So your looking for an easy homemade recipe for Sausage Stuffing? We show you how to make your own Sausage Meat Stuffing Balls with Apple and Chestnut from scratch.
They are, in my opinion, one of the best side dishes to cook for Christmas or any Roast Dinner.
How to make Sausage Meat Stuffing Balls with Apple and Chestnut?
Follow our simple slideshow video below to see the basic steps to create Sausage Meat Stuffing Balls.
Continue to read the blog posts for answers to any questions you may have?
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Can be made ahead of time and frozen. UK & US measurements are given.
What ingredients do I need for homemade stuffing?
In this case, apple sausages, chestnuts, shallots, garlic, breadcrumbs, and thyme are needed for these stuffing balls.
How to make stuffing from sausage meat?
Making stuffing from sausage meat is really easy, not to mention delicious!! So where to start!
Firstly, fry of the shallots or onions.
Can I replace shallot with onion?
Shallots will give a more delicate, slightly sweeter flavoring than onions, we find this compliments the apple nicely.
However, onions can be used still if you prefer or don't have shallots?!
Either way, make sure to saute the shallot or onions off in a pan over low heat with garlic until they are soft and golden.
Allow them to cool before adding to the other stuffing ingredients?
How to crush whole roasted chestnuts?
You can use a food processor to easily break up the whole roasted chestnuts, just a quick pulse will do.
Otherwise, if like us you can't be bothered pulling it all out! A potato masher works in the same way, to help break them up!
What sausage to use for stuffing?
So, you can buy sausage meat, which is perfect for stuffing. However, we really love the apple and pork sausages, which are not available to buy as a sausage meat pack!
Nevertheless, it only takes a few minutes to remove the sausage meat from their casing.
Simply snip with kitchen scissors or a knife and peel away.
Can I use other types of sausages?
Yes of course, use whichever sausage you like! There are so many to choose from!
Which breadcrumbs to use?
Use white or natural breadcrumbs available to buy from most shops! You could indeed make your own from sliced bread.
How to make my own breadcrumbs?
Weigh out enough sliced bread for the recipe and put in a food processor. Pulse until resembles fine breadcrumbs!
How to remove thyme leaves from the stalk?
To remove fresh thyme leaves from the stalk easily and quickly. Simply run your thumb and finger backwards down the stem.
Substituting fresh thyme with dried thyme?
If you use dried thyme or another dried herb use 1 tsp.
Add back the sauteed onion or shallot and use a spoon or your hands to mix the ingredients together.
How to shape stuffing mix into balls?
It is easy to make the stuffing mix into balls, grab some out of the bowl and roll between your hands.
You are aiming for the size of a golf ball, so remove or add more if needed?
How to oven cook Sausage Meat Stuffing Balls?
Time to put these delicious sausage stuffing balls in the oven! It is best to use a sheet of parchment on a baking tray to prevent them from stick to the tin.
What temperature and how long to cook stuffing balls on?
Cook the stuffing balls in a 200C/400F fan oven for 25 minutes.
Can sausage meat stuffing balls be made ahead?
Sausage meatballs can be made ahead and stored in an airtight container or ziplock bag until ready to oven cook.
Can I freeze stuffing balls made from sausage meat?
Yes you can freeze the stuffing balls in two ways, Whilst raw or cooked!
Raw sausage stuffing balls
Place the raw rolled out stuffing balls on a small baking sheet and allow them to freeze slightly ( so they don't stick together) before transferring to a ziplock bag.
Defrost before cooking for same amount of time as usual. Do not cook from frozen as they will take longer and dry out to much.
Freezing cooked sausage meat balls
If freezing already cooked leftover sausage stuffing balls, you can pop them straight in a freezer bag when cool.
To reheat, it is best to defrost first.
Reheat covered with foil at 190°c/375°F fan oven until warmed through about 20 minutes.
Or you can reheat in the microwave until hot throughout (time varies on how many you reheat).
Sausage Meat Stuffing Balls with Apple and Chestnut
- 1 large Shallot or 1 small onion
- 2 cloves Garlic crushed
- 180 g Pack Whole Roasted Chestnuts
- 400 g Pork & Apple Sausages or your choice of other sausage meat flavours
- 100 g Natural or White Breadcrumbs can be homemade
- 3 sprigs Fresh Thyme or 1 tsp dried herbs
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- Saute the shallot (or onion) on low heat for 5 minutes until soft and golden. Add crushed garlic for the last 2 minutes. Leave to cool.Preheat oven to 200°C / 400°F fan oven
- Use a potato masher to crush up the whole roasted chestnuts into small pieces.You can use a food processor for this step if wanted.
- Use a knife or kitchen scissors to remove the casing from sausages. Add the sausages to the bowl with the chestnuts.
- Add the breadcrumbs.
- Add thyme leaves. Run finger and thumb backwards down sprig stem to remove.
- Add the cooled down shallots to the rest of the ingredients. Season with salt & pepper.
- Mix the ingredients together, we find it easier to use hands for this.
- Grab some of the stuffing mix and roll between palms of hands to form golfball-sized balls
- Place on parchment paper or foil to prevent sticking to the tin.
- Oven bake on 200°C/400°F fan oven for 25 minutes
- Serve alongside your choice of roast dinner.
What to serve Stuffing Balls with?
Or served up as part of your Christmas Dinner! Check out our other christmas recipes such as, Small Whole Turkey , Roast Potatoes, Roasted Vegetables with Maple & Rosemary Glaze and Yorkshire Puddings too.
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We hope you enjoy your stuffing balls! Please leave us a comment below to let us know how you got on?