Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, we all are face to face with the Leftover Problem. Well have no fear, I have the perfect solution for all the leftover stuffing. These Sausage Stuffing Bites are perfect to use leftover stuffing to make! They can be used for an appetizer at your Friendsgiving celebration. You can also make them ahead of time and keep them in the fridge until you’re ready to bake and serve them. They are perfect for parties and family gatherings during the holidays.
Sausage Stuffing Bites
- 2 boxes Savory Herbs Stuffing or 2 cups leftover stuffing
- ½ pound of hot Italian sausage
- ½ pound of mild Italian sausage
- Sea salt and pepper to taste
- 3 cloves garlic, chopped
- ½ cup of mozzarella cheese or shredded cheese cheddar
- 1/3 cup dried cranberries, minced
- 2 beaten eggs
Gravy Dipping Sauce
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- ¾ stick of butter
- 3 to 4 cups chicken broth
- 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
- 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper, more to taste
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Brown the sausage over medium-high heat until no longer pink. Add the garlic and cranberries, mix and cook for 5 minutes.
While the sausage is cooking, cook the stuffing.
Once sausage and stuffing is cooked, combine all ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix with your hands. Do not ocean out the sausage pan, we will use the drippings for the gravy.
Using a cookie scoop, (or hands) scoop the sausage balls onto a baking pan lined with parchment paper.
Bake for 20-25 minutes, till they are browned on top.
While sausage stuffing bites are cooking, make the gravy dipping sauce.
Over medium heat, melt the butter. Sprinkle on half the flour and stir so that the butter soaks it all up, then add more little by little. Stir it around and cook it for another minute or so, then pour in the broth, stirring constantly.
Cook the gravy, stirring frequently, until it thickens. (This may take a good 10 to 12 minutes.) Sprinkle in the salt and pepper and continue cooking until very thick and luscious. If it gets too thick too soon, just splash in another 1/2 cup of broth or more if needed. Taste and adjust the seasoning.
Place dipping sauce in a serving bowl and serve with Sausage Stuffing Bites