Sausage Balls have always been a favorite at my house. Not just at holidays or get-togethers, but often by special request from the kids just for movie night even.
I decided to take my original Sausage Balls Recipe and make a low carb version last night. They turned out surprisingly well! 😀
My original Sausage Balls Recipe is:
3 cups Bisquick, 1 pound sausage, 8oz shredded sharp cheddar cheese. Mix it all together, roll into balls & place on baking sheet, bake at 375 until brown.
It occurred to me that I could make Low Carb Sausage Balls very easily, by replacing the Bisquick in the original recipe with Almond Meal. I decided to make half a batch since I was only making them for myself this time. I also decided to add an egg, just to make sure they held together as well as Sausage Balls made with Bisquick.
Low Carb Sausage Balls Recipe
1 1/2 cups Almond Meal
1/2 pound Jimmy Dean Sausage
4oz shredded cheese
You could double this recipe of course, but I think one large egg would still suffice. The original recipe calls for sharp cheddar cheese, but I used Colby Jack Cheese instead as that’s what I had on hand. If you wanted sausage balls with a kick you could use Hot Jimmy Dean Sausage and Pepperjack Cheese.
Preheat the oven to 375. Put all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl, and mix thoroughly. This is best done by digging in and getting your hands dirty. 😉
I use a large baking sheet, and cover it with foil. This is more to make for easier clean-up than anything. Roll out small Sausage Balls between your hands, and place them on the baking sheet.
The Low Carb Sausage Balls won’t rise quite as much as the original Sausage Balls Recipe, so you don’t have to worry about keeping them *too* far apart.
This Half-Batch Low Carb Sausage Balls Recipe made approximately 32 Sausage balls:
Bake them until they are golden brown. When you take them out of the oven, put them on a plate covered with a paper towel (to soak up any grease).
Beautiful, right? 😀 I think the Low Carb Sausage Balls Recipe is actually *better* than the original recipe!
The Almond Meal I use is 3 net carbs per 1/4 cup serving. So for 1 1/2 cups (half batch recipe) it’s 18 net carbs total for the batch. I got 32 Sausage Balls out of this batch, making them less than 2 net carbs each.
You could use a lower carb Almond Meal (look at the NOW brand below mine on that page), and you could even use less Almond Meal in the recipe – perhaps one cup instead of 1 1/2 cups – and I think they would still come out fabulous.
I dipped them in a low carb creamy spinach dip. Delicious! Great snack for movie night 😉