Low FODMAP Appetizers: Sausage Balls
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Low FODMAP Appetizers: Sausage Balls

Published on Friday, November 03, 2023
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Jessie Hulsey

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Transforming a Classic: Low FODMAP Sausage Balls

When finding the ultimate party appetizer that's delicious and a guaranteed crowd-pleaser, look no further than Sausage Cheddar Balls. 

The Classic Sausage Ball Recipe

The classic sausage ball recipe, a staple at parties and gatherings, is a mouthwatering blend of sausage, cheddar cheese, and baking mix known for its irresistible flavor. While this beloved recipe is undoubtedly delicious, it's also packed with high-FODMAP ingredients. Traditional sausage balls can be a no-go for those following a Low FODMAP diet. However, with a few swaps, you can turn this classic recipe into a Low FODMAP appetizer you’ll keep grabbing!

Ingredients to Avoid

There are a few notorious culprits in the realm of high-FODMAP ingredients commonly found in traditional sausage balls. These include ingredients found in pork blends like garlic and onion, which are rich in fructans – a type of FODMAP that can wreak havoc on sensitive digestive systems. The classic recipe also contains wheat-based baking mix, another source of FODMAPs. 

Opt for sausages made from Low FODMAP ingredients such as plain ground pork or poultry with minimal seasoning. Additionally, many stores offer specifically labeled Low FODMAP sausages, allowing those with dietary sensitivities to enjoy these items with confidence. Some great Low FODMAP sausage options include JENNIE-O® All Natural* Turkey Sausage or Sage All Natural Sausage

Variations and Customization

Low FODMAP sausage balls provide a versatile canvas for culinary creativity. Once you've mastered the basic recipe, don't hesitate to explore variations and customization to suit your preferences. 

You can incorporate finely chopped green tops of green onions, omitting the white bulb, for a mild onion flavor. Experiment with different cheeses, such as lactose-free alternatives, or add a hint of heat with cayenne pepper. Whether aiming for a classic taste or a bold twist, the possibilities for personalization are endless.

Serving sausage balls with a flavorful dip can elevate this delicious appetizer. Classic options like marinara or a garlic-infused aioli provide a timeless combination, while a sweet and tangy honey mustard dip adds a delightful contrast. Tzatziki offers a refreshing twist, making it a perfect choice for warm-weather gatherings!

Frequently Asked Questions

How should I store leftover Low FODMAP sausage balls?

To preserve the freshness of your sausage balls, place any leftovers in an airtight container or resealable bag. Refrigerate them promptly; they should remain fresh for 3-4 days. For extended storage, you can freeze the sausage balls in a freezer-safe container for up to three months.

Can I make Low FODMAP sausage balls ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare Low FODMAP sausage balls in advance. After baking, allow them to cool to room temperature, then store them in the refrigerator. When ready to enjoy them, simply reheat them in the oven at a low temperature to maintain their texture and flavor. 

Are there any tips for preventing Low FODMAP sausage balls from becoming soggy during storage or reheating?

It's essential to store the sausage balls in an airtight container to minimize exposure to moisture, which will prevent them from becoming soggy when reheating. When reheating, use an oven or toaster oven on low heat rather than a microwave to help retain their texture. If they have become slightly soft, a few extra minutes in the oven can help restore their crunch.

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Low FODMAP Sausage Balls

These mouthwatering sausage balls are a guaranteed hit and are sure to disappear in no time! Easy to make and even easier to enjoy, they are the perfect party appetizer for any occasion.

Servings: 30

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  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins

Ingredients

Instructions

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a mixing bowl, add the ground pork sausage. If desired, you can incorporate a pinch of your preferred Low FODMAP herbs or spices at this stage for extra flavor.
  3. Mix in the shredded sharp cheddar cheese and the Gluten Free Bisquick mix (or your chosen gluten-free baking mix). Combine the ingredients until you have a uniform mixture that holds together well.
  4. Take portions of the mixture and roll them into small balls, usually around 1 inch in diameter. Place these balls on the prepared baking sheet, leaving a little space between each one. This recipe should make about 30 balls. 
  5. Put the baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake for approximately 15-20 minutes, or until the sausage balls turn golden brown and are fully cooked through.
  6. Once done, remove the sausage balls from the oven and allow them to cool for a few minutes. They can be served warm as an appetizer or snack- Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1

Serving Per Recipe: 30

Amount Per Serving
Calories 77
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4.4g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Trans Fat 0g
Sodium 184.7mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 6.5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 0g
Protein 3.8g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Notes

Feel free to customize the seasoning to your preference by adding Low FODMAP herbs or spices such as chives, oregano, or smoked paprika for an extra flavor boost.


Ensure that the ground pork sausage used is Low FODMAP or does not contain high-FODMAP ingredients like garlic or onion.