8ouncessharp cheddar cheeseyellow or white, grated
2medium-size shallotspeeled and finely grated
4tablespoons(56g)unsalted buttermelted and cooled
1(50g (weighed out of shell))eggat room temperature, beaten
1poundgluten-free bulk sweet Italian pork sausageor regular sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
For the (optional) dipping sauce
½teaspoonsmoked Spanish paprika
½teaspoondried parsley flakes
For serving (optional)
Chopped or torn fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
Preheat your oven to 350°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper, and set it aside.
In a large bowl, place the pancake mix, pepper and optional paprika, and whisk to combine well.
Add the grated cheddar cheese, and toss to coat the cheese in the dry ingredients.
Add the grated shallots, melted butter, and beaten egg, and mix to combine well. Add the sausage, and tear it into rough chunks with moistened fingers.
Using a large spoon, mix the sausage into the grated cheese and dry ingredient mixture until everything is evenly distributed. Press down on the mixture with the bowl of the spoon to break up the sausage properly.
Using two teaspoons or your clean, moistened hands, scoop or pull off pieces of the mixture that are each about 1 1/2 tablespoons in volume. Place the pieces about 1 1/2-inches from one another on the prepared baking sheet.
Again, using your clean, moistened hands, roll each portion very tightly into rounds about 1-inch in diameter. Return them to the baking sheet.
Be sure to roll the balls tight, pressing them together all the way to the center. Otherwise, they tend to separate during baking.
Place the sausage balls in the center of the preheated oven. Bake for about 25 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.
Remove the baking sheet from the oven and allow the sausage balls to set briefly before serving.
While the sausage balls are cooling, place all the (optional) dipping sauce ingredients in a medium-size bowl. Whisk vigorously until well-combined.
Sprinkle the sausage balls with the (optional) chopped parsley, and serve warm with the dipping sauce.
For the gluten free pancake mix. This forgiving recipe can be made with 3/4 of a recipe of our homemade Bisquick-style gluten free pancake mix, or your favorite packaged gluten free pancake mix.To make just the right amount of our homemade gf pancake mix, whisk together: