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Sausage Cheese Biscuit Bites 2 Ways

Sausage Cheese Biscuit Bites 2 Ways

Like many of you, my favorite day of the work week is Friday. Don’t get me wrong, I am ecstatic for the upcoming weekend but what really gets me to school, bright eyed and ready to go is our Friday breakfast. I am really fortunate in that I love my job. Thirteen years of teaching history has taught me there are a lot of wonderful kids who I truly look forward to getting to know and teaching and laughing with throughout the school year. In addition to my amazing students, I have the best colleagues. THE BEST. They are passionate about defending social studies education and passing it along to the next generation and they make amazing muffins and bring in yummy donuts to share. I love them for all of those reasons (but maybe I’m inclined to do so a bit more for the donuts, which really are the perfect food!). Every Friday we take turns bringing in breakfast to share with our hallway. It is a wonderful, relaxed 20 minutes in the morning we use to recap our weeks and discuss our weekend plans (grading, anyone?!). It really energizes us to make it through Friday.  The recipe I am going to share with you today is one I have made to some acclaim when it has been my turn to make Friday breakfast. I know, I know there are 1,000 of these sausage cheese bite recipes online.  Heck, you probably have an aunt’s recipe written down on some discolored paper somewhere in your kitchen (or if you are like me, jammed inside 1 of a hundred cookbooks on your bookshelf that do not get opened nearly enough). But mine are delightful, like really, really fantastic and they have a little twist, as you shall see.  Whenever I cook, I also appreciate versatility so I made this biscuit recipe into two different ones for you! One is more for dinner or a light lunch and the other for breakfast. Also, you can freeze these too and doubling the recipe is simple. They are obviously perfect to share with co-workers, husbands, in-laws, your knitting circle, at a Star Wars convention‚ the list goes on and on. You can make the biscuits on the small side, which would be a perfect nibble to bring to a wine tasting or make them a little heartier and serve them with an Italian style chopped garden salad. Or, just keep them all to yourself and eat them off the pan, hot, buttered and cheesy, right out of the oven. Enjoy!
Italians Sausage Biscuit Bites

Ingredients:

1 lb. cooked and crumbled hot or sweet Italian sausage
3 cups Bisquick
12 oz. Italian cheese (I use mozzarella and provolone‚ a smoked provolone would be yummy too!)
1 ½ cup milk
1 tsp. crushed red pepper (or to taste)
1 Tbs. grated fresh Parmesan cheese
5 basil leaves cut into a chiffonade
1 Tbs. finely chopped parsley (this is optional but really wonderfully fresh tasting)
1 tsp. dried oregano or dried Italian seasonings
1 tsp. garlic powder
cup milk
Serve with your own marinara sauce or a jarred sauce (if I don’t have homemade, my absolute favorite is Rao’s marinara, pricey but totally worth it).

1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Cook and crumble the sausage. If it came in links, split the casings open and crumble the sausage in a pan on top of the stove over medium heat. Break it up as it cooks and drain when finished.
3. While sausage cooks, add all other ingredients, except milk, to the biggest mixing bowl you have (trust me)
4.  After the sausage is cooked and drained, add it to the Bisquick mixture and add milk. Mix together by hand - it is a stiff mixture but will eventually come together, just keep at it (or make your husband do it, that’s my trick!)
5. Form mixture into 1-½ inch balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet.
6. Bake for 15-17 minutes if they are on the smaller side and 18 -22 minutes if they are bigger. They should be fairly hard to the touch but still a little smushy.
7. Serve with your favorite marinara sauce!

Breakfast Sausage Biscuit Bites

1 lb. breakfast sausage (I like Jimmy Dean and if I’m home in Ohio, Bob Evans)
3 cups Bisquick
6 green onions, tops removed and finely chopped, include both green and white parts
12 oz. cheddar jack cheese (or just all cheddar or really, whatever you prefer)
1 ½ cup milk
½ tsp. fresh cracked pepper
½ cup grape jelly

1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Cook and crumble the sausage. If it came in links, split the casings open and crumble the sausage in a pan on top of the stove over medium heat. Break it up as it cooks and drain when finished.
3. While sausage cooks, add Bisquick, cheese, green onions and pepper to the biggest mixing bowl you have (trust me).
4. After the sausage is cooked and drained, add it to the Bisquick mixture and add milk. Mix together by hand - it is a stiff mixture but will eventually come together.
5.  Form mixture into 1-1 ½ inch balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet.
6. Bake for 15-17 minutes if they are on the smaller side and 18 -22 minutes if they are bigger. They should be fairly hard to the touch but still a little smushy.
7. Wait for them to cool slightly and then brush with grape jelly (I just get my kitchen paint brush and paint the top). I know it sounds odd but I promise you will love the sweet salty flavor it gives! If grape jelly isn’t your thing, a spicy honey butter or even a pepper jelly would also be fantastic.

 

 

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