Food for Thought: Transforming Stuffing into Bite-Size Goodness


So we have all survived (I mean enjoyed) Thanksgiving. The holiday season has begun and many of us have transitioned to gift buying, holiday cards, and if we are lucky…vacation planning for year-end.

The one challenge for anyone who has hosted a Thanksgiving meal now is: WHAT THE HECK DO I DO WITH THE LEFTOVERS???? We all get sick of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and more very quickly. So how do you work your way through the food without eating the same old thing? How do you transform something basic into something new and different?

I call it Leftover-palloza. Well, not really because that just sounds dumb, but I have managed to pull together a list of go-to recipes that help me take Thanksgiving leftovers into something exciting, tasty and fun, and even sometimes freezable.

One of my favorite recipes takes five minutes to prepare and makes leftover stuffing into a simply, hand-held appetizer – Homemade Stuffing Bites.

I stole this recipe idea from – one of my favorite recipe sites. You can learn how to make these great snacks from scratch here, but I will admit that I’ve never made them from scratch.  For me, the recipe is simple:

stuffing bite ingredients

  • Leftover Stuffing: about 4 cups of whatever you have on hand
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/8th of a cup of melted butter or olive oil

My stuffing has pork sausage, celery, onion and chopped apples. It’s a decent combination of savory and sweet. I mix the stuffing with the eggs and butter, than simply roll the dough into balls. Bake for 25 minutes at 350 minutes and serve with turkey gravy or cranberry sauce.

stuffing bites prebake

Simple, easy and super tasty. Enjoy your leftovers!

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