Kraft Stuffing Balls - Cooking From Scratch
One of the free magazines I receive is the Kraft Food and Family magazine. This is always full of great recipes and ideas, and is delivered quarterly. I pulled this recipe for Stuffing Balls out of their magazine two years ago and we have loved it ever since.
These Stuffing Balls are easy to make, but better they are easy to eat and they travel well. Do you have a potluck coming up for the holidays? This is the perfect dish to bring. You can eat them with your fingers even. You can even make these ahead of time and freeze. Then when you need them, just pull them out of the freezer and bake. To me this is a perfect side dish.
1 lb ground pork
1 6 oz package of Stove Top Stuffing mix for chicken (although I use whatever I have on hand)
3/4 cup of cranberry sauce, although I use a whole can
1/4 melted butter
1 cup water
Preheat oven to 325. Brown the ground pork and drain. Combine with the dry stuffing mix in a large bowl. Stir in the cranberry sauce, egg and water. Mix well and then shape the mixture into balls. I use a round scoop for this part and then I don't have to get my hands dirty. Place the balls on a baking sheet and brush the stuffing balls with melted butter. Bake for 20 minutes.
The recipe says that it makes 16 balls, however because I add extra cranberry sauce I end up with more. Also you can make the stuffing balls any size you want. If this is going to be a finger food or an appetizer, you can make the balls smaller. If this will be for a side dish at a sit down meal, larger stuffing balls will work better.
If you want to make these stuffing balls ahead of time prepare as directed but don't bake. Freeze on a baking sheet and once the balls are frozen place in a ziploc bag. These freeze well for up to 1 month and when you are ready to bake them, place them on a baking sheet to thaw and then bake as directed.
These stuffing balls are wonderful and I have gotten nothing but compliments on them everywhere I have taken them. Like I said they travel well! If you are looking for an easy make ahead side dish or appetizer this is it. Enjoy!