These Spicy Sausage Balls are incredibly easy to make, and they’re a favorite party appetizer! In fact, they’re so good you might want to make a double batch!
Cocktail parties are one of my favorite things about the holidays. Seriously. I love a good appetizer. In fact, it’s not unheard of around our house to have appetizers for dinner during the holiday season. Fill a plate with a bunch of little bites and turn it into a quick and easy meal by the fire. These Spicy Sausage Balls are one of my favorite holiday appetizers.
My mother has been making these tasty treats ever since I was a little boy. Each year, we’d host a holiday cocktail party, and I always knew I could count on seeing these delicious Spicy Sausage Balls in the kitchen!
And my cocktail of choice when nibbling on this appetizer? Sparkling wine. Yup, sparkling wine. Believe it or not, a sweeter sparkling wine like Freixenet’s new Sweet Cuvée pairs quite well with the spiciness in these sausage balls. Talk about a fun and delicious way to celebrate the holidays!
Freixenet (pronounced “fresh-eh-net”) has been a long-time favorite when it comes to sparkling wines in our house. The “black bottle bubbly” Cordon Negro is one of their more well-known varieties, and it’s bright citrus flavors make it a great sparkling wine for a variety of occasions…including holiday cocktail parties!
Freixenet’s Sweet Cuvée is a newer, slightly sweeter variety that works well as a dessert drink. But surprisingly, I found that the Sweet Cuvée also works great when paired with spicier foods. I’m not usually a fan of sweeter wines, but I was pleasantly surprised by the Sweet Cuvée. It was sweet, but not too sweet at all, and it tasted great next to these Spicy Sausage Balls! (My next adventure is to try it with pizza…I suspect the acidity from the tomato sauce will be a great partner to this sparkling wine.)
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Freixenet. The opinions and text are all mine.
Spicy Sausage Balls
- 3 cups all-purpose baking mix
- 3 cups sharp cheddar cheese grated
- 16 oz. hot breakfast sausage (bulk) uncooked
- In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly.
- Shape the mixture into 1" balls and place on a parchment-lined sheet pan. (Tip: If the mixture is too cold to shape, just microwave it for about 15 seconds.)
- Bake at 400°F for 20-22 minutes, or until light golden brown in color.