Christmas Stuffing Balls

Christmas Stuffing Balls Recipe

These can be made the day before and warmed in the oven while the turkey rests — 10 minutes at 150ºC should do the trick.

Christmas Stuffing Balls Recipe

By: Lee Holmes

Being able to pre-prepare these Christmas Stuffing Balls is sure to help relieve the Christmas day stress.



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  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large brown onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 stalks celery, finely chopped
  • 500g pork mince
  • 1 tbsp dried mixed herbs (sage, rosemary & thyme)
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley, plus extra to serve
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • ½ cup cooked quinoa or cooked brown rice
  • ¾ cup pine nuts or crushed nuts
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • Fine sea salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 190ºC and grease a baking tray.
  • Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat, then sauté the onion, garlic and celery for 3–4 mins, until the onion is translucent.
  • Add the pork, mixed herbs, parsley and lemon zest, then cook until the pork is no longer pink. Add the quinoa and allow to cool.
  • Once cool, add the remaining ingredients and mix well.
  • Roll ¼ cup portions of the mixture into balls, sit them on the prepared baking tray, then bake for 30 mins or until golden brown and crispy.


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Lee Holmes

Lee Holmes

Lee Holmes is a nutritionist, yoga and meditation teacher, wholefoods chef, Lifestyle Food Channel’s Healthy Eating Expert, blogger and author of the best-selling books Supercharged Food: Eat Your Way to Health, Supercharged Food: Eat Yourself Beautiful, Eat Clean, Green and Vegetarian, Heal your Gut, Eat Right for Your Shape and Supercharged Food for Kids.

Lee’s food philosophy is all about S.O.L.E. food: sustainable, organic, local and ethical. Her main goal is to alter the perception that cooking fresh, wholesome, nutrient-rich meals is difficult, complicated and time-consuming. From posting recipes, her passion to share her autoimmune disease story and help others has snowballed and the blog has recently taken home the overall prize at the Bupa Health Influencer Awards as well as the best blog in the Healthy Eating category. She also runs a four-week online Heal Your Gut program.

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