Celebrate Christmas morning with Nahunta Pork Center’s Not Your Mama’s Sausage Ball challenge winning recipe

by | Dec 22, 2023

Still looking for the perfect breakfast to serve Christmas morning. Check out this year’s winner of the Nahunta Pork Center’s Not Your Mama’s Sausage Balls Home Chef Challenge at the N.C. State Fair. John Tyler Moore of Durham took home a first-place win and $500 for his Brunch Balls recipe. For  more winning recipes from the 2023 N.C. State Fair visit https://ncstatefair.org/2023/Competitions/Entering/HomeChefChallenge.htm.

The winning recipe follows:

Brunch Balls


Sausage Balls

  • 1 pound sausage; half hot, half regular
  • 1 – 8.5 ounce package corn muffin mix
  • 1 pound sharp cheddar cheese, freshly grated
  • ½ cup flour
  • 3 tablespoons of milk
  • ½ block cream cheese, cubed into ½ inch cubes chilled

Maple Butter

  • 2 tablespoons of salted butter
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • ½ jalapeno, chopped

French Toast Sticks

  • 10 slices of day-old brioche bread, sliced into thirds
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons butter


Mix butter, maple syrup and jalapenos in small saucepan. Simmer on medium heat for 10 minutes. Strain mixture into bowl or small mason jar.
Mix sausage, muffin mix, flour and cheddar cheese in large mixing bowl until combined. Use milk to bring mixture together. Roll out sausage balls (about 1.5 ounces). Stuff cream cheese into center of sausage balls. Placed sausage balls on 13×9-inch baking pan lined with oiled foil or parchment paper. Bake in oven for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove from pan and let drain any extra grease. Brush each sausage ball liberally with maple butter.
Mix eggs, milk, vanilla and cinnamon in large mixing bowl until combined. Dip sliced bread in egg mixture and pan fry in butter on medium heat until golden brown and crispy (about 2 minutes each side).
Skewer French toast stick to sausage ball with toothpick, drizzle with maple butter.

Yields: 25-30 balls
Serving size: 2-3 balls