~Homemade Bisquick Mix~

Oh it’s been a busy month so far, but it’s been a good one! Last night I had a few folks ask me at church about the homemade sausage balls I made for our 3’s&4’s Christmas party. I’ll be honest, I haven’t purchased Bisquick mix in years. It’s pointless to do so when the only thing I use it for are the sausage balls and I don’t make those with any regularity! Enter in the homemade mix version! It makes a little over 4 cups worth of mix but that’s at least two batches of sausage balls(about 2–3 dz per batch depending on the size you make). 

There is a difference in texture and overall flavor when you make the mix from scratch. It’s a great way to remove the chem–lab flavor from this holiday party staple. I have some not so fond childhood memories of sausage balls, normally they were dry, really hard, and kind of blah in flavor. It was usually one of those things that when you’re moving through the buffet line you’re looking at all the yummy delights until your eyes spy a platter of sausage balls. My heart would sink every time, so when I decided to make these for last night’s party I was determined to not over work the meat mixture and treat them no different than the meatballs we make and freezer. I seriously think it’s all in how you handle the mixture, there’s no need to mix and mix to the point where it becomes stiff. Trust me, you will know and the end result will be a firm unpleasant sausage ball.
Before I get into the recipe I want to first give cred to  Myra over at My Blessed Life for posting this recipe back in 2013. I’ve tried other homemade bisquick recipes in the past, but this has become my go to recipe every time! Be sure to check out her blog to check out her other awesome recipes, diy projects, life hacks, etc.

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Homemade Bisquick Mix

3 cups all purpose flour
1/2 Tblsp salt(I used Kosher)
1 1/2 Tblsp baking powder
1 stick cold butter, sliced

Place all ingredients into a food processor and pulse for a minute. Done.

See! EASY! Now if you don’t have a food processor, Myra says you can use a fork or a pastry blender tool. I cannot guarantee that using either of those will get the desired results that you see above in my picture, which is a super fine powdery mix. Using a fork or pastry blender may result in a more crumbly texture, in which case just be patient while working it and don’t fret too much if it’s not the same as mine. You’ll be incorporating it into the meat so no worries!

And I love her recipe for the sausage balls. It’s simple, easy and delicious! I’ve come across other recipes in the past where they add other seasonings and spices…for me Myra’s Three ingredient recipe wins the blue ribbon every time! Here’s what you’ll need::

2 cups bisquick mix(from above)
1 pound mild sausage
1 generous cup of cheddar cheese, shredded

Mix by hand(I wore gloves) but don’t over work the mixture. I used a melon baller to portion out the meat mix. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 20 minutes. Let them cool and store in an air tight container until you’re ready to serve.

I don’t have anymore, the evidence of their existence is gone! LOL! Yes, they are THAT good! I will be making more for my family next week, per G–Man’s request, and will definitely take a picture then! 😉 In the meantime, you can click HERE to see Myra’s picture on her blog!

Anyway, I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!


TBT: Bisquick Mix and Recipe

Yesterday was a productive and mentally exhausting day. The cherry on top was finding out that one of my Pinterest posts had been re–pinned 100 times! That really made my day and in honor of that popular NOK(Night Owl Kitchen) post I decided to do a variation of it. You can check out the popular NOK Pinterest post here. I can’t thank you all enough for sharing that post, it’s been exciting for me to watch it being shared nearly multiple times a day 🙂 And I hope this variation will be just as popular!!

Here in the south, sausage balls are a staple at most get togethers.You can always count on at least one person bringing them. I wasn’t always a fan of them because they tend to be dry and hard, always had to eat them with a little dip to add some kind of moisture back into them. So, yesterday I decided to make a batch only we don’t keep Bisquick in the house. But luckily my Mom has a homemade recipe for a Bisquick Mix just waiting to be used 😀

It’s such an easy recipe you’re going to be kicking yourself for not having thought of it before (I know I was). Plus making it yourself you’re able to bypass all those unwholesome ingredients that are found in the store bought Bisquick. Did you know that there’s aluminum in Bisquick? We know that it’s not good for us yet we’re willing to use it because that’s what a recipe calls for or it’s quicker than making it from scratch. But it’s not healthier, it can lead to serious health issues and making such a simple mix from scratch will actually save you more money and be better for your health overall! 

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Just looking at the picture it doesn’t seem any different from the store bought stuff. But the results of my homemade sausage turkey balls were 100 times better than I thought it would be!

All you’ll need…

6 cups all purpose flour

3 Tblsp baking powder

1 Tbls salt 

1 cup vegetable shortening (I used palm shortening)

Whisk together the first three ingredients. With a pastry blender, cut in the vegetable shortening until it looks crumbly (refer to above picture). Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 months, or store in freezer safe bags(2 cups per bag), labeled, and freeze until needed.

See…simple! Now on to an even better recipe, ready?!

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NOK’s Sausage Turkey Balls

1/2 pound sausage

1/2 pound ground turkey

2 cups homemade Bisquick mix

10 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Mix together all ingredients in a large bowl. Line several baking sheets with release foil. Using a melon baller or other small scoop dole out sausage turkey ball mixture onto each pan. Bake for 10–12 minutes, drain on paper towels before serving. 

These came out perfect! Tender, juicy, softer than the ones I grew up with. 

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Making them smaller yielded close to 100 balls. You can make them larger if you prefer, but these were the perfect size to just pop in your mouth. Leftover homemade Bisquick mix can be used to make pancakes or muffins, just substitute it for the store brand Bisquick mix in all your recipes. There is a big difference, there’s no chemical after taste with the homemade mix, baked goods come out lighter and fluffier. I wasn’t a Bisquick fan before but this is something I will definitely be keeping on hand from now on 🙂

Happy eating!!