Stuffing Balls: Bite-Sized Thanksgiving Delights
Ah, the aroma of stuffing during the holidays! But how about we put a twist on this traditional side dish? Presenting – the ultimate stuffing balls! This recipe is not just perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas, but for any occasion you desire a comforting and savory treat. With a blend of low carb bread and cornbread stuffing, it’s a delicate balance that tantalizes the taste buds.
The Secrets Behind Perfect Stuffing Balls
- Texture Matters: The perfect stuffing ball is crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. Achieving this depends on the right moisture content. The chicken broth in our recipe ensures this!
- Freshness is Key: Use fresh ingredients whenever possible, especially the herbs. They release aromatic oils which make your stuffing balls aromatic and flavorful.
- Uniformity: Ensure all balls are of similar size. This guarantees even cooking.
- 1 cup Celery, finely chopped
- ½ cup Parsley, chopped
- ½ tbsp Ground Sage
- 1 ½ tsp Dried Thyme Leaves
- 1 tsp Kosher Salt
- 1 tsp Black Pepper
- 6 cups Low Carb Bread, toasted & chopped
- 6 cups Cornbread Stuffing
- 1 Large Egg, slightly beaten
- 1 can Chicken Broth
- eheat the Oven: Begin by preheating your oven to 375°F (190°C). While the oven is warming up, grease or line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Mix the Dry Ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, combine the finely chopped celery, chopped parsley, ground sage, dried thyme leaves, kosher salt, and black pepper. Ensure the mixture is well blended.
- Bread & Cornbread Fusion: To the same bowl, add the toasted/chopped low carb bread and cornbread stuffing. Gently mix until the bread pieces are well coated with the spices.
- Wet Ingredients: Make a well in the center of your mixture. Pour in the slightly beaten egg and gradually add the chicken broth. Stir slowly, ensuring the liquid is well absorbed, creating a moist mixture.
- Form the Balls: Using your hands or a scoop, take a portion of the mixture and shape them into golf-ball-sized balls. Place them onto the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake to Perfection: Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven. Bake the stuffing balls for approximately 20-25 minutes or until they’re golden brown and crispy on the outside, while remaining soft inside.
- Serve and Enjoy: Once baked, remove the stuffing balls from the oven and let them cool for a couple of minutes. Serve warm with gravy, cranberry sauce, or any side of your choice.
Pro Tips for Perfect Stuffing Balls
- Herb Choices: Feel free to adjust the herbs based on your preference. Fresh herbs can also be substituted for dried ones. Just remember to double the quantity when using fresh.
- Bread Tips: Ensure the low carb bread is toasted well for a crisp texture in the stuffing balls. Stale bread works wonders too!
- Storage: Leftover stuffing balls? No worries! Store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven or microwave before serving.
- With a Twist: Serve with cranberry sauce infused with a touch of orange zest.
- Classic Pair: Try it alongside roasted turkey and a rich gravy.
- Veggie Delight: Pair with a fresh green bean almondine or roasted Brussels sprouts with balsamic glaze.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Can I use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth?
Yes, vegetable broth can be a great substitute for a vegetarian version.
- Can I freeze the stuffing balls?
Absolutely! Freeze them in a single layer, then transfer to a freezer bag. They can be stored for up to 3 months.
- What can I use instead of low-carb bread?
Regular bread cubes work just as well. However, the carb content will be higher.
There you have it – the perfect stuffing balls recipe that promises a taste sensation with every bite. Perfectly crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, and bursting with flavor, they’re sure to become a staple at your festive feasts!
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