Italian Sausage Balls

  • 1/2 pound sweet Italian sausage links, casings removed
  • 1 cup grated lighter mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup self-raising flour
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 24 fresh basil leaves
  • 12 slices pickled red peppers from a jar

Serves: 24 sausage balls

Position a rack in the top of the oven, and preheat to 190°C. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment.

Beat the sausage, mozzarella, flour and oil in the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment until the mixture just comes together. Shape the mixture into balls, using a level tablespoon for each, and set them on the prepared baking sheet at least 1 inch apart (you should have about 24).

Bake the sausage balls until lightly golden brown and slightly puffed, 12 to 15 minutes, turning them halfway through.

To serve, skewer a basil leaf (if the leaves are large, fold them in half), a pepper slice and a sausage ball onto a toothpick. Repeat with the remaining toothpicks and ingredients.

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