This was another exceptional Pinterest find. I am always on the lookout for easy but tasty ideas I can make for fast dinners, or have a around as snacks. Since cranberries are currently in season and very easy to find I picked some up as well as the sausage, and made them for dinner one night last week.
For 3 days last week I ate the leftovers as breakfast- which I loved.
Here is the recipe I used below, and here is the original.
What you need:
- 1 lbs sweet Italian Sausage
- 1/3 cup fresh cranberries, chopped
- 1 cup grated white Cheddar cheese
- 2 tbsp minced shallots
- 1 tbsp dijon mustard
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- Preheat your oven to 350 & line a baking sheet with foil
- Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl. You can do this using a spatula or your hands (I recommend the spatula) – until fully incorporated
- Roll the mixture into balls, place on baking sheet
- Bake for 25 minutes
I have one huge recommendations: use pomegranate versus cranberries. With cranberries you get a savory and sour taste rather than sweet and savory.
This recipe makes about 24 balls, and as I said above I took my to work for several days to eat for breakfast, and I really liked it- it was a nice change up from eggs.
Nutrition Facts (for 1 ball)
7 g of Fat
3 g of Saturated Fat
19 mg of Cholesterol
265 mg of Sodium
10 mg of Potassium
3 g of Carbohydrates
5 g of Protein
As I said – made a big batch of these, and would eat a couple for my breakfast, and would a few for snacks. I also recommend when you go to the store asking your butcher about the leanest cut of sausage you can get. When I went to the grocery store they didn’t have the sweet sausage so I opted for a plainer variety.
I really enjoyed this and will definitely be making them again (with pomegranate vs cranberries). I ate them both cold and warm, and liked them either way. These would also be great for entertaining/appetizers- which was kind of what was recommended in the original recipe/blog post, and I agree. Overall this is a simple and pretty versatile recipe, that is probably not the “cleanest” eat but also not that “unclean” either.
What are some of your favorite recipes?