It’s been a while since any new content has shown up here! All three of us have been super busy lately, and when we first started to blog together we made a pact that our attitude towards Three Moms Who Blog would be one of grace… grace for ourselves and each other. If we didn’t have time or inspiration to write… it’s totally fine. So if things look the same for chunks of time, it’s not because we’re dead or gave up; it’s because we have kids and husbands and there’s never enough coffee to go around. 😉
My problem has been that all I can come up with to post these days are recipes. I want more variety to share with you, but the recipes keep coming.
I really like food.
So I’ve been stalling because of that “lack of inspiration” thing, but yesterday I was making these AMAZING sausage balls to stash away for breakfasts this weekend, and I decided it’s actually doing a disservice to humanity to keep them from you. So here they are!
The seed for these sausage balls was planted last year, when for some reason I signed up to take some to a mom’s group I’m in. I’d never made them in my LIFE, so I Googled a recipe, made them, thoroughly loved them, but never made them again. They were made with white flour which meant they weren’t Trim Healthy Mama compatible, so I didn’t want them just hanging around the house haunting me all the time.
But breakfast is hard around here, especially on the mornings when I need to get out the door. Sunday morning breakfast? Forget about it. It’s so stressful to get food into two preschoolers, make sure I eat enough protein that I don’t get hungry during church, and have something my husband can eat on the run because he always waits until the last minute to remember that breakfast is a thing. I used to make pancakes every Sunday morning. In my head, it was a sweet, cozy tradition. On the outside, it looked like me maniacally calling everyone to the table, shoveling food into my mouth, then getting angry when I couldn’t get all the dishes washed before we had to leave.
So a few weeks ago I was pondering this issue and the answer hit me like a meteor falling from the sky (a sausage-ball sized meteor). I looked up quite a few sausage ball recipes from around the internet, but didn’t like what I saw in any of them. They were either made with white flour again, or lacked flavor. So I pieced together the ideal sausage ball; low-carb, sugar free, an “S” for other THMers, and packed with flavor. They are made with almond flour, so they’re pretty calorie dense, and they’re really filling. That means you honestly only need 2-3 for a good breakfast… which is nice, because it makes it even that much faster of a meal!
The best part? They’re versatile… you can plan ahead with these babies. You can make them ahead, freeze them raw, then thaw in the fridge overnight and bake fresh in the morning. You can bake them ahead, freeze them, then either thaw in the fridge or in the microwave. Or you can bake them ahead, don’t freeze them, and just reheat 2-3 each morning for breakfast. They’re seriously good in any of those scenarios.
Start by dumping all your ingredients into a big bowl; you’ve got your sausage, cheese, flour, seasonings, egg and baking powder.
Break the meat up throughout the bowl first so it mixes better, then just combine it all with your hands. Roll up your sleeves and dig in. This can be a very satisfying process.
Then form your dough into balls and place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
I’ve decided the easiest way to do this is to use a cookie scoop; scoop them all at once, then go back and form them into nice balls. This helps keep the raw-meat-germ spreading to a minimum.
I usually get 26 ping-pong sized balls out of one recipe.
Bake them at 375° for about 23 minutes. They get a little bit of yummy crispiness on top, but the insides are soft and delicious. My kids love them. I am a huge fan of how I can grab a few to run out the door with, or even eat them on the go during a busy morning at home. Yesterday, I may have eaten sausage balls with one hand while mixing a cheesecake with the other hand. #priorities.
These things are so good. I promise you want to make them. They’re my new Sunday morning breakfast staple, and they also get used a couple other times throughout the week.
1 lb. breakfast sausage (my favorite is Tennessee Pride, mild)
1 cup almond flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. mineral salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
3/4 tsp. cayenne pepper (pull back a little if you or your people are very sensitive to spice)
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (we like sharp, but this is a personal choice)
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, using your hands to make sure it’s mixed very well. Form ping-pong sized balls and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Bake at 375° for 23-25 minutes.