Simple stuffing balls recipe, baked in a muffin pan, that are perfect for Thanksgiving or any dinner. They are crispy on the outside and moist inside!
Do you look forward to the delicious stuffing mix served for Thanksgiving? Then I have a recipe for you! This recipe is for all my stuffing lovers and Thanksgiving fanatics alike. Or anyone, really. I don’t know a single person who doesn’t love stuffing.
These stuffing balls take your traditional bread, celery onion, and herb mixture to the next level. Plus, it is one of the easiest Thanksgiving recipes you can make! Even if it’s not Thanksgiving and you’re just looking for a good side dish, these stuffing balls are IT.
Why You’ll Love Stuffing Balls
These stuffing balls are super easy to make. Unlike traditional stuffing, these balls allow for an added crispiness that makes it even more delicious! They are perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas dinner, or even just a normal weekly dinner! They are packed with flavor and pair well with a range of meals, making them an easy go-to side dish to serve with a variety of recipes. They have become a traditional family recipe in our house. Surprise your guests this Thanksgiving with this simple, tasty twist on your classic stuffing recipe.
Where Does Stuffing Come From?
You’re probably familiar with stuffing as a traditional side dish served around the holiday season, most notably—Thanksgiving. But have you ever wondered where the tradition started?
Stuffing, typically composed of herbs and starch, is used to fill the cavity during the preparation of a food item, such as a turkey or another form of poultry. Stuffing the poultry helps maintain moisture and allows the flavors to absorb.
We cannot say, for sure, when stuffing was first used, but the earliest documentation of its use comes from a Roman cookbook. Needless to say, it’s been around a long time, for good reason. It’s downright delicious!
How to Make Stuffing Balls
Ready to try this delicious side dish for yourself? This recipe is incredibly simple. I love making my own stuffing because nothing beats our good quality homebaked-style stuffing balls. Though if you prefer to use packaged stuffing, that’s fine too! Let’s round up our ingredients.
Stuffing Ball Ingredients
- Onion, finely diced
- Celery, finely diced
- Salt & pepper
- Poultry seasoning
- Chicken broth
- Whole wheat bread
- Chopped fresh parsley (or dried parsley)
Stuffing Ball Instructions
Now that you have all your ingredients together, it’s time to start this easy stuffing balls recipe!
Spray two muffin pans with nonstick spray or some olive oil.
Melt butter over medium-high heat. Then add onion and celery and cook until softened. Add seasonings.
In a large bowl, add eggs and beat with a whisk. Add chicken broth and mix to combine. Gently fold in slices of bread and parsley.
Add onion/celery mixture into the bowl and mix everything.
Add mixture evenly into muffin pans, filling them up to make about 20-24 muffins.
Bake until crispy on top. Easy peasy! Remove from the oven and place stuffing balls on a plate to serve and enjoy!
Meal Prep Stuffing Balls
You’ll be glad to know you can prepare these the day before! I know prepping for a holiday meal can be both time-consuming and stressful, so taking care of as many things in advance is essential to allow yourself to enjoy preparing special holiday dinners. Luckily, stuffing balls are easy to make and even easier to prepare in advance.
Simply follow the instructions and store in the refrigerator, covered, until ready to bake. You might need to add a few additional minutes to cooking time if you go straight from the refrigerator to the oven.
What to Serve With Stuffing Balls
Stuffing balls are a holiday favorite you can serve with roasted turkey, slow cooker turkey, rotisserie chicken, and ham. Pretty much any hearty meal! Oh, and don’t forget the gravy! Save a place on your holiday table for these tasty stuffing balls!
How to Store Stuffing Balls
If you have leftovers, you can easily store these stuffing balls in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days. They are the perfect accompaniment for the Thanksgiving leftovers you’ll be enjoying all week long.
These stuffing balls are exactly what you need to top off your big feast for the holiday season. No holiday dinner is complete without some stuffing!
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- 3/4 cup butter
- 1/2 cup onion finely diced
- 1/2 cup celery finely diced
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 cup chicken broth
- 10 cups whole wheat bread cubed
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley (or 1 tablespoon dried parsley)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Spray 2 muffin pans with nonstick spray.
- In a small skillet melt butter over medium high heat. Add onion and celery and cook until softened and translucent, about 4-5 minutes. Add salt, seasoning and pepper and mix again to combine. Set aside.
- In a large bowl add eggs and beat with a whisk. Add chicken broth and mix to combine. Gently fold in bread cubes and parsley. Add onion and celery mixture into the bowl and mix everything to fully combine.
- Add mixture evenly into muffin pans, filling them up to make about 20-24 muffins.
- Bake for 22-24 minutes or until crispy on top. Remove from oven and serve.