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    These gluten-free sausage balls are made with ground sausage, almond flour, pepper jack cheese, egg, and spices. They are an easy peasy appetizer that tastes amazing! Served with jam or your favorite sauce, they make the perfect appetizer for a party or any time you want to serve finger food.

    Gluten Free Sausage Balls

    Make Ahead Appetizer

    They are very easy and simple to make. You can make them ahead of time, freeze them, and then thaw and bake the day you are ready to eat. I make these when having guests over, and they are always a huge hit and don’t last very long.

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    Gluten-Free Sausage Balls

    When I entertain at my house, I love to serve delicious & easy to make finger food. Since I try to eat gluten-free, I have developed a gluten-free recipe for sausage balls. Everybody loves them, and they can’t tell they are gluten-free. It has only four main ingredients and spices, but it has so much flavor. Everyone tells me they taste fantastic! Instead of flour, I use almond meal, which is a great substitute in this recipe. I also found Borden® Cheese Southwest Pepper Jack Singles at my local Walmart and used it in this recipe. Use this store locator to find where you can purchase Borden® Cheese near you. I loved that the cheese was soft, ooey-gooey and made the sausage balls really fluffy and light. They have a variety of products and flavors of cheeses. Can’t wait to try more of their products. Check out their products here.

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    These gluten-free sausage balls are guaranteed to make you the most popular hostess around. They taste like comfort food that hugs you. With every bite, your guests will be able to tell how much love you put into them. And you will be able to see that feeling of happiness in the smiles of your guests. When you cook with love, you are providing nourishment made with your own hands, and using your own imagination and creativity. Cooking for someone is one of the most personal things you could do for them. I love cooking because it provides an opportunity to share special family moments and to show your friends and family how much you care about them. If you cook for people you are doing it because you love them, and are putting something of your soul into the prepared dishes. The cooked food is made with love, and love is always the most important ingredient for the best food anywhere in the world. My grandma used to tell me when she was teaching me how to cook that food made with love tastes the best. I hope your family moments around the table and in the kitchen are filled with love and made uniquely special by the love that goes into Borden® Cheese.

    gluten-free sausage balls

    I love having parties to watch my favorite sporting events, so I am sharing with you a great appetizer for your party menu. For a step-by-step tutorial how to make these sausage balls check out the video below.

    If you are throwing a party or like entertaining family and friends at home, you are probably going to set up a casual buffet. Here are my essential tips for how to take your buffet from good to great.

    gluten-free sausage balls

    5 Tips on Setting Up a Great Party Buffet

      1. Put drinks on a separate table from the food – this helps people spread out more evenly throughout a large space. Also, don’t forget that placing the drinks closer to the kitchen will be more convenient for you as a hostess if you have to refill a coffee pot or a jug of water. Plus, it is more convenient for people to fill their cups without going through the buffet line.
      1. Place plates at the front of your buffet table and cutlery and napkins at the end.  – This is obvious and makes it easier for people to fill their plates and carry them. No need to pick up the cutlery and napkins at the beginning of the food line.
      1. Place plates, platters, and bowls on varying heights. – I remember this trick from our wedding. The caterer placed the trays of food on different levels instead of just putting them on the table, and suddenly the table looked fabulous. This easy trick will make your party table look gorgeous. If you place all the food at the same level, it will look boring. Not that this matters when there is delicious food on the table. It’s just a simple trick that can make your party table more festive and fun.
      1. Put multiple stacks of everything – Don’t forget to place napkins not only at the end of the food table, but make sure to also include them at the drinks table, on the tables where people will eat, or anywhere where people will have an easy access to them so they are easy to grab. The same goes for cutlery.
    1. Relax and enjoy the party – This is the best tip for hosting a great party. Enjoy the time with your friends and family. It can be hard to relax when you want everything to be perfect and make sure your guests feel welcome and have everything they need, but hardly ever everything goes the way you planned it. Instead, just relax and enjoy the food and good company.

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    I hope you try my gluten-free sausage balls for your next party and that my tips help you make it a success!

    What is your favorite appetizer to serve when entertaining or hosting a party?

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    Gluten-Free Sausage Balls

    These gluten free sausage balls are made with ground sausage, almond flour, pepper jack cheese, egg, and spices. They are an easy peasy appetizer that tastes amazing!
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time 25 minutes
    Total Time 35 minutes
    Servings 36
    Calories 108kcal


    • 2 cups almond meal
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1/2 tsp black pepper
    • 2 tsp baking powder
    • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
    • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
    • 1 egg, beaten
    • 12 oz Borden® Cheese Southwest Pepper Jack Singles
    • 1 lb pastured pork sausage


    • 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. 


    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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    February 20, 2017

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    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.


    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!


    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.


    “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!


    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! 🙂


    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!


    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.


    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!


    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.


    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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