Sausage Cheese Meatballs

I had bought some ground sausage but had no idea what I was going to make with it.  I figured that the meat would have a strong porky taste. So, I looked online and found this recipe and I’m glad I did.  I took the finished meatballs over to my sons house to have it taste tested.  It was approved.  As always, I make modifications to most recipes.  In this recipe I changed the dipping sauce from BBQ or chili sauce to a pasta sauce.  My daughter in law made some pasta and a salad to accompany the meatballs.

Sausage Cheese Balls

Sausage Cheese Balls

3 cups Original Bisquick™ mix
1 lb. uncooked bulk pork sausage
4 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (16 ounces)
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves, crushed
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley or 1/2 teaspoon parsley flakes
pasta sauce

Heat oven to 350ºF.

Spray a glass pyrex pan with non-stick spray.

In large bowl, stir together all ingredients except pasta sauce, using hands or spoon. Shape mixture into 1-inch balls. Place in pan.

Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until brown. Immediately remove from pan.

Heat up some pasta sauce for dipping.


Please note the original recipe called for warm BBQ sauce or chili sauce for dipping, if desired.



Crockpot Hoisin Spareribs

Welcome 2016!

I made these today because the package of spareribs fell out of my fridge freezer so I assumed it was a sign to make something with them.   I had an unopened jar of Hoisin Sauce in the fridge and have been waiting for an opportunity to use it.

These spareribs smell absolutely fantastic when cooking in the crockpot.


2 lbs. lean pork spareribs

Place the spareribs on a cookie sheet (spray with non-stick spray) under the broiler for 4-5 minutes on each side.  Remove the spareribs from the tray and cut into serving size pieces.  Set aside.

4 tablespoons hoisin sauce
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice wine (not rice wine vinegar-they are different)
2 teaspoons grated orange peel
2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger*
4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced*
1 bunch green onions, sliced with green tops*

In a bowl mix together the above ingredients.

Place the spareribs in the crockpot and pour the sauce on top.  Stir enough to make sure all the spareribs are covered with sauce.

Cover and cook on low 9 to 10 hours, covering with sauce, checking for doneness or until tender.

Serves 6.

Source:  Original recipe cdkitchen, I have adapted recipe slightly.

I cooked these a day ahead (6 hours) and will re-heat for a couple of hours if necessary before serving.

Just to let you know I had these spareribs yesterday and they were delicious!  I hope you try this recipe.

As I didn’t have fresh garlic, ginger, or green onions I used 1 tablespoon of each of the Litehouse Brand garlic, ginger, and lemon grass but substituting lemon grass for the green onions.