JOPLIN, Mo. —
For this year's Super Bowl party, why not freshen things up a bit? Instead of shoveling chips into your mouth, how about using a slab of roasted potato skin for dipping?
Or how about a meatball that tastes good and satisfies the soul?
The simplest southern sausage meatball recipe has three ingredients: bulk hot breakfast sausage, cheddar cheese and Bisquick. They are so easy to make that even someone who can't boil water can figure it out. All you need is a bowl and a fork (or clean hands) to mix everything together and a baking sheet to cook them on.
If you don't like spicy foods you can leave out the cayenne pepper, but use the sharpest cheddar you can find. If you prefer Italian flavors you can adapt the recipe and use bulk hot Italian sausage, then substitute 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan or Romano cheese for 1/4 pound of the cheddar.
Spicy sausage meatballs
You can prepare this recipe in advance. Follow through the step of forming the meat mixture into balls, then arrange them on a baking sheet and freeze. Once frozen, store in plastic bags. Cook frozen meatballs as directed, but increase oven time to 35 minutes.
Start to finish: 40 minutes (15 minutes active)
Servings: 36 meatballs
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon melted butter
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder or granulated garlic
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 pound grated sharp cheddar cheese
1 pound loose spicy sausage meat
Heat the oven to 350 F.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, butter, garlic and cayenne. Set aside.
In a second large bowl, use your hands to mix together the cheese, sausage and eggs until well combined. Add the flour mixture and mix for several minutes to ensure all ingredients are evenly distributed.
Pinch off about 1/4 cup of the mixture and roll into 11/2-inch meatballs. Arrange the meatballs on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes. Serve hot.
Nutrition information per meatball: 110 calories; 60 calories from fat (55 percent of total calories); 7 g fat (3 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 35 mg cholesterol; 6 g carbohydrate; 0 g fiber; 0 g sugar; 6 g protein; 220 mg sodium.