Grandma Dot's Stuffing Balls


These stuffing balls are a must-make recipe for Thanksgiving, passed down to me by my grandmother. Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, they're a nice alternative to traditional dressing baked in a casserole dish. While they're great served alongside your holiday bird, they're also a nice side to roasted chicken or pork chops any night of the week. Grandma always used white bread for this recipe, but I like to use a nutty whole wheat bread for a little extra flavor. To save time, these can be prepped a day ahead!

close up view of Stuffing Balls on a white platter
Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
2 dozen

These stuffing balls are fun, festive, and oh-so easy to make.

What Are Stuffing Balls?

Stuffing balls are exactly what they sound like — balls of stuffing! This recipe is a great option for people looking for a bite-sized appetizer or side dish that has all the traditional Thanksgiving flavor (with a fun twist).

What's In Stuffing Balls?

These are the ingredients you'll need to make these old-fashioned stuffing balls:

· Butter: Like so many delicious things, these stuffing balls start with butter.
· Veggies: Cooked onions and celery add flavor and texture.
· Seasonings: These stuffing balls are seasoned with salt, poultry seasoning, and ground black pepper.
· Broth: Chicken broth ensures these stuffing balls stay nice and moist.
· Eggs: Two whole eggs add moisture and act as a binding agent.
· Parsley: Chopped parsley lends color and fresh flavor.

How to Make Stuffing Balls

You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here's a brief overview of what you can expect when you make these top-rated stuffing balls:

1. Cook the veggies: Cook the onions and celery in butter until they're softened. Stir in the seasonings and continue cooking until fragrant.
2. Make the bread base: In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs and broth together. Fold in the bread cubes and parsley. Add the veggie mixture to the bread mixture. Stir until combined.
3. Roll the stuffing balls: Use your hands to roll the mixture into 2-inch balls. Arrange them on a prepared baking sheet.
4. Bake the stuffing balls: Bake in a preheated oven until the balls are golden and crisp.

How to Store Stuffing Balls

Store your leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days. Reheat gently in the microwave or in the oven.

Can You Freeze Stuffing Balls?

Yes, you can freeze stuffing balls for up to three months. Arrange them an inch or two apart on a baking sheet, cover, and flash freeze for a few hours or up to overnight. When they're frozen, transfer them to a zip-top freezer bag or another freezer-safe container. Thaw in the fridge overnight.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"Good flavor, nice crunch, yet soft inside," according to Elizabeth Williams. "Other than letting the cubed bread get nice and stale for a couple days, I followed the recipe."

"They were delicious and crispy on the outside, moist on the inside and were simple and fast to make," raves nancyj.

"Very easy to make and has a nice flavor...reminded me of Thanksgiving," says Allrecipes Allstar Christina. "Made a great side to our roasted chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy. I would make these again!"

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • ¾ cup butter

  • ½ cup diced onion

  • ½ cup diced celery

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt

  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ½ cup chicken broth

  • 2 large eggs

  • 10 cups cubed whole wheat bread

  • ½ cup chopped fresh parsley


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil; grease the foil.

  2. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and celery; cook and stir until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in salt, poultry seasoning, and pepper; cook and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute.

  3. Meanwhile, whisk chicken broth and eggs together in a large bowl. Fold in bread cubes and parsley.

  4. Add onion mixture to bread cubes; mix until combined. Use your hands to shape mixture into 24 (2-inch) balls; arrange on the prepared baking sheet.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until golden and crisp, about 20 minutes.


Get a head start! Follow Steps 2 through 4, then cover and refrigerate uncooked stuffing balls up to 24 hours. When ready to bake, remove from the refrigerator, uncover, and let sit for 20 to 30 minutes to come to room temperature. Proceed with Steps 1 and 5.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

108 Calories
7g Fat
9g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 108
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 289mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 5%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 2mg 10%
Calcium 29mg 2%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 76mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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