Recipe for Sourdough Sausage Balls with Dip

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Sourdough Sausage Balls with Dip makes a yummy appetizer and is perfect for a potluck dinner. Or maybe even a wine and cheese tasting party. It’s easy to make and is a great way to use your sourdough starter, something I’m always on the lookout for.

Serving Sausage Balls with Dip as Appetizer

(Post modified on 12/18/23.)

I first made sausage balls using a Bisquick mix (without the sourdough), and they were good, although a little bit dry. That is not the case for this recipe, however, as the sourdough keeps them plenty moist. And please don’t leave out the Horseradish Dip, which shoots these little sausage balls over the moon! It’s so good!

 

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Ingredients for Sourdough Sausage Balls with Dip

(See the full recipe at the bottom of this post.)

  • all-purpose flour
  • baking powder
  • granulated sugar
  • kosher salt
  • dried parsley
  • dried chives
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • pepper jack cheese, grated
  • sourdough starter (unfed)
  • melted butter
  • large eggs
  • ground pork sausage (uncooked)

Horseradish Dip

  • mayonnaise
  • horseradish mustard

 

Instructions for Making this Recipe

Ingredients for this Recipe

Preheat oven to 375F degrees. Gather your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

 

Prepare the Ingredients

Using a box grater, grate the sharp cheddar and pepper jack cheese.

Place the butter in a microwave-safe bowl, and heat just until melted.

 

Make the Sausage Balls

In a large mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, baking powder, granulated sugar, kosher salt, dried parsley and chives, and freshly ground black pepper. Mix well.

Mix Grated Cheese into Flour Mixture

Add in the grated cheddar and pepper jack cheese, and stir to combine.

Add Sourdough and Melted Butter to Mixture

Make a well in the center of the mixture and add the “unfed” sourdough starter and melted butter. Mix well using a blending fork or your fingers.

Add Eggs and Sausage to Mixture

Next add the (uncooked) ground pork sausage and large eggs. Mix in well.

When shopping for ground sausage, I always look for the lowest fat option I can find. I like Oldham’s Country Sausage, which has 16 grams of fat. There’s also William’s Country Sausage that boasts a mere 11 grams, if you can find it. With either of these brands, you won’t sacrifice any flavor, and it’s not necessary to drain the fat after cooking. A real plus!

Form into Balls and Place on Prepared Baking Sheet

Using a spoon or large cookie scoop, form the mixture into 2-inch balls. Drop the balls onto the prepare baking sheet.

Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes until they are dark golden brown. This recipe will make 30-42 balls, depending on the size of your cookie scoop.

Place on a large platter for serving. Serve warm or at room temperature. Refrigerate any leftovers in a covered container, or freeze sausage balls in a freezer bag for up to three months.

 

Prepare the Horseradish Dip

Prepare Horseradish Dip

While the sausage balls are baking, prepare the dip. In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise and horseradish mustard. Mix well.

I’ve also made this dip using mayonnaise plus 3 tablespoons prepared horseradish and 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard. Use whichever ingredients you have in stock. 

Serve Sausage Balls with Horseradish Dip

Place dip in a small serving bowl. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

If you want to provide a variety of dips when serving this recipe as an appetizer, consider barbecue sauce, honey mustard, or ranch dressing. 

Wine Recommendation: Raymond Collection Merlot.

See more Appetizers Here. Browse Sourdough Recipes Here. 

 

Recipe for Sourdough Sausage Balls with Dip

Sourdough Sausage Balls with Dip

This recipe makes a yummy appetizer and is perfect for a potluck dinner. Or maybe even a wine and cheese tasting party. It’s easy to make and is a great way to use your sourdough starter, something I’m always on the lookout for.
Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes
Serving Size 15

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Ingredients 

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon chopped dried chives
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 oz sharp cheddar cheese (grated)
  • 8 oz pepper jack cheese (grated)
  • 1/2 cup sourdough starter (unfed)
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 pound ground pork sausage (uncooked)

Horseradish Dip

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 4 tablespoons horseradish mustard

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375F degrees. Gather your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table.
    Line a sheet pan with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

Prepare the Ingredients

  • Using a box or hand grater, grate the sharp cheddar and pepper jack cheese.
  • Place the butter in a microwave-safe bowl, and heat just until melted.

Make the Sausage Balls

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, baking powder, granulated sugar, kosher salt, dried parsley and chives, and freshly ground black pepper. Mix well.
  • Add in the grated cheddar and pepper jack cheese, and stir to combine.
  • Make a well in the center of the mixture and add the "unfed" sourdough starter and melted butter. Mix well using a blending fork or your fingers. The mixture will be crumbly.
  • Next add the (uncooked) ground pork sausage and large eggs. Mix in well.
  • Using a spoon or large cookie scoop, form the mixture into 2-inch balls. Drop the balls onto the prepare baking sheet.
    If you prefer small balls, you might form them as small as 1-inch. Keep in mind that your baking time may be less.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes until they are dark golden brown.
  • Place on a large platter for serving. Serve warm or at room temperature.
    Refrigerate any leftovers in a covered container, or freeze sausage balls in a freezer bag for up to three months.
  • This recipe will make 30-42 balls, depending on the size of your cookie scoop.

Prepare the Horseradish Dip

  • While the sausage balls are baking, prepare the dip. In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise and horseradish mustard. Mix well.
  • I've also made this dip using mayonnaise plus 3 tablespoons prepared horseradish and 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard. Use whichever ingredients you have in stock.
  • Place dip in a small serving bowl. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Nutrition

Calories: 422kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 89mg | Sodium: 810mg | Potassium: 151mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 654IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 307mg | Iron: 2mg

 

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