Kittencal's Make-Ahead Stuffing Balls

READY IN: 45mins
SERVES: 14-16
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 4 -6
    tablespoons butter
  • 2
    stalks celery, finely diced
  • 2
    large onions, finely chopped
  • 2
    tablespoons fresh minced garlic
  • 18
    teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional or to taste)
  • 1
    (10 ounce) can sliced mushrooms, well drained and chopped
  • 1
    (14 ounce) can cream-style corn
  • 1
    (12 ounce) can corn niblets, drained
  • 12
    cup chicken broth (can use low sodium)
  • 2 -4
    teaspoons poultry seasoning (or to taste)
  • 12 - 1
    teaspoon seasoning salt (or to taste) or 1/2-1 teaspoon white salt (or to taste)
  • 1
    teaspoon fresh ground black pepper (or to taste)
  • 2 -4
    teaspoons dried parsley (or use chopped fresh)
  • 14
    cup grated parmesan cheese (optional)
  • 3
    large eggs, slightly beaten
  • 7
    cups coarse fresh breadcrumbs, packed (or use 8 cups packed very small bread cubes)
  • 13
    cup melted butter (no subs please!)
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DIRECTIONS

  • Butter a 13 x 9-inch baking pan.
  • In a large fry pan heat butter over medium-high.
  • Add in the onions and celery and cook stirring until soft and translucent but not browned (about 6 minutes).
  • Add in the garlic and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add in chopped mushrooms, creamed corn, niblets corn, broth, poultry seasoning, parsley, Parmesan cheese, seasoned salt or white salt and black pepper pepper; bring to a medium boil, simmer for 10-15 minutes over low heat.
  • Remove the mixture and transfer to a large bowl; and cool for 20-30 minutes (cool just enough so that the eggs will not cook when added).
  • Add in eggs and mix well.
  • Add bread crumbs or cubes; mix well to combine (I use my hands for mixing).
  • Taste the mixture and then adjust the poultry seasoning, salt and pepper to taste if needed.
  • At this point you may cover the bowl and refrigerate until ready to shape into balls.
  • With moistened hands shape into golf ball-size balls (I use an ice cream scoop for this) add in more breadcrumbs if needed just to hold the mixture together.
  • Transfer the shaped balls to the prepared buttered casserole dish (at this point they can be covered and refrigerated until ready to bake).
  • When ready to bake drizzle melted butter over the balls.
  • Cover loosely with foil.
  • Bake at 350°F for about 20-25 minutes (do not overbake).
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