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January 22, 2014

A seriously intense meatball for your football party

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SPICY SAUSAGE MEATBALLS

You can prep this recipe in advance. Follow through the step of forming the meat mixture into balls, then arrange them on a baking sheet and freeze. Once frozen, store in plastic bags. Cook frozen meatballs as directed, but increase oven time to 35 minutes.

Start to finish: 40 minutes (15 minutes active)

Makes 36 meatballs

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon melted butter

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder or granulated garlic

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 pound grated sharp cheddar cheese

1 pound loose spicy sausage meat

2 eggs

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, butter, garlic and cayenne. Set aside.

In a second large bowl, use your hands to mix together the cheese, sausage and eggs until well-combined. Add the flour mixture, and mix for several minutes to ensure all ingredients are evenly distributed.

Pinch off about 1/4 cup of the mixture at a time, and roll into 11/2-inch meatballs. Arrange the meatballs on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes. Serve hot.

Nutrition information per meatball: 110 calories; 60 calories from fat (55 percent of total calories); 7 g fat (3 g saturated, 0 g trans fats); 35 mg cholesterol; 6 g carbohydrate; 0 g fiber; 0 g sugar; 6 g protein; 220 mg sodium.

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