Festive Jack Daniel's Stuffing Balls, a great snack or side for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Juicy pork flavored with Jack Daniel's, cranberry & chestnuts. These little bites are so delicious! Packed full of flavor and juicy to the bite.

Festive Jack Daniel's Stuffing Balls, a perfect snack, appetizer or side to your Thanksgiving or Christmas menu. Juicy pork, flavored with Jack Daniel's, cranberry and chestnuts to give you a lovely Festive feeling.

I decided to come up with a few different appetizers and snacks for the Festive Christmas and Thanksgiving holidays. One of my new recipes is these Festive Jack Daniel's Stuffing Balls. I'm not normally a fan of stuffing because I often find it can be too overpowering with herbs, or it can be dry, or if shop bought, overly salty.

So I decided to make my very own, using ingredients which I enjoy and also ingredients which will make the stuffing balls juicy and packed with delicious flavor, and of course with a festive tone to them. So here we have our Festive Jack Daniel's Stuffing Balls.

For this recipe, I've used ready-made pork sausagemeat. It's readily available in the chilled section of the supermarket. If you wanted to make your own, or you can't get hold of sausagemeat, you can also buy 1 lb of your favorite sausages, remove the skins and use that way.

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Festive Jack Daniel's Stuffing Balls,sausagemeat

For the flavor, I've added Jack Daniel's. This gives the stuffing balls a lovely flavor, but without the harshness of the alcohol because it is cooked off in the oven. The smell is quite amazing when it's baking too! The Jack Daniel's, combined with the cranberry sauce will also stop the stuffing balls from drying out so you will indeed end up with juicy little bites for your guests!

In this recipe, I've also used cooked chestnuts. You often see this ingredient in the baking section, and they come in vacuum bags or cans/jars, cooked and peeled.  Chestnuts give a wonderful additional layer of flavor, a little 'earthy', and a little sweetness. Yummy! The photo below is a bag I bought in my local Aldi store.

Festive Jack Daniel's Stuffing Balls,showing chestnuts

If you'd like to make ahead, you can mix up the ingredients and shape out the stuffing balls and then freeze them so they're ready for baking when you have your party.

You can serve these hot from the oven, say with a honey roast ham, like in the photo below, or simply as party food, perhaps even put a cocktail stick in each one to make it easier for people to serve themselves at a party.

Festive Jack Daniel's Stuffing Balls, a perfect snack, appetizer or side to your Thanksgiving or Christmas menu. Juicy pork, flavored with Jack Daniel's, cranberry and chestnuts to give you a lovely Festive feeling.

So let's get straight to the recipe and see how we make these delicious Festive Jack Daniel's Stuffing Balls. Please enjoy!

Ingredients

1 lb or 450 g Pork Sausagemeat
2 Tablespoons Jack Daniels
1 Cups or 250 g Whole, Cooked Chestnuts
Zest 1 Orange
8 Slices Frozen White or Brown Bread, made in to crumbs
1 Egg, beaten
1 Teaspoon Dried or 2 leaves fresh Sage, chopped
1 Small Onion, Finely Chopped
2 Tablespoons Cranberry Sauce
Salt and Pepper to season
2 Tablespoons flour for rolling
1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil

Makes approx 30 Stuffing balls

Instructions

1. Preheat Oven to 375 F or 190 C.
Using a food processor, blitz the frozen slices of bread until fine crumb. Set aside. You may need to blitz the bread slices in batches depending on the size of your processor.

Festive Jack Daniel's Stuffing Balls,making breadcrumbs
Festive Jack Daniel's Stuffing Balls,making breadcrumbs

2. Very finely chop the chestnuts and onion, and transfer to a mixing bowl

3. Add the Cranberry Sauce, Jack Daniel's, orange zest and sage. Mix together until well combined.

Festive Jack Daniel's Stuffing Balls, mixing ingredients

4. Then add the breadcrumbs, again, mix until well combined.

Then add the sausage meat and beaten egg and combine. Season with salt and pepper.

Festive Jack Daniel's Stuffing Balls, add sausagemeat

5. Put the dusting flour in a small bowl, and taking a heaped tablespoon of the stuffing mixture, use your hands to shape into golf ball size pieces.

Festive Jack Daniel's Stuffing Balls, shape into balls

Roll in the flour then place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Continue to make the stuffing balls until all the mixture is used up.

Festive Jack Daniel's Stuffing Balls, shape into balls

6. Spray lightly or brush with some olive oil and place in the oven for about 10 minutes, giving them a toss halfway through. When golden brown, remove from the oven and serve warm.

You can also pan fry these in a skillet. Just add a very small amount of olive oil and fry until golden. Just shake or toss the balls so they cook evenly.

Festive Jack Daniel's Stuffing Balls, a perfect snack, appetizer or side to your Thanksgiving or Christmas menu. Juicy pork, flavored with Jack Daniel's, cranberry and chestnuts to give you a lovely Festive feeling.

TIP: If you wish to make different shapes, roll out carefully on a work surface and using a Christmas shape cookie cutter, make various shapes. Note the baking time will be slightly different so keep an eye on them!

Festive Jack Daniel's Stuffing Balls, a perfect snack, appetizer or side to your Thanksgiving or Christmas menu. Juicy pork, flavored with Jack Daniel's, cranberry and chestnuts to give you a lovely Festive feeling.

We'd love to hear from you and what you thought of our Festive Jack Daniel's Stuffing Balls. Did you make any changes or add some other goodies? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks for reading and happy cooking!

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Festive Jack Daniel's Stuffing Balls, a perfect snack, appetizer or side to your Thanksgiving or Christmas menu. Juicy pork, flavored with Jack Daniel's, cranberry and chestnuts to give you a lovely Festive feeling.

Festive Jack Daniel's Stuffing Balls

Yield: 30
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Festive Jack Daniel's Stuffing Balls, a perfect snack, appetizer or side to your Thanksgiving or Christmas menu. Juicy pork, flavored with Jack Daniel's, cranberry and chestnuts to give you a lovely Festive feeling.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb or 450 g Pork Sausagemeat
  • 2 Tablespoons Jack Daniels
  • 1 Cups or 250 g Whole, Cooked Chestnuts
  • Zest 1 Orange
  • 8 Slices Frozen White or Brown Bread, made in to crumbs
  • 1 Egg, beaten
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried or 2 leaves fresh Sage, chopped
  • 1 Small Onion, Finely Chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons Cranberry Sauce
  • Salt and Pepper to season
  • 2 Tablespoons flour for rolling
  • 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil

Instructions

1. Preheat Oven to 375 F or 190 C.

Using a food processor, blitz the frozen slices of bread until fine crumb. Set aside. You may need to blitz the bread slices in batches depending on the size of your processor.

2. Very finely chop the chestnuts and onion, and transfer to a mixing bowl

3. Add the Cranberry Sauce, Jack Daniel's, orange zest and sage. Mix together until well combined.

4. Then add the breadcrumbs, again, mix until well combined.

Then add the sausage meat and beaten egg and combine. Season with salt and pepper.

5. Put the dusting flour in a small bowl, and taking a heaped tablespoon of the stuffing mixture, use your hands to shape in to golf ball size pieces. Roll in the flour then place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Continue to make the stuffing balls until all the mixture is used up.

6. Spray lightly or brush with some olive oil and place in the oven for about 10 minutes, giving them a toss halfway through. When golden brown, remove from the oven and serve warm.

TIP: If you wish to make different shapes, roll out carefully on work surface and using a Christmas shape cookie cutter, make various shapes. Note the baking time will be slightly different so keep an eye on them!

 

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 30 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 74Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 26mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 5g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate

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