Thanksgiving Wrap-Up and Leftover Stuffing Bites

by Kate on November 26, 2012

Leftover Stuffing Bites

Back to the office this morning, sporting my stretchiest and most forgiving pants with the taste of turkey still on the brain – I hope everyone had a great, great, great Thanksgiving weekend :)

The last four days were full of:


Turkey… Leftover Stuffing Balls

Dessert…

Leftover Stuffing Balls

“Mikey (or my cousin Jack) likes it!”

Some kitchen mishaps…

Leftover Stuffing Balls

After attempting to make/blog my Grandmother’s amazing pecan rolls, I accidentally left the dough out overnight and THIS is what it looked like in the morning – I won’t confirm or deny if a few T-day eve cocktails were to blame…nope…

And now Christmas is in full effect at the Schoon house!

Leftover Stuffing Balls But still, I was itching to make good use of our leftovers, especially the stuffing.  I don’t know about all of you, but for me Thanksgiving isn’t about the turkey or the pies – it’s about the stuffing. I.love.stuffing.  I could eat it for days (and did). And I feel as though it never tastes as good at any other time of year than it does on Thanksgiving.  This year, I made the standard and also a Cornbread Bacon stuffing from Martha Stewart that was so delicious! We had so much of it leftover, I did all kinds of googling to see what I could do with it.  But I wasn’t finding anything that I thought sounded good.  Then for some reason, meatballs popped into my head, not really sure why.  But I thought “Why not take the stuffing as the ‘meat’ you’d use in a meatball, and prepare a ‘stuffing’ ball in a similar fashion?”.  So I pulled up the recipe for Paula’s Crockpot Meatballs,  made a few adjustments, gave it a shot, and most times when I go at things in this fashion, there’s always something that goes awry, but not this time!

Leftover Stuffing Bites

INGREDIENTS
*yields 10 larger size balls or 20 smaller ‘bite size’ ones

1.5-2 cups leftover stuffing
(If you don’t already have stuffing, Pepperidge Farm has a really nice stuffing mix that is super fast and easy to make that would work well with these too!)

1 egg

1/4 cup plain breadcrumbs

1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

FOR DIPPING SAUCE

1 cup mayonnaise

2 tbsp. honey mustard

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2) Combine egg, breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese and garlic powder in a small mixing bowl to form a paste.

3) Add the leftover stuffing to the paste, mixing with a spatula (or just your hands) until it becomes a dough like consistency.

4) Take 2 tbsp of the stuffing dough (for larger sized balls – 1 tbsp. for bite sized) and roll between the palms of your hands to form a ball.  Place stuffing balls on a baking sheet coated with non-stick cooking spray.

5) Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes – flip over and then cooking for another 10 minutes on the other side (20 minutes total).

6) Mix honey mustard and mayo together in a small mixing bowl and serve with stuffing balls as a dipping sauce.

I asked Dave to try one, and he said “It tastes like stuffing” (deep thoughts).  Which it did – but it has a nice moist texture, similar to that of a meatball, with the same great flavor that everyone loves about stuffing. It’s a great way to re-purpose your leftovers, or if you don’t have the stuffing leftover, you could whip up a quick Pepperidge Farm batch and serve these as an appetizer at your holiday parties.  And people will say “Hey, these taste like stuffing! YUM!”  – GENIUS!  Feel free to adjust the spices/seasoning if you wish – I wanted to go light on that aspect of it, only because the stuffing itself already has so much flavor that you don’t need to add a whole lot to it.

Well folks, that’s my last T-day recipe for ya – next will be ALL Christmas – ALL the time – get excited – I know I am!

*Many apologies for the less than appetizing picture – I was preoccupied with skipping through the house putting up Christmas Decorations when I realized I needed to snap a pic of these yummies before it got dark at 4pm – damn you natural light! They taste MUCH better than they look in the pic, swear!

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