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Sausage Stuffing Balls

Delicious, soft and juicy sausage stuffing balls made with sausage, apple, garlic and herbs. These bite sized beauties are perfect for any festive spread, be it Christmas, Thanksgiving or just because it's the best time of the year! Serve with homemade cranberry sauce.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Chilling Time10 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: British
Servings: 16 balls (roughly)
Calories: 97kcal
Author: Emily Kemp


  • 14.8 oz/ 420g (around 6 sausages) Sausages , high quality removed from their casings
  • 1 small Sweet Apple
  • 2 tablespoon Fresh Breadcrumbs
  • 1 small (or half large) Red/Purple Onion
  • 2 cloves Garlic , minced
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh Rosemary , finley chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • Salt and pepper to season
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil , for frying


  • Preheat the oven to 350F/180°C.
  • Grate the apple and onion using a box grater or shredding attachment on a food processor.
  • Place all ingredients apart from the olive oil in a large mixing bowl. Using your hands mix all ingredients together until throughly combined.
  • Shape the sausage stuffing mixture into meatballs using your hands (this makes around 16 balls). PLace in the fridge for 10 minutes.
  • Put 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a pan and brown the stuffing balls all over. Place the balls on a baking tray and cover with tin foil. Bake the balls for 25-30 minutes until cooked through and juicy.


Top Tips For Making Sausage Stuffing Balls

  • Use high quality sausages. This is very important and a crucial ingredient to get right, stick to 97%+ pork meat if possible with coarsely ground meat.
  • Go for a sweet apple rather than a sour or tart variety.
  • Use fresh homemade breadcrumbs, these with soak up a lot of moisture and keep the stuffing balls juicy. I use stale ciabatta for making breadcrumbs but you can use any crusty bread you have. Don't substitute for dry storebought breadcrumbs.
  • No egg. Don't be tempted to add an egg to the mixture, there's no need for it as the sausage meat helps bing everything together.
  • Season the mixture well with salt and pepper. If you are using Italian sausages then they may not need added salt.
  • You can make these in advance and store in the freezer.


You can add different herbs, spices and flavourings to these stuffing balls they're so easy to adapt, here are some ideas;
  • Swap the apple for a small pear
  • Try adding fresh thyme, basil, sage or parsley
  • Add dried cranberries to make them extra festive (this will add more sweetness)
  • Add chili flakes / red pepper flakes for a spicy kick
  • Use shallot instead of onion


Calories: 97kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 176mg | Potassium: 77mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.4mg