When trying to think of things to make for Lindsey and Johnny's shower, coming up with make-ahead savory appetizers was the hardest part. I was sold on doing bacon wrapped apples until just a day or two before the shower. Then I decided I didn't want both of my savory options to be bacon and I was already making the apple shaped bacon cheddar ranch cheese ball. So, I called a game time audible and switched to sausage meatballs. I knew these would be a hit because Lindsey used to make similar meatballs (without the apple) when we would have game nights at her house. So, I went to work!
I actually made the meatballs two days ahead of time and put them in the freezer. That way all I would have to do the afternoon of the shower is get them out and put them in the oven. The meatballs were just bigger than bite size (maybe even bite sized depending on your mouth and your manners!) so they cooked quickly even from frozen. They were popular too, I only had three meatballs left after the party!
Apple Cheddar Meatballs
Makes about 3 dozen small meatballs
1 lb pork sausage
8 oz sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1/3 cup apple, shredded
1/4 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup all-purpose baking mix
- Stir all ingredients together until evenly mixed.
- Shape into small (about 1") meatballs. Don't pack too tightly, just enough that they hold together.
- Either place on a lightly greased rimmed baking sheet and bake immediately or place in the freezer until ready to use.
- Bake at 375 F for 12-14 minutes if baking immediately or 16-17 minutes if baking from frozen.
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