Looking for an easy, hassle free stuffing recipe you can make in advance? Look no further than these sausagemeat, sage and cranberry stuffing balls!
I believe that all the little “extra” side dishes make Christmas dinner truly exceptional, and stuffing is no exception. It just wouldn’t feel right without it!
I have 3 favourite recipes – Nigella Lawson’s amazing gingerbread stuffing, chestnut stuffing (recipe coming soon!) and this sausagemeat, sage and cranberry stuffing.
I’ve always been a fan of the sage and onion combination and when you throw sausagemeat into the mix, that’s pretty much my idea of heaven. Cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves in the form of ground allspice (not to be confused with mixed spice!) adds a little warmth and dried cranberries add a fruity festive touch. I love the way the cranberries peek out of the stuffing balls, shining like little jewels. Perfect for your Christmas dinner!
Not a fan of cranberries?
If cranberries aren’t your thing, then some chopped dried apricots would be a good alternative.
I’ll be sharing more festive side dishes in the next week including my perfect roast potatoes recipe, honey mustard parsnips and carrots, chestnut stuffing, cranberry sauce and a few sweet treats!
More Christmas side dishes –
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Sausagemeat Sage and Cranberry Stuffing Balls
- 25 g butter
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1 large onion finely chopped
- 1/2 tsp ground allspice
- 454 g sausagemeat
- 1 medium egg
- 2 tbsp fresh chopped sage
- 150 g fresh white breadcrumbs
- 50 g dried Cranberries
- 1 tsp salt
- Good grinding of freshly ground black pepper
- Heat the butter and oil in a small pan. Add the onion and cook for about 10 minutes or until softened. Add the ground allspice and cook for a further minute. Set aside to cool down a little. Preheat the oven to 200C/180Fan/400F.
- In a large bowl, combine the sausagemeat, egg, sage, breadcrumbs, cranberries, salt and pepper. Add the cooled onion mixture.
- Wet your hands (I find it so much easier to roll them if my hands are slightly wet) and roll the mixture into balls. Place the stuffing balls on a greased baking tin and bake for 30-35 minutes until cooked through and golden.