Gluten Free Sausage, Cheddar & Chive Balls

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I live around the corner from Paisano’s Meat Market on Smith Street in Brooklyn. They sell Italian sausage meat which is a fatty, spiced ground pork mixture studded with fennel seeds. You could pretty much mix anything into it and it would be AMAZING. When I was researching my International Men With Balls Brunch I came across this popular dish that’s often made with Bisquick. Mine have a much higher ratio of I made gluten free sausage and cheddar balls.
Gluten Free Sausage, Cheddar & Chive Balls


  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced fine
  • 2 pounds of sausage meat
  • 1/2 cup tapioca starch
  • 1/2 cup potato starch
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chives, chopped fine
  • 2 cups grated extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne powder (optional)
  • Cooking spray


  1. Preheat oven to 350 °.
  2. In a small skillet, sauté the onions until golden, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Cool.
  3. In a small bowl, mix the sausage meat with the onions and the remaining ingredients.
  4. Roll one ball. Heat the small skillet and cook off the ball to do a taste test. Adjust seasoning if necessary.
  5. Roll remaining mixture into 1” round balls. Place on a lightly greased sheet pan.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes until the balls are cooked through.
Total time:
Yield: 6 dozen balls


A number of recipes call for a dipping sauce or a glaze, but I think this meatier version is fine on it’s own. That said, if you want prefer you can serve it with a bbq sauce or a spicy ketchup or sriracha.