Breakfast is a big deal at my house, as is good Southern fare.
I was a long-time breakfast denier. No breakfast. Never. It wasn’t until college that I started enjoying cereal and waffles, and I wouldn’t touch a pancake prior to the last two years. And I’m still not a big fan of a number of breakfast foods. Pork sausage. No, thanks. Eggs served any way you make them. No, no, no.
However, my husband adores breakfast in all its forms, and for the sake of domestic bliss, I needed to find breakfast recipes that worked for both of us. You know, something more than having a cup of coffee together, another item that we both have very different tastes on. First, there was Dark Chocolate Scones. Then, there was Sunday Morning Pancakes. But these hot turkey sausage balls are just for him.
I discovered the original recipe for these hot and tasty balls of cheese, flour, and sausage while reading Nashville Eats, a cookbook centered on Nashville Southern cooking favorites that debuted on October 6th. This recipe is the epitome of Nashville, the city that I called home for a number of years and still holds my heart strings.
Nashville and I were a great pair, and I ate divinely through the city. So many of my memories of Nashville are imbedded in restaurants and great eats shared with friends. When I had the opportunity to dive into this cookbook, I immediately scoured its pages, eager to bake and cook up the memories of my former home. From biscuits to hot chicken, pecan pie to ice cream soda floats, this book is an edible ode to Nashville and the great food artisans that work and play there.
Naturally, I found a great recipe to adapt to my kitchen within the pages for a quick and savory breakfast with lots of Southern flair. For “Hot Sausage Balls,” I opted for turkey sausage versus pork sausage. A healthier take on the recipe that also makes it delicious for one who is not a fan of pork. I added a bit of extra spice as well. The essence of Nashville and the recipe are still present in my adapted hot, juicy turkey sausage balls.
You know sausage balls. Your Mom made them when you were a kid with Bisquick. Well, this is a fully homemade take on those breakfast beauties with flour and baking powder, a mountain of sharp Cheddar cheese, and lots of love. It’s equally easy without the Bisquick and will still hold the same nostalgia as the batches Mom used to make.
These turkey sausage balls are great for breakfast, but they also make an excellent snack or a perfect edition to your lunch bag. They also make great party appetizers and are a big hit at parties and get-togethers. Southern recipes are meant to be slow cooked, savored, and shared. Enjoy this recipe, and check out Nashville Eats, one of my favorite cookbooks of 2015.
Hot Turkey Sausage Balls
Adapted from Nashville Eats by Jennifer Justus, Abrams Press
Yields approximately 50 pieces
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 3 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
- 1 pound spicy turkey breakfast sausage
- 1 tablespoon butter, melted
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine flour, baking powder, black pepper, onion powder, cheese, sausage, and butter in a medium bowl. Do this with your hands, kneading the mixture until well combined and ingredients are well dispersed.
- Roll mixture into small, walnut-sized balls and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. This recipe should be made in batches.
- Cook for approximately 20 minutes or until golden brown.
- Allow to cool for five to 10 minutes and serve.
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