Southern Appetizerssausage and cheese balls

Cheesy Sausage Balls
(Makes 48 pieces)

Savory little balls of sausage and cheese served with a honey mustard dipping sauce.

1 lb. gound (bulk) sausage meat
2 C Cheddar cheese (grated)
3 C biscuit mix
1/2 C red bell pepper (finely diced)

Honey Mustard Dip
3/4 C mayonnaise
1/4 C sour cream
1 T honey
2 tsp. grainy mustard
1 tsp. curry powder

Sausage: pre-heat oven to 375. Combine ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly. Shape into little walnut, bite-sized pieces and put on a baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Serve hot with toothpicks and honey mustard dip.

Dip: mix ingredients together in a small bowl and serve along side sausage & cheese balls.

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Tips & Glossary

Basic southern cuisine differs from its Cajun, Creole, and Southwestern cousins in its lack of hot spices. As a result, it's rich but mild—the ultimate in comfort food!

Crabmeat: meat from the body, legs or claws of numerous varieties of crab Most prized is jumbo lump from the hind leg. But for crab cakes and casseroles, use regular lump, as well as finback from the body. Claw meat is brown and stronger flavored, though also good for crab recipes. Buy it fresh if you can.

Greens: a staple in Southern cooking, they're in the cabbage family and include kale, collards, turnip, spinach, and mustard greens. Usually served with black-eyed peas and cornbread to sop up the pot likker.

Grits: another staple of Southern cooking: coarsely ground corn, cooked as porridge. Once cooked, grits are served plain, baked in a casserole, fried or deep-fried as a fritter. (Think polenta.)

Pie Crust: store bought crusts are fine. But for the skilled (or more daring) among you, make your own. Here's our recipe—Noel's Pie Crust.

Yams: a type of sweet potato with an elongated shape and deep orange flesh. A true yam is grown in Africa and Asia is actually quite different from what Americans call yams.


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