This keto sausage balls recipe is the perfect way to satisfy your meat cravings while sticking to your keto diet.
Most keto dieters rely on protein-rich fatty meats. Sausages can be made from various meats like pork, chicken, turkey, or beef. Therefore, they qualify as keto-friendly food.
However, you must pay attention when picking out the sausage meat from the grocery store. Some contain, breadcrumbs or starches, various binding agents and additives that help keep the meat together and enhance the taste. As a result, some of these contain carbs that can be detrimental to your keto diet
The best way to ensure that the sausage is keto-friendly is to make it yourself. That way, you can guarantee that all ingredients are low in carbs. Below is a keto sausage balls recipe from London Brazil (love the name!) of the Revolving Table you can follow.
Are Sausages Keto-Friendly?
Sausages are generally keto-friendly since they are made from protein-rich meat. But as mentioned, some store-bought sausages are made of carbs that could potentially kick you out of ketosis.
Related reading: How Ketosis Works for Burning Fat Faster?
If you don’t have the time to make your sausages and would prefer to buy from the store, you should carefully check the nutrition labels before buying one. Determine what the ingredients are and see if any of these ingredients contain carbs.
Also, know the grams of fibre and subtract it from the total amount of carbs to arrive at the net carbs or the exact number of carbs you will consume after eating that sausage.
Some sausage varieties that are low in carbs include chicken sausage, pork sausage, and chorizo. These are the best choices for those following a low-carb diet like keto.
Grass-fed and free range meat
The keto diet is often referred to as the bacon and butter diet as many starting out on the diet eat a lot of bacon and butter because they are familiar and tasty foods.
However, if you have decided to follow the keto or a low carb diet to lose weight or improve your health then it’s better for you if you choose meat that is grass-fed or poultry that is organic and free range.
Related reading: What’s So Good About Grass-Fed Meat?
So, try to get the best quality ground pork or beef for these sausage balls.
Where did sausage balls originate?
There are a number of suggestions as to how these balls came about but the most prevalent one is that the recipe was invented by General Mills in 1931 to sell more of their Bisquick product.
Apart from that sausage balls were popular in the South East area of the United States where they figured on party menus for Christmas, New Year, weddings, pot lucks and tailgate parties.
How to Incorporate Sausage into your Keto Diet?
While sausages are a staple food for breakfast, you should not limit yourself to breakfast. You can also have sausages for lunch, dinner, or snacks! The great thing about sausages is that everyone loves them, so you can share them with your friends and family, including those not following any low carb diet.
If you’re planning a get-together party, you can prepare this keto sausage balls recipe. It’s so quick and easy to prepare. All you need to do is mix ground sausage with cheese, low-carb flour, and seasonings, then bake them in the oven. These sausage balls are so delicious, guaranteed to delight everyone.
Related reading: 3 Best Low Carb Flour Alternatives
You can make the mixture in advance and keep it in the fridge for no longer than a day before shaping and cooking. Or you can shape in adviace and then keep in the fridge until ready to cook them.
Any cooked left over balls can be kept in the fridge in an airtight container for 2 – 3 days or you can freeze them.
I have tweaked the ingredients a little to add organic ingredients. They contain more nutrients and are better for you. The Redmond salt comes from ancient sea bed that dose not contain pollutants nor micro-plastic fibers. The more toxins you can avoid the better.
For a similar dish using chicken try this Low Carb Spicy Buffalo Chicken Meatballs Recipe. Not quite the same but this recipe for Keto Breakfast Biscuits with Turkey Sausage is just as delicious.
Keto Sausage Balls Recipe
Makes 24 balls approx
- 1 pound best quality ground pork sausage meat
- 4-ounce softened organic cream cheese
- 1 cup fine organic almond flour
- 2 tsp ranch seasoning mix
- 1 cup shredded organic Cheddar cheese or Monterey Jack
- 3 tbsp finely chopped green onions (plus extra for garnishing)
- ½ tsp. Redmond Real Sea Salt
- ¼ tsp. red pepper flakes (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 400F/200C and line a baking sheet with non-bleached parchment paper.
2. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Use a spatula to mix them until they are well combined.
3. Roll the mixture into balls using about 1½ tbsp scoops. You should be able to make about 24 balls.
4. Arrange the balls on one or two baking sheets.
5. Bake the keto sausage balls in the oven for about 15 minutes. Turn the balls over halfway through. You can also broil them for 2 to 3 minutes to crisp them even more.
6. When cooked, sprinkle with extra green onions and serve!
Here’s London’s video demo for preparing this tasty keto sausage balls recipe.