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Jalapeño Popper Sausage Balls Recipe

    Ingredients:

    • 1 pound ground pork sausage
    • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
    • 1 cup almond flour (or regular all-purpose flour)
    • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
    • 1/2 cup diced pickled jalapeños
    • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
    • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro (optional, for garnish)

    Instructions:

    Preheat the Oven:

    • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
    • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease it.

    Cook the Sausage:

    • In a skillet over medium heat, cook the ground pork sausage until browned and cooked through.
    • Break it into crumbles as it cooks.
    • Once cooked, drain any excess grease and set aside.

    Prepare the Sausage Mixture:

    • In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked sausage, shredded cheddar cheese, almond flour (or all-purpose flour), softened cream cheese, diced pickled jalapeños, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and black pepper.
    • Mix the ingredients until well combined. The mixture should be thick and cohesive.

    Form Sausage Balls:

    • Take a small amount of the mixture and roll it into bite-sized balls, approximately 1 inch in diameter.
    • Place each ball on the prepared baking sheet, leaving space between them.

    Bake:

    • Bake the sausage balls in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until they are golden brown and cooked through.

    Garnish and Serve:

    • If desired, sprinkle chopped fresh cilantro over the sausage balls for a burst of freshness and color.
    • Serve the Jalapeño Popper Sausage Balls warm. They can be enjoyed on their own or with your favorite dipping sauce.

    Enjoy the Spicy Delight:

    • Bite into the spicy goodness of these Jalapeño Popper Sausage Balls.
    • The combination of savory sausage, melted cheese, and the kick of jalapeños creates a flavor explosion in every bite.

    Optional Dipping Sauces:

    • Serve these sausage balls with ranch dressing, sour cream, or a spicy mayo dipping sauce for added enjoyment.

    Note:

    • Adjust the level of spiciness by adding more or fewer jalapeños based on your preference.
    • These sausage balls can be made ahead of time and reheated in the oven before serving.

    These Jalapeño Popper Sausage Balls are a perfect blend of spice and savory goodness, making them an excellent appetizer for parties or a delightful snack for any occasion. Enjoy the irresistible combination of jalapeño popper flavors in each bite!

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