of your family’s go-to holiday party foods? Do you prefer old favorites or new recipes?

Favorite recipes made by mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and cousins often show up at yearly reunions. It seems like no one else can make their recipes exactly as they do. They have a knack of adding a pinch of this or that to put their special signature on the recipes.

But invariably, new side dishes and desserts show up to blend in with the old favorites. And we continue family traditions, reminiscing together over delicious potluck dishes, some old, some new.

Enjoy your Christmas and New Year family fun, and savor the holiday food specialties, old favorites or new.


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