Apple Stuffing Balls Recipe

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I served this appetizer to my family on Thanksgiving last year. After numerous requests for the recipe, I decided to make it again for Christmas. These tasty little bites are quickly becoming a holiday tradition.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:18 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 18 servings


  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, finely chopped
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 9 cups soft bread crumbs
  • 2 medium apples, peeled and finely chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large skillet, heat butter over medium heat. Add onion and celery; cook and stir 4-6 minutes or just until tender.
  2. In a large bowl, mix eggs, parsley, salt, thyme and pepper. Stir in bread crumbs, apples and onion mixture. Shape into 2-in. balls. Place in a foil-lined 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Yield: 18 stuffing balls.
Originally published as Apple Stuffing Balls in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2016, p42

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