aunt helen’s balls


okay, folks, before we get started, i have to confess that i am in no way related to this aunt helen.  my aunt cindy, who is my actual aunt from my dad’s side, has a friend cheryl.  aunt cindy and cheryl play bunco together, and it is cheryl’s aunt helen who is the originator of this recipe.  it took a quick phone call to actually find out that information, and now we know!  this simple appetizer is a solid recipe to have in your box and is a good base for something even more amazing.  maybe try it with some finely chopped asparagus or some green pepper/red chili mix.  my first though was bacon because as we know, just like puppies, bacon makes everything better!


1 pound hamburger meat

1 can tomato sauce


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 1 package dry onion soup mix (try not to turn it into french onion dip, even though it’s the most amazing dip in all the world)

1 cup grated cheddar cheese (that your mother so kindly and furiously grated for you – thanks, mom!)

dash of hot sauce

3 packages pillsbury crescent rolls (those heavenly pillows that come in a tube)


cook the hamburger meat.

add in soup mix…..


…cheddar cheese…

….tomato sauce and hot sauce.

let the meat mixture sit in the refrigerator for an hour.

unroll and cut each roll rectangle into thirds.  you want enough individual dough pockets to make 36 balls.

place a small amount of the meat mixture into each dough pocket, wrapping the dough around the meat.

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here, you can freeze the balls on a cookie sheet, in a ziplock bag, or in a tupperware for later use.

OR, if you’re like my family and you cannot wait to keep eating, place them on parchment paper-lined cookie sheets, about a 1/2 inch apart, and bake at 375 degrees fahrenheit for 20-30 minutes until browned.

then, if you have some leftover, make sure you bag those puppies up and put them in the refrigerator.  don’t leave them out on the counter at room temperature like we did.  hehe.

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