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Gluten-Free Sausage Balls

Gluten-Free Sausage Balls

Sausage balls. Have you ever heard of them?

If you are from the South, there is a strong chance you have and grew up eating them around the holidays and at any potluck. Personally, I grew up eating them at my best friend Lindy’s house. Her dad, Coach Davis, was also one of my track coaches in high school. He would always make us his famous “sausage balls” when we went over to their house for breakfast and I could still eat a whole batch of them myself.

I’m not certain of Coach Davis’s exact recipe (so if you’re reading this Coach, don’t get angry) but I am pretty sure it contained the following ingredients: Bisquick, pork sausage, milk and cheese. There were likely a few other ingredients in there, but from my food-loving memory, that’s how Coach made them and they were absolutely delicious. 

Gluten-Free Sausage Balls

Because this recipe was a childhood favorite of mine, I wanted to recreate it using healthier, cleaner ingredients for my kiddos and I had some fun throughout the process! While these Gluten-Free Sausage Balls aren’t paleo or Whole30, as I am pretty sure if I even tried to make them Whole30 they’d be considered SWYPO and against the rules. Plus, when I did try to make them using paleo flours, they got way too dense and just didn’t taste quite right. Recreating them as healthy as possible, while still keeping their true flavors that I grew up eating, was important to me so I ended up choosing (after countless attempts) Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 Gluten-Free Flour and I am so happy with how they turned out. I highly recommend making these at the beginning of the week to have a grab-and-go breakfast or even as a make-ahead appetizer or side dish for a Thanksgiving or holiday party coming up. 

For a dairy-free and gluten-free version, these Gluten-Free Sausage Balls are truly fantastic! The flavors brought back so many fond memories of my childhood friends and spending time with their families. I was so lucky to have friends with families that were so kind and generous to me growing up! I hope these bring back similar memories for those who grew up eating them as well.

 

For another gluten-free breakfast idea, try my Gluten-Free Ham and Cheese Quiche!

Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Sausage Balls

Serves: 4 people
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5 from 4 votes
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the gluten-free baking flour, baking powder, salt, nutritional yeast, baking soda, thyme and melted ghee. Stir until it turns into a crumbly, dough-like texture.
  • Using your hands, add the pork sausage into the bowl by breaking into smaller pieces. Continue to use your hands to work the pork into the flour mixture until evenly combined.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, creamer and dijon until well combined. Pour into the sausage mixture. Using the back of a fork, work the contents in the bowl (by stirring and mashing) until they are well combined.
  • Using a small cookie scoop (about 1 tbsp) drop sausage ball mixture onto the prepared baking sheet. Using damp hands, go back through and roll into balls.
  • Place in the preheated oven and cook until the pork is cooked through, about 15 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and enjoy!

34 Comments

  • Reply
    Katy
    February 20, 2021 at 1:12 pm

    5 stars
    I love this recipe! I live in Georgia and grew up eating sausage balls around Christmas. My husband and I love them and they are a go-to about once a month. I sub in milk, cheese and dried thyme. They are so good I have to beg my hubby not to eat them all in one day so we can have them for breakfast at least one more day. 😂

    • Reply
      Alex
      February 21, 2021 at 1:41 pm

      Haha I’m so glad! So hard not to eat them all

  • Reply
    Dee
    February 7, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    5 stars
    Another perfect 5 star recipe by Alex! I used to look up recipes on Pinterest and other Google searches, but between DD blog and cookbook, I don’t need to look anywhere, as every recipe has been a complete hit! These sausage balls leave nothing to be missed in flavor or texture. When going gluten and dairy free, you always think you’ll miss certain things, but Alex always knocks it out of the park with substitutions, that you don’t even notice they are “healthy”. Moral of the story- just make anything from her blog and cookbook, you won’t be sorry 🙂

  • Reply
    Megan
    December 30, 2020 at 12:25 pm

    What do you pair these with when doing Whole30? Or do you just eat these straight for breakfast?

    • Reply
      Alex
      December 30, 2020 at 5:44 pm

      Hi! While these Sausage balls are Gluten-Free, they are not Whole30 compliant as they are not grain-free.

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    Allison
    December 23, 2020 at 8:01 pm

    Alex!!!! This recipe is AMAZING. My family grew up making sausage balls for every holiday occasion – it is a staple in our family. Like we fight over how many we get and who gets the last one, and my mom always makes so many and keeps them in the freezer too. All that to say, I just made this recipe hoping that they would be just as good and cleaned up, and WOW. I am so impressed, you nailed it!! I am so thankful for you and the way you clean up recipes I know and love!

  • Reply
    Hayley Rico
    December 23, 2020 at 12:02 am

    My store doesn’t have the 1 to 1 gluten free, just Bob’s Red Mill gluten free will that work?

    • Reply
      Alex
      December 23, 2020 at 2:02 pm

      I haven’t yet tried it using that flour so I can’t say for sure, I am sorry

    • Reply
      Katy
      February 20, 2021 at 1:02 pm

      I use the King Arthur Measure for Measure gluten free flour and it works great. Maybe your store carries that one instead?

  • Reply
    Courtney
    December 20, 2020 at 5:15 pm

    What is the recommended way of storing these / reheating? Thanks!

    • Reply
      Alex
      December 24, 2020 at 6:51 pm

      I personally store mine in a air tight container. Then just pop them in the microwave for 20 seconds or so on the go. They aren’t near as good reheated, but they still are yummy

  • Reply
    Chelsea
    December 20, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    What do you think about using almond flour in place of the gluten free flour for a lower carb option?
    Thanks! LOVE your recipes!

    • Reply
      Alex
      December 21, 2020 at 12:06 pm

      I really tried to make these Grain-Free and they just were so dense and didn’t turn out right.

      • Reply
        ELON
        January 14, 2021 at 2:44 am

        We made these with almond flour and they are FIRE! They taste like sausage biscuits from McDonalds – so good!! We used the country sausage from The Fresh Market in their display case!!

  • Reply
    Erika
    December 17, 2020 at 7:13 pm

    Can I substitute a flax egg here? Or would something else work?

    • Reply
      Alex
      December 17, 2020 at 7:18 pm

      yes, that should work just fine here!

  • Reply
    Savannah
    December 15, 2020 at 12:25 am

    5 stars
    Amazing sausage balls! I have missed sausage balls since going gluten free and these taste like the real thing! I normally do cheese instead of nutritional yeast and skip the nut pods and they still turn out good!

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      Kim Cassady
      December 22, 2020 at 3:43 pm

      To clarify, you do not add any nut pods and they are still good? So no milk at all? I am making these for Christmas Breakfast and don’t want to mess up lol!!! 🙂

      • Reply
        Allison Witt
        December 28, 2020 at 4:32 pm

        Did you try making these without nutpods? We made them exactly as the recipe and they were so amazing, but I want to take them to someone who has a nut allergy, so trying to decide if I can just leave that out or if I need to replace it.

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          Alex
          December 28, 2020 at 9:53 pm

          you can sub heavy creamer or milk!

          • Allison Witt
            December 31, 2020 at 5:22 pm

            Except that they are also allergic to dairy. 😬

  • Reply
    Angela
    December 2, 2020 at 1:43 pm

    Made these today and the are delicious!

  • Reply
    Ana
    November 26, 2020 at 4:43 am

    Anything you can substitute if you don’t have fresh thyme leaves? 🙂

    • Reply
      Alex
      November 27, 2020 at 2:14 pm

      you could use dried thyme if you have that!

  • Reply
    Savannah
    November 25, 2020 at 4:07 am

    Hi Alex! Can you make the mixture the day before, then ball and bake when you plan to serve them?

    • Reply
      Alex
      November 25, 2020 at 4:16 pm

      yes! 🙂

  • Reply
    Jessica
    November 24, 2020 at 7:58 pm

    5 stars
    Made a batch of these today. SO YUM!!!!

    • Reply
      Alex
      November 24, 2020 at 8:40 pm

      So glad you love them!

  • Reply
    Michelle
    November 23, 2020 at 4:26 pm

    Any suggested seasonings to add if you can only find regular pork sausage vs “breakfast pork sausage”?

    • Reply
      Alex
      November 24, 2020 at 12:57 am

      Is it just plain ground pork, or “pork sausage”

  • Reply
    Becky
    November 21, 2020 at 8:46 pm

    If you didn’t need this to be gluten free could you use the same amount of regular flour? Not sure if it’s equal parts. Thanks!

    • Reply
      Alex
      November 28, 2020 at 2:17 pm

      I haven’t tried it with Regular flour; however I think it would work because the GF I use is a 1:1 ratio swap with regular flour.

      • Reply
        Kim Cassady
        December 22, 2020 at 1:27 am

        Can you use normal butter or does it need to be ghee?

        • Reply
          Alex
          December 22, 2020 at 1:52 am

          butter would work, and it’d be delightful!

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