Preparing stuffing balls is a delicious and easy way to enjoy stuffing as a side dish or appetizer. Here’s a simple recipe to guide you through the process:
- 4 cups of bread cubes (can be a mix of white and whole wheat bread)
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 2-3 celery stalks, finely chopped
- 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 teaspoon dried sage
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper (adjust to taste)
- 1/2 cup chicken or vegetable broth
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a baking dish or line it with parchment paper.
- In a large skillet or frying pan, melt the unsalted butter over medium heat.
- Add the chopped onions and celery to the skillet and sauté until they become soft and translucent, usually taking around 5-7 minutes.
- Stir in the minced garlic and continue cooking for another 1-2 minutes until the garlic becomes fragrant.
- Add the dried sage, dried thyme, dried rosemary, dried parsley, salt, and black pepper to the skillet. Mix well and let the herbs infuse their flavors for a minute or two.
- Pour in the chicken or vegetable broth, stirring constantly to combine all the ingredients. Allow the mixture to come to a gentle simmer.
- In a large mixing bowl, place the bread cubes. Pour the hot broth mixture over the bread cubes and toss everything together, making sure all the bread is coated with the flavorful liquid.
- Let the mixture sit for a couple of minutes to allow the bread to absorb the liquid.
- Once the bread has soaked up the liquid, add the chopped fresh parsley and beaten eggs to the bowl. Mix everything thoroughly until well combined. The eggs will help bind the stuffing balls together.
- Take a handful of the mixture and form it into a ball shape, about the size of a golf ball. Repeat this process with the rest of the stuffing mixture until you’ve formed all the stuffing balls.
- Place the stuffing balls onto the greased or lined baking dish.
- Bake the stuffing balls in the preheated oven for approximately 20-25 minutes or until they become golden brown and slightly crispy on the outside.
- Once the stuffing balls are cooked, remove them from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes before serving.
These stuffing balls can be served as a delicious side dish alongside your favorite roast, poultry, or even on their own as a tasty appetizer. Enjoy your meal!