Skip to main content Share
& Save

Air Fryer Sweet Potato Sausage Balls

By Paula Deen


Featured in:

Cooking with Paula Deen Magazine

Recipe from Cooking with Paula Deen magazine.

Difficulty: Easy

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 40 minutes

Servings: 48


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot
  • 1 tablespoon minced seeded jalapeño
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ cups plain yellow cornmeal
  • 2¼ teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1½ pounds mild pork sausage
  • 1 (15-ounce) can sweet potato purée
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • pepper jelly, to serve


If preheating is recommended by your air fryer manual, preheat fryer to 375˚F.

In a medium skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add shallot and jalapeño; cook until softened, about 5 minutes.

In a large, whisk together flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt, and red pepper. Stir in shallot mixture, sausage, sweet potato, cream cheese, and Cheddar until well combined. Shape mixture into 1½-inch balls.

Working in batches, add sausage balls to air fryer basket. (Refrigerate remaining sausage balls until ready to cook.) Set temperature to 375˚F, and cook until golden brown and an instant-read thermometer inserted in center registers 160˚F, about 10 minutes. Serve with pepper jelly.