Jalapeno cheddar sausage breakfast balls are perfect for when you’re looking for a spicy start to your morning.
Recently my husband has been wanting all things jalapeno. We have already had cream cheese cheddar jalapeno poppers this month, and I have more jalapenos and bacon in the fridge to take on bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers. He’s added jalapenos to our fajitas for an extra kick, and I’m pretty sure he chowed down on a bag of jalapeno corn nuts.
With all of this jalapeno deliciousness going on in our house, minus the corn nuts (I still can’t get over corn nut breath), I finally found a recipe that may have brought him to tears of joy. Ok, maybe not that far, but he did tell me these jalapeno cheddar sausage breakfast balls are going to be dangerous for him to have around the house.
Jalapeno Cheddar Sausage Balls Notes
To cook or not to cook
Cooking the onions and jalapenos first is mostly just a guideline. I prefer a less potent onion and jalapeno flavor in something like meatballs, however if you’re a fan of the crisp, bold flair of an onion or jalapeno, then try skipping step one and see how it pans out for you. Both onion and jalapeno will definitely have a stronger presence in the jalapeno cheddar sausage breakfast balls that way.
Structure is cheesy
The cheese in this recipe is delicious, but it does make the meat balls a bit more fragile when they are hot. Melted cheese just doesn’t have the binding ability cooled cheese does. For this reason make sure you are gentle with the meat balls when you flip or transfer them to the baking sheet.
Don’t get burned
Allowing them to cool before you eat them will also help them gain a bit of structure. If, however, you just want to eat them immediately like we did, be aware of the likelihood they’ll fall apart some, and don’t burn your mouth. Obviously, they will be hot coming straight out of the oven. Excitement over an amazing recipe has plagued me and my tongue before, so I speak from experience.
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Heat 1 tbsp oil over medium heat. Add onions and cook until starting to turn transparent and slightly browned. Add jalapenos and garlic, cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat.
In a medium bowl combine sausage, eggs, flour, cheese, and onion mix. When ingredients are evenly combined roll into 18 balls.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Meanwhile, heat remaining oil in skillet and cook sausage balls until both sides are browned.
Transfer sausage balls to a greased baking sheet and bake for approximately 10 minutes, or until center of sausage ball is cooked through. Allow to rest for 5 to 10 minutes prior to serving to allow the breakfast ball to firm up after cooling.
Jalapeno Cheddar Sausage Breakfast Balls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 315Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Vitamin A 500IU10%
Vitamin C 16.5mg20%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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