Here is a tasty recipe that will certainly have your family and guests asking for more! You can make them with Two Little Buns gluten & dairy free croutons, and mix it up each time with different flavor combinations! We have herb, onion & chive, and basil croutons. If you happen to have some of our bread- you can use that too! I will explain how to make the stuffing balls using croutons or bread.
You will need:
6 cups croutons (or bread cut into cubes)
1 pound pork sausage (optional)
2-3 tbsp olive oil
3 celery stalks
1 yellow onion
2 garlic cloves
Salt & Pepper to taste
1 tsp Sage (dried or fresh optional)
1 cup chicken broth (or 1/2 cup if using bread cubes)
Begin by heating the oven to 200 degrees. Place 6 cups of croutons in a large oven safe dish and drizzle with half a cup of chicken broth. Loosely cover the container and place in the oven to warm and absorb while preparing the rest of the ingredients. About 15 minutes. (If you want to use bread cubes instead, skip this step.)
On the stove top, heat a skillet and cook the sausage until browned. While the sausage is cooking, dice up celery and onion. I like to dice both quite fine, which makes it much easier to form the stuffing balls. If you are using link sausage, dice it up finely after cooking. Place in a large bowl and set aside.
Add the olive oil and veggies to the same skillet. Add crushed garlic, S&P, and sage. Allow to cook over medium heat until onions become soft and translucent. Add to large mixing bowl with sausage. Remove croutons from the oven and raise the temperature to 350 degrees.
Whisk two eggs in a small bowl. Set aside for a moment. Add croutons (or bread cubes) to the large mixing bowl which already contains the meat and veggies. Pour in the whisked egg and a half cup of chicken broth. Mix well.
Begin forming stuffing balls with your hands. Give them a decent squeeze to assure they will hold together. I like to make 1.5 inch stuffing balls. Place on a cookie sheet about 1 inch apart from each other. Bake for 15-20 minutes. (If you make the stuffing balls larger, bake time will be longer.)
Recipe makes about 20-24 stuffing balls. YUM!