Food Experiment: Sausage Balls

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it before, but I do love to experiment with food. In the past, I have literally just thrown some things together, just to see if it would be good. I like to take ideas that I see on the internet and put my own twist to them. I also really like it when those things are simple and easy to make.

I usually get my ideas scrolling through Pinterest, looking for low carb and (usually) healthy dishes. Today’s recipe couldn’t really be called healthy, per se, but it definitely is low carb. And it’s one that can be changed up depending on your mood or tastes.

It has three ingredients (no kidding): 1 lb ground sausage, about a cup of shredded cheddar cheese and about 2 Tbsp. garlic and herb seasoning. You can choose any kind of cheese or seasoning that you’d like, but I would recommend shredded cheese (of course).

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All you have to do is mix it all together and roll them into balls. I made mine about an inch and a half. Seemed like a good size to me.

Next, I fried them in about in inch or so of veggie oil. Again, you can use whatever kind of oil you’d prefer. I’m all about customization. You’ll have to watch them closely….mine stuck a little bit, but not too badly. Fry them, turning once, until they’re a bit brown.

Now since this is pork sausage, I decided to bake them a little bit just to make absolutely sure that they were done inside. I sure as heck don’t want to make myself sick, so I put them in the oven for 20 minutes. That really was long enough to cook them completely (no more pink).

IMG_1064This made 12 balls, which could be enough for two meals, depending on how you eat (no judgement here), but how many you end up with is going to depend on how big you made them. Also the baking time is going to depend on that as well. If you made them smaller than an inch, you might only need to bake them for about 10 minutes…or you might not have to bake them at all.

Once they’re done, you can eat them with whatever side dish you prefer, have them for a snack, or you can use them in a pasta dish. Also, if you don’t eat pork, you can use any ground that you prefer. See? I’m all for customization!

 

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A Cheap Date

I’m a cheap person. I’ve always known it and probably got it from my mother. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not a stingy. I just like to save money and get the cheapest stuff that I can. When I grocery shop, I usually get the store brand stuff because it’s the same thing, just cheaper. I even buy most of my clothes at a certain superstore that starts with a “W.”

That’s not to say that I don’t splurge every once in a while. Usually, I’ll save up first if I can. I mean I have tattoos and those are NOT cheap. But I don’t splurge a lot and it’s typically on something that I’ll use a lot or something like that. I honestly almost had a panic attack when I bought my first iPod Touch!

There have been times when I would buy a crafty item, thinking that I would use it all the time, but it never came out of the packaging. I’m thankful to say that that has only happen a couple or three times and I’ve tamped down on that temptation.

Last Saturday was my dad’s birthday and we all went to eat to celebrate. And as I usually do, I checked out the cheaper meals. Because that’s also a habit of mine. No matter what and no matter who I’m with, I will always take a look at the cheapest dishes on the menu before I’ll look at other stuff.

I don’t even look at it as a bad thing. I just like to save money whenever and wherever I can. I’m sure a lot of people do the same thing. And if not, why not?