Cranberry Cheddar Sausage Bites- Recipe

This was another exceptional Pinterest find.  I am always on the lookout for easy but tasty ideas I can make for fast dinners, or have a around as snacks.  Since cranberries are currently in season and very easy to find I picked some up as well as the sausage, and made them for dinner one night last week.

For 3 days last week I ate the leftovers as breakfast- which I loved.

Here is the recipe I used below, and here is the original.

What you need:

  • 1 lbs sweet Italian Sausage
  • 1/3 cup fresh cranberries, chopped
  • 1 cup grated white Cheddar cheese
  • 2 tbsp minced shallots
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 & line a baking sheet with foil
  2. Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl.  You can do this using a spatula or your hands (I recommend the spatula) – until fully incorporated
  3. Roll the mixture into balls, place on baking sheet
  4. Bake for 25 minutes

I have one huge recommendations: use pomegranate versus cranberries.  With cranberries you get a savory and sour taste rather than sweet and savory.


This recipe makes about 24 balls, and as I said above I took my to work for several days to eat for breakfast, and I really liked it- it was a nice change up from eggs.

Nutrition Facts (for 1 ball)

96 Calories

7 g of Fat

3 g of Saturated Fat

19 mg of Cholesterol

265 mg of Sodium

10 mg of Potassium

3 g of Carbohydrates

5 g of Protein

As I said – made a big batch of these, and would eat a couple for my breakfast, and would a few for snacks.  I also recommend when you go to the store asking your butcher about the leanest cut of sausage you can get.  When I went to the grocery store they didn’t have the sweet sausage so I opted for a plainer variety.

I really enjoyed this and will definitely be making them again (with pomegranate vs cranberries).  I ate them both cold and warm, and liked them either way.  These would also be great for entertaining/appetizers- which was kind of what was recommended in the original recipe/blog post, and I agree.  Overall this is a simple and pretty versatile recipe, that is probably not the “cleanest” eat but also not that “unclean” either.


What are some of your favorite recipes?

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