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Pine nut, apple and sage stuffing balls recipe

Pine nut, apple and sage stuffing balls recipe

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These pine nut, apple and sage stuffing balls are gluten-free, dairy-free and mouth-wateringly moreish – the perfect addition to your Christmas lunch or Sunday roast. See method

  • Serves 6 (makes 24)
  • 15 mins to prepare and 1 hr to cook
  • 119 calories / serving
  • Healthy
  • Gluten-free
  • Dairy-free


  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 onions, finely chopped
  • 2 celery sticks, finely chopped
  • 1 small Cox or Gala apple, peeled, cored and finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 500g gluten-free pork sausages, skinned and cut into small pieces
  • 150g gluten-free breadcrumbs
  • 50g pine nuts
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 24 smoked streaky bacon rashers (optional)
  • 10g rosemary, leaves removed and finely chopped, plus extra to serve
  • 15g sage, leaves removed and finely chopped, plus extra to serve

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    8g 12%
  • Saturates

    3g 13%
  • Sugars

    2g 2%
  • Salt

    0.4g 6%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 7.1g Protein 3.8g Fibre 0.8g


  1. Preheat the oven to gas 5, 190°C, fan 170°C. Heat the oil in a frying pan over a medium heat. Add the onions, celery and apple and sweat down for 10 mins, or until the onion is translucent. Add the garlic and fry for another 2 mins. Remove and set aside to cool.
  2. Put the remaining ingredients, except the bacon, in a large bowl. Add in the onion mixture and season well. Combine the ingredients with your hands until thoroughly mixed. To test the seasoning, fry 1 tsp of the mixture for a few mins until cooked through and taste. Adjust if necessary.
  3. Divide the mixture into 24 pieces and shape into balls. If using the bacon, wrap a rasher around each ball.
  4. Place the balls on a baking tray lined with foil, cover with more foil and bake for 25 mins. Remove the foil cover and bake for another 20-25 mins, until crisp and golden.
  5. Transfer to a platter and serve garnished with the rosemary and sage.

Tip: If you can't find gluten-free breadcrumbs, simply blitz some gluten-free bread.

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