Supposedly, we all have our dirty little food secrets, those crazy things we’re embarrassed to admit we love. But if I love something, I am proud to eat it, no matter how trashy or elegant it is. That’s why I’m sharing my No. 1 pick for great Super Bowl party food, a trashy, delicious little recipe for sausage meatballs I got from my Aunt Mert.
They are spicy, savory, salty and full of protein, so they are the perfect pairing for the beer that typically flows on Super Bowl Sunday.
The simplest southern sausage meatball recipe is three ingredients – bulk hot breakfast sausage, cheddar cheese and Bisquick. 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, but I think it helps balance the richness of the meatballs. I also use the sharpest cheddar I can buy and prefer to grate the cheese myself because it seems to melt better.
Spicy Sausage Meatballs
Start to finish: 40 minutes (15 minutes active)
Makes 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 degrees 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 1 1/2-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.