Sprouted Wheat Stuffing Balls with Sausage

by Marla on December 19, 2009 · 12 comments

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As much as I love holiday traditions and flavors I LOVE to step outside the box too. Traditional Thanksgiving stuffing baked inside a big pan (or bird) is great, but I wanted to stir the pot a bit. Making balls out of stuffing put a twist on a classic.  These Stuffing Balls were a hit with my husband, myself and the kids.  They are a fun, tasty, healthy take on a holiday tradition.  The little sausage surprise inside makes each one extra special. These can also be served as appetizers. Make them big or small, whatever you like!

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Yes, even your holiday stuffing can be loaded with good for you ingredients and still taste amazing.  With my recipe we get loads of unrefined whole grains in the sprouted wheat bread.  This type of bread is also known as “flourless bread.”

Why are sprouted grain foods so good for us?  How is sprouted different from regular yeasted bread?

  • This bread is closer to the source.  Less refined ingredients means more health benefits coming our way.
  • The grains are sprouted before they are made into flour.  This increases the valuable vitamins, minerals, fiber and protein in the grain.
  • The flavor in sprouted bread is amplified and made more fabulous, because the ingredients are truer to their source.
  • There is no yeast added to sprouted grain breads.  Many people with an intolerance to traditional wheat based, yeasted bread do OK with sprouted grains.
  • Most sprouted breads are ec0-friendly, made with sustainable, organic ingredients.
  • Here is a carb that is low on the Glycemic Index.  This means we can sustain healthy energy levels without huge sugar crashes.
  • Food for thought.  Go out and grab some sprouted bread next time you are at the market!

To read more about the health benefits of sprouted grains click the following links:

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Natural Therapy Pages: The Benefits of Sprouted Grains

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Sprouted Wheat Stuffing Balls {with Andouille Sausage}

Makes Ten 3″ Stuffing Balls

  • Source Organic ingredients when available
  • Shop for ingredients at the Family Fresh Cooking Amazon Store
  • As always, use your own taste buds to determine how you want to season your recipe.  My ingredient lists are wide open for interpretation.   I would love to hear your take!
  • You can visitEzekiel and Alvarado St. Bakery to see and buy the full range of their sprouted grain products.  Just remember to store your sprouted grain bread in the fridge to maintain it’s freshness!  I usually buy mine at Whole Foods

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 Loaf Sprouted Grain Bread
  • 1 Onion finely chopped
  • Roughly 8 Cloves of Garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 Medium Carrots, finely chopped
  • 2 Celery Stalks, finely chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Shelled Roasted Chestnuts, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbs Rosemary, finely chopped (I used fresh, you might adjust a bit if you use dried.)
  • Cracked Black Pepper
  • Handful Fresh Italian Parsley, finely chopped (a few Tbs dried OK too)
  • 1 Cup hot Chicken or Vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup Egg Whites
  • Splash of good Olive Oil
  • A few Nitrate free Chicken Andouille Sausage, browned and chopped into small pieces.

METHOD

  • Preheat oven to 350˚F
  • Break bread into pieces, lay on a sheet pan in a single layer. Toast for about 15 minutes until browned and crispy.  You can toss once during cooking to ensure even toasting.
  • In a medium sauté pan set to medium heat, add splash of olive oil, onion and garlic.  Sauté for a few minutes until fragrant.  Add celery, carrots, pepper and rosemary.  Continue to cook until all veggies are softened and a bit caramelized.  Stir a few times to cook evenly.
  • Take veggies off stove.  Cool veggies in a bowl for a bit so you can handle them.
  • In bowl combine toasted bread crumbs, sautéed veggies, chestnuts, egg whites, broth and parsley.  Mix well with your hands.
  • Form stuffing balls as you would meatballs.  You can make them any size you wish,  just adjust cooking time if you go up or down in size.  I shaped ours into 3″ balls.
  • With your finger poke a hole into the stuffing ball and add a small piece of sausage inside.  Push into the center of the ball.
  • Line or spray a sheet pan, place your stuffing balls on it and bake uncovered for about 35-40 minutes.  When done the tops should be golden brown and a bit crispy.

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Variations

  • Throw in some chopped dried cranberries, apricots or raisins to add a little sweetness.
  • Add a handful of chopped toasted nuts.   Pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts or almonds would all be great!
  • Leftovers:  I used a leftover Stuffing Ball as a base for my lunch sandwich.  I thinly sliced some turkey (you can use deli meat too,) cut my stuffing ball in half and put the turkey inside.  A knife and fork worked best for this sandwich as it is soft and crumbly.   Next time I make this i’ll get a picture for you guys.  I was too hungry to grab a shot!  You can use leftover Sweet Potato mash or Cranberry Sauce as a spread on your stuffing sandwich.
  • I used the Chicken Andouille from Trader Joe’s.  You can go any direction here and get great results.  The sausage is not the main ingredient, it is just a small surprise in the middle.  You can even go vegetarian, add chunks of tofu hot dogs if you wish.  I once had a sausage made from wild salmon, you could go that route.  Bison too….the choices are endless!
  • You can also chop up extra sausage and combine it throughout your stuffing ball instead of just the “surprise” in the middle.  Add bits of sausage to the bowl when you combine all ingredients.

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