Sausage Cheese Balls from The Grain-Free Family Table by Carrie Vitt

The holidays are quickly approaching and we know what that means–non-stop gatherings and potlucks. This Sausage Cheese Ball recipe from The Grain-Free Family Table by Carrie Vitt is a great one to have in your holiday party repertoire. They are bite size but pack a lot of flavor, and without the cheese can work for a paleo and dairy-free diet! The Grain-Free Family Table is a paleo- and family-friendly cookbook that teaches readers how to cut all grains out of their diets without giving up flavorful, delicious food. Purchase your copy of The Grain-Free Family Table today!

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In the South, there was a plate of sausage and cheese balls at every potluck I attended. Remember the ones with sausage and biscuit mix? These little sausage poppers are great for a potluck, game day, or tailgate and are always a hit with the kids.

2 1⁄2 cups almond flour
1 tablespoon coconut flour
1 teaspoon Celtic sea salt
2 teaspoons Grain-Free Baking Powder (page 272)
1⁄2 teaspoon garlic powder
12 ounces Cheddar cheese, shredded
1 pound spicy sausage (pastured and nitrate-free preferred)

1. Preheat the oven to 425°F and adjust the rack to the middle position. Line a baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper.
2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the almond flour, coconut flour, salt, baking powder, garlic powder, and cheese. Use your hands to incorporate the sausage into the dry mixture; the mixture will be damp. Roll the mixture into 1.-inch balls and place on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes, until just golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes and serve.
PALEO/DAIRY-FREE ADAPTATION: Omit the cheese. The number of sausage balls will decrease to 18.


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