This is a low carb version of the classic party appetizer that vanishes faster than you can take them out of the oven. Traditionally these are done with a sharp cheddar and that is what I have calculated in the nutritional info for this recipe. But other cheeses could be substituted for a different twist. I formerly made these with Carbquick. But in an effort to eliminate modern wheat from my diet, I am now making them with another combination of ingredients that a friend on LowCarbFriends (Ouizoid) is developing into a bake mix called Better Than Flour. These are not suitable for Atkins Induction phase. They are suitable for Keto diets, but not for Primal-Paleo. If you have no problems eating wheat and are well into your weight loss journey, you could substitute 1 c. Carbquick, or if gluten-free, 1 c. Jennifer Eloff’s Gluten-Free Bake Mix in lieu of all the listed dry ingredients. Also, I have since created and Einkorn flour version here: https://buttoni.wordpress.com/2014/07/05/einkorn-sausage-cheese-balls/.
1½ c. grated cheddar cheese
16 oz. ground pork, mixed with 1/4 tsp. poultry seasoning and pinch cayenne pepper
½ tsp. onion powder (optional)
¼c + 2 T. oat fiber
¼ c. + 2 T. coconut flour
3 T. plain whey protein powder
3 T. egg white protein powder (or more whey protein powder if unavailable)
1½ tsp. baking powder
1½ tsp. glucomannan powder (optional)
DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 350º. In a medium bowl, mix the ground pork well with the poultry seasoning and cayenne pepper. This is best done with your hands to blend well. Next add the grated cheddar and all dry ingredients. Work it all together with your hands until it will hold together and can be formed into balls. Roll into sixteen 1-1¼” balls. Place on ungreased baking sheet and bake at 350º for 15-20 minutes. You don’t have to turn them during baking, but they will brown more evenly if you do. Remove carefully with metal spatula, trying not to tear up, and drain off grease on paper towel. Serve warm.
NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 28 sausage balls. Each contains:
83 cals, 6.37g fat, 2.61g carbs, 1.67g fiber, 0.94 g NET CARBS, 5g protein, 120 mg sodium