Christmas at home

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! With Christmas at the end of the week, I thought it would be fitting to share some of my family’s traditions and recipes. So I hope you enjoy joining my family as we celebrate Christmas in the USA.

Sausage Balls

This is ubiquitous with the holidays and my family. They are savory little balls that make the best breakfast, afternoon snack or late night munchie. I have to limit to only making them around Christmas or I would be making a batch every other day!

The recipe couldn’t be simpler.

This is a photo from one of my mom’s cookbooks and this is the recipe I follow but there are some tricks I’ve learned over the years.

Sausage Balls

  • 3 cups biscuit mix
  • 1 1/2 cups grated cheese
  • 1 lbs sausage

Mix above together and roll into small balls. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes.

Gluten Free Sausage Balls

  • 2 cups GF bisquick
  • 1 Tbs canola oil
  • 1 1/2 cups grated cheese
  • 1 lbs sausage

Mix above together and roll into small balls. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes.

Favorite flavor combos:

  1. Sharp cheddar and hot sausage (husbands favorite)
  2. Cheddar and original sausage (my favorite)
  3. Coby and maple sausage (perfect sweet and savory)

Tricks and Tips

  1. Mix them by hand! I know it will be tempting and some food bloggers out there will tell you otherwise, but I am here to testify that mixing these in the mixer produces a hard, tough ball. So fight the temptation to use the mixer and make these with the best tools we have, our hands.
  2. Let it rest for 10-20 minutes before forming the balls to help the sausage meat hydrate the bisquick.
  3. If it is still dry after resting, add 1 tsp of milk at a time to moisten it
  4. Baking varies and I always start at 10 and check till they are golden brown on the bottom. I typically bake them for close to 20 minutes, depending on how big I make them.
  5. The perfect size is hard to describe but it is roughly a 1 inch ball, or 1 rounded Tablespoon.

Reindeer Food

Every Christmas we make a treat for Santa’s reindeer to enjoy. It is very simple but always fun to don our coats and sprinkle this mix outside. That’s right, outside.

You will need…

  • 1 cup oats
  • Glitter

Mix the two together in a bowl or baggie, then on Christmas Eve go outside and spread it in your yard. The glitter sparkles in the moonlight and gets the reindeer’s attention so that they can enjoy an oat snack 🙂

Santa’s Milk

This is a cocktail and one of my favorite’s around Christmas, aside from warm mulled wine or spiced apple cider.

You will need…

  • 2 oz Vanilla Whiskey
  • 5 oz Whole Milk

Mix the two and serve. This drink pairs nicely with gingerbread cookies.

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