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    These gluten-free sausage balls are an easy appetizer that tastes amazing! They are perfect for entertaining or a get-together.

    sausage balls (gluten-free) with raspberry chili dip

    When I entertain at my house, I love to serve delicious & easy to make finger food. Since I try to eat gluten-free, I am sharing my gluten-free recipe for sausage balls. Everybody loves them!

    These sausage cheese balls are perfectly seasoned and have so much flavor and they are so easy to make! Serve them as part of a platter with your favorite dips and spreads.

    For more finger food appetizers, be sure to try my Classic Deviled Eggs and Smoked Salmon Cucumber Bites.

    Why you will love these low carb sausage balls

    • Keto & low carb: These sausage balls are made without Bisquick. They are made with almond flour instead. 5 simple ingredients and seasonings.
    • Easy to make: Quick to prep, simply mix the ingredients together, roll into balls, and bake. So effortless!
    • Make ahead: These are a great make-ahead appetizer and they are also freezer friendly.
    • Simple ingredients: With just four main ingredients and a few spices, this is a great budget-friendly recipe that’s sure to please!
    sausage ball recipe served with dip

    Ingredients

    To make this sausage ball recipe, you will need the following ingredients:

    • Almond meal: To help absorb any moisture and to make these sausage balls gluten-free.
    • Egg: To help bind the ingredients together.
    • Cheddar cheese: For best results shred the cheese yourself.
    • Pork sausage: I use pastured pork sausage.
    • Baking powder: Baking powder helps to give these balls a light texture.
    • Seasonings: Salt, pepper, garlic powder, and dried rosemary.
    ingredients for gluten free sausage balls

    How to make sausage balls

    • Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl. Using your hands, mix all ingredients until mixture comes together.
    • Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 
    • Roll the mixture into 36 1-inch balls and place on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for about 25 minutes until golden brown, turning them halfway through. Cool for 5 minutes and serve. 
    how to make sausage balls

    Can you make them ahead of time?

    These sausage and cheese balls are a great make-ahead appetizer. You can mix the sausage, roll it into balls, and then keep them covered in the fridge for a day. The following day, proceed with the baking as directed. You can also refrigerate the sausage mixture before rolling it into balls.

    Can you freeze sausage balls?

    You can freeze the sausage balls when they are raw, and then thaw and bake the day you are ready to eat them. They will keep frozen for up to 3 months. You can also freeze cooked sausage balls and they will keep for about 3 – 6 months as well.

    sausage cheese balls recipe with dips

    How long do they keep?

    Once cooked, these keto sausage balls will keep well, covered in the fridge for 3 to 4 days. They are safe to eat cold as they are fully cooked, or you can heat them through in the oven at 350 F. Cover them with foil so that the outsides don’t over brown.

    How do you serve them?

    These sausage balls are great to serve up as part of a simple buffet with dips, spreads, veggies and all of your other favorite finger foods.

    If you have leftovers, you can stir them into a simple pasta sauce and serve over spaghetti for a yummy main meal.

    easy sausage balls served with dip

    Dips for Sausage Balls

    I love to serve these easy sausage balls with my favorite dips. The raspberry chili and apricot chili dips are made with sweet chili sauce. They are slightly spicy but not too much.

    • Honey Mustard Dip: 2/3 cup mayo, 3 Tbsp Dijon mustard, 3 Tbsp honey, ½ tsp garlic powder, salt, and pepper
    • Raspberry Chili Dip (pictured): 1/2 cup raspberry jam & 1/2 cup sweet chili sauce
    • Apricot Chili Dip (pictured): 1/2 cup apricot jam & 1/2 cup sweet chili sauce

    Recipe Notes and Tips

    • Don’t use pre-shredded cheese, shred your own for best results.
    • If your mixture seems dry, add a bit of milk to moisten
    • You can mix the sausage quickly using a hand mixer, or by hand. All of the ingredients should be well combined.
    • Use a scoop to make preparation easy.

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    Gluten-Free Sausage Balls

    These gluten-free sausage balls are an easy appetizer that tastes amazing! They are perfect for entertaining or a get-together.
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time 25 minutes
    Total Time 35 minutes
    Servings 36 sausage balls
    Calories 108kcal

    INGREDIENTS

    INSTRUCTIONS

    • Add all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Using your hand mix all ingredients until mixture comes together.
    • Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 
    • Roll the mixture into 36 1-inch balls and place on prepared baking sheet. Bake for about 25 minutes until golden brown, turning them halfway through. Cool for 5 minutes and serve. 

    TIPS & NOTES

    • You can mix the sausage quickly using a hand mixer, or by hand. All of the ingredients should be well combined.
    • I prefer to oven cook these sausage balls, but you can also fry them in a little oil on the stovetop if you prefer.

    NUTRITION

    Calories: 108kcal | Carbohydrates: 1.5g | Protein: 5.7g | Fat: 9.1g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 17.2mg | Sodium: 234.9mg | Sugar: 0.4g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 0.4mg
    Course Appetizer
    Cuisine American

     

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    December 15, 2020

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    Comments

    Amy

    Can you make these without egg?

      Neli | Delicious Meets Healthy

      Hi Amy, I haven’t tried making them without egg. Maybe you can use an egg-substitute.

    Candy

    This recipe sounds delicious! Quick question though, is almond meal the same with blanched almond flour? I can’t wait to make these for our Christmas Day Breakfast!

      Neli | Delicious Meets Healthy

      yes, it’s the same thing! You can use it interchangeably. You will love them! 🙂 They go great with cranberry dip or apricot jam dip. I will have to post those recipes soon.

    Claudia Lamascolo

    5 stars
    I dont think I would be able to stop eating these . They look addictive and totally delicious. I love sausage!

    Lydia

    If you are freezing these, do you bake them first? And how long do you bake them after thawing them ?

      Delicious Meets Healthy

      Hi Lydia,
      You can freeze them raw, then when you are ready to use, thaw them and bake them for 25 minutes.
      Hope you enjoy them!

    Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine

    5 stars
    Neli, I am in awe of you and how much you’ve done on your blog with a new baby in the house! My blog was SO quiet for the first year. And now you’re adding videos? 🙂 This recipe looks amazing.

      Delicious Meets Healthy

      Thanks, Michelle! 🙂 That is very kind of you!
      I do my best to take advantage of his nap times, even though it’s challenging to do videos all together because I am back at work full time.

    nabila

    “Just to say “thank you” We all enjoyed your delicious food and the evening was everything we hoped it would be. Thank you so much.“

    J @ Bless Her Heart Y'all

    5 stars
    I love that these are gluten free for starters! So many meatballs are not. Secondly, these have got to taste so delicious with Borden cheese in the mix. Thirdly, I love that these can be frozen and used at a different time. Perfect for party-planning! Yum yum yum!

    Amanda

    I’ve never tried almond meal in meatballs, and I’m intrigued! I’ve been low-carb’ing, so this would be such a great alternative to bread crumbs with the sausage. Great party tips too for serving a buffet!

      Delicious Meets Healthy

      Thanks, Amanda! You should try them with almond meal, they turned out amazing! 🙂

    Leah

    These sound so easy and perfect for a party! I love that you shared your party tips, great advice, and I can’t wait to make these!

    Donna

    I have never actually had sausage balls – but now I have no idea why!! They sound delicious, and the perfect food for serving to guests, plus I am pretty sure my sausage loving kids would be in heaven if I served these up for dinner! Love the use of the almond meal – I bet that adds a nice flavor twist.

    Jenni

    Oooh these sound like such a great meal! Finger food at its finest!

    Matthew Cetta

    OMG I love your buffet tips. Those are all really smart ideas!

    Michelle

    Those sound delicious – I love finger foods like this (toothpick foods?) #client

      Delicious Meets Healthy

      Thanks, Michelle!! 🙂

    Sarah @ Champagne Tastes

    I’m honestly not sure that I’ve ever eaten a sausage ball, but the husband loves meaty appetizers like this! And I love the almond meal hack- I’m not gluten free but I like to have options for when I’m cooking for someone who doesn’t eat it!

    Lisa | Garlic & Zest

    I haven’t made sausage balls in ages — I’m talking 20 years… but they’re so good. I like the gluten free aspect of your recipe because I have a cousin recently diagnosed with celiac and I’m always looking for ways to accommodate her diet.

    Michele

    I love the sliced cheeses for grilled cheese sandwiches because I love how melty the cheese becomes. Adding it to my sausage meat ball? Brilliant! Cant wait to have this for our TGIF cocktail party!

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