Cheesy Faux Sausage Balls

Gimme Lean vegetarian sausage is one of my favorite swaps for real sausage. It is low-cal, fat, sugar, and cholesterol free, and has a great sausagey flavor and texture. I’ve used it in sweeter/breakfast applications and in pasta dishes with great success. These sausage balls are doughy and cheesy and are a fantastic appetizer (or breakfast with some maple syrup!). Enjoy!

Cheesy Faux Sausage Balls
Just the Tip / Inspired by Plain Chicken
Yield: 18 balls

Here’s what I used:

  • 1 14-oz package gimme lean vegetarian sausage
  • 8 oz light cream cheese, at room temp
  • 1 1/4 cups Heart Smart Bisquick
  • 4 oz sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 tbsp canola oil

Here’s what I did:

  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl. My advice: get someone else to do this part for you — suuuper sticky! 🙂
  3. Roll into 1-inch balls and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.


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