Kid-Friendly Finger Foods | Sausage Balls & Smokies in a Blanket


New Years Eve Appetizers for Kids

Jamie here!  Whether you’re throwing a little family New Years Eve party or a bigger gathering – you’ll always need to have some “Kid-friendly” finger foods on hand – here are my two favorite recipes for quick and easy party food that my kids love to eat (and I’ll admit, I love these too!)

Sausage Balls:

Now let me start by saying that these are NOT the sausage balls that are super-greasy and brownish – but a more biscuity version that works well for parties or for an easy Christmas Morning finger-food breakfast!  Basically – the BEST version. ;)

You’ll need:

  • 1 Roll of mild ground sausage, cooked and crumbled
  • 3 Cups Bisquick or other baking mix
  • 2 Cups shredded sharp cheddar
  • 1/2 – 1 Cup Milk

After cooking the sausage, drain most of the grease off and mix it in with the bisquick.  The warm moist sausage will bind better with the dry ingredients than you think.  Add in cheese and 1/2 cup of milk, and combine with your hands.


Just get in there and get your fingers mucky – don’t be scared!  If it still feels too dry to form balls, add a little more milk until it’s more doughy.  Refrigerate for 1 hour, meanwhile preheat your oven to 350.

Take out your chilled dough and form into balls about 1 1/2″ diameter.  (They’ll puff up some in the oven)  Cook on 350 for 20 min.  Makes about 40-50 balls.

Optional Dipping Sauces: Barbecue Sauce or Ranch

To make ahead: Bake for only 10 minutes and let cool.  Seal in a ziploc bag and put in the fridge or freezer for later.  When you pull them out on Christmas morning, or at party time, cook the additional 10 minutes or until golden.


Cocktail Smokies in a Blanket:


You’ll Need:

  • 1 Package of Cocktail Smokies
  • 1 Can of Crescent Rolls


  • Pull apart Crecent roll dough along perforated lines and lie the triangles out.  Cut each triangle into roughly 3 smaller triangles with a pizza cutter.  Wrap a cocktail smoky up into each one.  Bake according to directions on crescent roll package.  Makes about 24.



Optional Dipping Sauces: ketchup, mustard, barbecue sauce


These are super easy – even the kids can help make them!  What finger foods do you like to make for the kids?


If you want to go ahead and prepare an easy buy yummy breakfast to kick off 2013 – try this recipe for Make Ahead Breakfast Casserole!



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