Chestnut Stuffing Balls, with Options

Chestnut Stuffing Balls,

There are decided advantages to making Stuffing Balls instead of more traditional turkey stuffing.

  1. • It's easier than stuffing and un-stuffing a turkey.
  2. • The balls are perfect-portion size.
  3. • The bird cooks faster without the stuffing.
  4. • Besides that, they're cool and make great appetizers.

Go with classics like chestnuts and sage, choose yummy options, or use  your favorite old stuffing recipe. Most can be adapted.

Chestnut Stuffing Balls

As much as it pains me to say so, white bread works better in this recipe. So, I say, if it's going to be white-- make it sourdough or half sourdough, half other.  

10 cups cubed stale bread, crusts removed (about 1 1-lb loaf)
1 cup butter (2 sticks)
1 medium onion, chopped
4 stalks celery, trimmed and sliced
1 tablespoon fresh chopped sage
2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper, or to taste
1 cup roasted, peeled, chopped chestnuts
2 beaten eggs
1 cup chicken broth or more

Place the bread cubes in a large bowl and set aside.

In a medium skillet, melt the butter and sauté the onions and celery until soft. Stir in the seasonings. Pour the butter mixture over the bread cubes, tossing and coating evenly. Add the nuts.

Whisk the eggs and 1 cup chicken broth together. A little at a time, pour the broth over the bread, stirring as you go, just until softened enough for a handful of the bread to hold together when squeezed. You may need more broth.

Roll the stuffing into 2 1/2" to 3" balls. Place on a greased baking sheet and bake in a 375° oven for about 20 minutes, until set. Makes 16 to 20 balls.


  • Substitute chopped walnuts or pecans for the chestnuts.
  • Sausage Stuffing Balls: Brown 1 pound of ground sausage or pork. Add to the bread cubes before the broth and proceed with the recipe. You will likely need less broth.
  • Add 2 cups chopped fresh mushrooms to the bread mixture.
  • Make slightly smaller balls and serve as appetizers with dipping sauce

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