Sunday, November 21, 2010

I posted this last Thanksgiving, but I think there are a lot of readers who may not have seen it.

STUFFING BALLS
Here’s my all time favorite Thanksgiving tip. We love stuffing and I generally make a big casserole dish of it. It’s not my personal preference to eat the stuffing that was cooked in the bird- a little too greasy for me- but that’s just me. Everybody likes the crispy crunchy top of the stuffing. So-- what I do these days is make “stuffing balls”. I use an ice cream scoop (any size- it’s your preference) to scoop out the stuffing onto a cookie sheet (I have a silpat sheet I line it with but you could use parchment or spray with Pam). I do this ahead of time, or assign it as a job to someone who “wants to help”. Close to serving time, I pop the tray in the oven to warm the stuffing and crisp them up. The balls look nice in the bowl and they’re always a hit- especially with new guests who haven’t seen them before. These freeze well, too. Great to make extra and have some in the freezer to bring out as a side dish when it’s not Thanksgiving. We like them with chicken or pork chops.

12 comments:

Jackie said...

They look delicious - what a great idea! We generally make dressing here. What stuffing recipe do you use? Anything I can freeze for later is a great thing for us.

WoolenSails said...

I do like that idea and nice to pop a couple in the oven afterwards for reheating.

Debbie

Barb said...

You are right, we all love crunchy dressing, what a great idea!!!!

Melinda said...

I am going to try this - what a great idea.

Sarah Craig said...

My husband has done this ever since we got married (31 Thanksgivings ago!) It's a family tradition around our house - and they keep so nice to go with leftover turkey!

QuiltSue said...

What a good idea to make some extra and freeze them.

I made your tarragon chicken this weekend by the way. It was yummy, thanks for the recipe.

Joanne Lendaro said...

Great idea!! thanks for sharing, you are right we all love the crunchy side pieces and the top! Takes less time this way?

Natasha said...

Your stuffing looks alot like what my mom makes - can you post the recipe!!

Lori said...

what a great idea--I'm going to try that.

Micki said...

We're all going to try that, I know...it sounds fantastic.
Micki

Melinda said...

I made the balls today and really loved how they turned out. Thank you so much for the great idea. I am going to make these from now on.

Osage Bluff Quilter said...

Oh I hope I remember those dressing balls the next time I make dressing. It would wipe out all the gooey middle stuff! thaks for the tip.