Mama’s Sausage-Pecan Balls

(from saymyname’s recipe box)

3 dozen

Categories: Appetizers, Pork


  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • 10 ounces sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable shortening, at room temperature (Crisco)
  • 8 ounces raw mild pork sausage


  1. Preheat oven to 350°; line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Add pecans to the work bowl of a food processor fitted with metal blade.

  3. Pulse until chopped, but not too finely.

  4. Remove to a bowl and set aside.

  5. Replace the blade with the grating disc and grate the cheese; remove cheese to a second bowl; set aside.

  6. Switch back to the metal blade (no need to clean bowl) add flour, baking powder, salt, and cayenne pepper to bowl of food processor; pulse to combine.

  7. Add in the shortening and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse meal.

  8. Add in the grated cheese and the sausage; pulse until well combined.

  9. Transfer mixture to a bowl; add in the reserved pecans and, using your hands, press the dough together until well combined (the dough will be very crumbly).

  10. To for the balls, use a small ice cream scoop and your hands, shape mixture into 1-inch balls and place about 1 inch apart on the prepared baking sheet.

  11. Bake 20-25 minutes, until browned; remove to a rack to cool; serve immediately.

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