While stuffing recipes often consist of more starch-based ingredients, in the UK it is common to have a meat based stuffing, and it is often not cooked inside the bird as is traditional, but offered on the side, more as a dressing, as it might be called in the South!
This is a very useful recipe for people who are counting carbs or are eating a paleo diet since this is a paleo recipe. Not to mention this stuffing recipe is easy as pie – actually, easier than pie!
My family always enjoys these at Thanksgiving and Christmas, and I always make extra, as it makes excellent leftovers!
How to Make Stuffing Balls
For reheating as leftovers, either put back in the oven and heat until warmed through or slice and saute gently in butter. They’re also good cold for snacking on.
- 1lb ground meat; we tend to use ground pork or ground turkey
- 3/4 cup fresh cranberries, chopped into quarters
- 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
- 2 Tbsp butter
- 1/2 cup raisins or golden raisins
- 1 small apple, peeled and roughly chopped (not shown in image – I forgot it until the last minute!)
Melt the butter in a skillet and toast the pine nuts until they are golden, and then allow to cool.
Take all the remaining ingredients, and put in a large bowl with the cooled toasted pine nuts. Mix them together well.
Roll into balls slightly larger than a golf ball. They can be larger if you like, but just ensure that they are uniform, so they cook evenly.
Cook in a 400F oven for 30-40 minutes, depending on size.
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Katy Light has a 44 acre homestead in North Georgia, where she raises goats, rabbits, sheep and chickens. She is passionate about self-sufficiency, natural ways to live, and fiber. Find her blog atwww.poppycreekfarm.com. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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