December 18, 2010

Armadillo Balls

Bite-sized balls of sausage and cheese flavored dough hiding a surprise slice of jalapeno pepper.

    1lb Cheddar cheese, grated
    1 lb Good quality pork sausage (Bob Evans recommended)
    2 C Baking mix (Like Bisquick®)
    1 jar (10 oz) Jalapeno pepper slices
    1 envShake-n-Bake for pork (original)

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  • In a large bowl mix together the cheese and sausage until well blended. You really need to use your hands to do this well. Add the baking mix and mix well.
  • Remove about 50 slices of jalapeno pepper from the jar, shake off the liquid and set on paper towels to absorb excess liquid.
  • To form each Armadillo Ball, take a chunk of the dough mixture about the size of a whole walnut, maybe a little bigger. Pat it into a flat patty. Place a slice of jalapeno pepper in it. Fold up the edges around the pepper and seal well. Roll into a ball between your hands, pressing firmly.
  • After all the balls have been formed, pour the Shake-n-Bake into a small bowl. Roll the balls in it and place on a cookie sheet, about 1 inch apart.
  • Bake at 325 for 20 - 25 minutes, until cooked through and golden brown.
  • Drain on paper towels. These are good served hot, warm or room temperature. Yield: about 50 balls.
    To freeze: Freeze before baking by placing them on a cookie sheet and place the cookie sheet in the freezer until the balls are solid. Then pour into freezer bags for storage. Bake them frozen (they may take an additional 5 minutes).

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