If you’re like our family, you wake up early on Christmas morning, dive into piles of presents, and eat breakfast afterward. One easy Christmas recipe we like to have on hand are these homemade sausage balls. They’re great to snack on while we open presents without spoiling the appetite for a special Christmas breakfast later. Plus, kids can enjoy them with sparkling fruit juice while adults sip on mimosas (bonus recipe included below!). Take a look and dive into this fantastic Christmas recipe!
Homemade Sausage Balls
- 1 lb ground sweet Italian sausage (if you prefer your sausage balls with a little bit of kick, go with spicy Italian sausage instead)
- 1 box Red Lobster brand cheddar biscuit mix
- 1 egg
- 1 cup shredded cheese (we recommend either cheddar, Monterey jack, or pepperjack)
You’ll also need:
- Mixing bowl and spoon
- Cookie sheet
- Parchment paper
- Meat thermometer
- Use parchment paper to line the cookie sheet (makes for easy clean up!)
- Mix all ingredients together, including the seasoning packet in the biscuit mix.
- Scoop large tablespoon size portions, roll each into a smooth ball, and place on cookie sheet.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until the meat thermometer reads 160 degrees. Enjoy warm! Store any leftovers (if you have any!) for up to 3 days in an airtight food storage container in the fridge.
Quick tip: when you cook to temperature instead of time, you get perfectly moist sausage balls that are also cooked through. Sometimes cooking to a set time means you overbake them, which results in sausage balls that are way too dry. Using a meat thermometer ensures you’ve cooked the meat all the way through and don’t lose their flavor.
Christmas Morning Mimosas
Mimosas are simple but elegant morning drinks! Combining fruit juice with chilled champagne, you’ll feel so fancy in your Christmas jammies. Here’s a basic recipe, plus some variations!
Standard Mimosa Ingredients:
- ½ cup chilled champagne
- ½ cup chilled orange juice
Yes…that’s seriously it. Equal parts champagne and orange juice. This recipe is enough for two mimosas (unless you’re feeling like the Grinch, and then it’s enough for just you), so divide it evenly between two glasses (or champagne flutes if you’re feeling extra festive like the Whos in Who-ville).
- Add ¼ cup of pineapple, cranberry, or pomegranate juice and increase the champagne by ¼ cup as well.
- Add 1 Tablespoon of Grand Marnier to each finished mimosa and give it a swirl to mix.
We hope your Christmas morning is delightful and full of cherished memories with your family. If you want to continue making wonderful memories into the New Year, consider shopping for a new or used RV and enjoy the shared gift of travel. Contact us today with any questions!