Cranberry and Orange Stuffing Balls

  • 15MINS
  • 18MINS
  • Serves 8
  • 58KCAL

A fresh and fruity addition to your Christmas dinner that’s perfect if you’re counting calories or following a diet plan like Weight Watchers!

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories58
  • Carbs7.1g
  • Protein3.8g
  • Fat1.4g
  • Saturates0.3g
  • Sugars3.8g

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While most stuffing balls tend to be savoury with the herby flavours of sage and onion, these Cranberry and Orange Stuffing Balls make for a fruity change. Zesty and refreshing, the sweet cranberries and zingy orange flavours are deliciously festive. 

Served up alongside turkey and all the trimmings, they’ll complement all of the other elements on your plate. With a slight saltiness from the bacon and infused with delicate rosemary, these little stuffing bites are big on flavour. 

They’re also slimming friendly and deceptively quick to make! You can have them on your plate in just over half an hour. If you’re juggling lots of prep, these can also be made in advance and cooked on the day. 

Don’t be put off by the festive flavours – these are a great addition to a traditional Sunday roast too! 

What diets are these Cranberry and Orange Stuffing Balls suitable for?

This Cranberry and Orange Stuffing Balls recipe is dairy free. It can be made gluten free as long as you use gluten free breadcrumbs. 

If you wish to make a vegetarian version of this recipe, you will need to replace the bacon with a meat free alternative. 

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Cranberry and Orange Stuffing Balls?

Not at all! This recipe uses simple ingredients that should be easy to find in your usual supermarket. You will need some dried cranberries which can be found in the home baking aisle of most shops. 

How many calories are in these Cranberry and Orange Stuffing Balls?

There are 58 calories in each stuffing ball. This means these Cranberry and Orange Stuffing Balls fall into our Everyday Light recipe category. If you’re counting calories or following one of the popular diet plans like Weight Watchers, this recipe fits in perfectly!

NHS guidelines suggest men should aim for 2,500 calories per day to maintain a healthy body weight, and women require around 2000 calories. Each person has different calorie requirements depending on their goal, so you may want to adjust your daily calorie intake according to your own personal goal.

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 200ºC. Line a baking tray with a sheet of non-stick baking paper.

Step 2

Spray a small frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and place over a medium heat. Add the onion and fry for 5 minutes until softened.

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Step 3

Place the onion in a medium mixing bowl and add the breadcrumbs, garlic granules, bacon, cranberries, orange zest, rosemary, thyme and season with salt and black pepper. Mix to combine.

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Step 4

Add the egg, a little at a time, and stir in until the mixture is of a suitable consistency to hold together. You may not need to add all the egg. Divide the mixture into 8 and roll into 8 small balls.

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Step 5

Place the stuffing balls on the lined baking tray and spray with a little low calorie cooking spray. Place in the preheated oven and bake for 15 -18 minutes until firm and golden. Serve at once with your Christmas dinner or Sunday roast.

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What could I serve with these Cranberry and Orange Stuffing Balls?

These Cranberry and Orange Stuffing Balls are the ideal addition to your festive feast, but they can also be served with any roast dinner. Why not make a magical Christmas dinner using all of the following recipes, and add these on the side?

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How do you know when Cranberry and Orange Stuffing Balls are cooked?

You should cook these Cranberry and Orange Stuffing Balls until they’re nice and golden. This should take between 15 and 18 minutes. 

To keep your family safe, the advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and maintained that temperature for 2 minutes.

How long can you keep Cranberry and Orange Stuffing Balls in the fridge?

Once you’ve served this recipe, you’ll ideally need to eat it within 4 hours.

You can store any leftovers of these Cranberry and Orange Stuffing Balls in the fridge for up to 3 days so they’re perfect if you want to make them in advance. 

Just make sure that you allow them to cool before putting them in a container with a lid and chilling in the refrigerator. 

Can I freeze Cranberry and Orange Stuffing Balls?

Absolutely! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer! 

How do I reheat Cranberry and Orange Stuffing Balls?

From chilled: Place on an oven proof tray lined with non-stick baking paper and reheat in a moderate oven for 5 – 10 minutes, until they are piping hot throughout. 

From frozen: Allow to defrost overnight in the fridge and then reheat following the instructions above. 

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Cranberry and Orange Stuffing Balls

A fresh and fruity addition to your Christmas dinner that’s perfect if you’re counting calories or following a diet plan like Weight Watchers!
  • Prep Time
    15 MINS
  • Cook Time
    18 MINS
  • KCals 58
  • Carbs 7.1G

Ingredients

  • 1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 60 g wholemeal breadcrumbs
  • ½ tsp garlilc granules
  • 2 bacon medallions, finely chopped
  • 50 g dried cranberries, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tsp orange zest, finely grated
  • ½ tsp dried rosemary
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • 1 medium egg, beaten with a fork
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • low calorie cooking spray

Baking tray

non-stick baking paper

small frying pan

Medium mixing bowl

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Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200ºC. Line a baking tray with a sheet of non-stick baking paper.
  2. Spray a small frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and place over a medium heat. Add the onion and fry for 5 minutes until softened.
  3. Place the onion in a medium mixing bowl and add the breadcrumbs, garlic granules, bacon, cranberries, orange zest, rosemary, thyme and season with salt and black pepper. Mix to combine.
  4. Add the egg, a little at a time, and stir in until the mixture is of a suitable consistency to hold together. You may not need to add all the egg. Divide the mixture into 8 and roll into 8 small balls.
  5. Place the stuffing balls on the lined baking tray and spray with a little low calorie cooking spray. Place in the preheated oven and bake for 15-18 minutes until firm and golden. Serve at once with your Christmas dinner or Sunday roast.

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Recipe notes

Tip: Take care not to add all the egg to the mixture at once otherwise it may become too soft to form balls. Just add a little at a time until the right consistency is reached. You may not need to use all the egg.

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