Triple nut & apple stuffing balls

Triple nut & apple stuffing balls

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 30 mins

Easy

Makes 16
These vegetarian red onion, lentil and sage stuffing balls are packed with texture from crunchy linseeds, pecans, hazelnuts and pistachios - a welcome addition to any Christmas feast

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per ball

  • kcal123
  • fat9g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs6g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre2g
  • protein3g
  • salt0g
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Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp linseeds
  • 1 red onion, halved
  • 1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for greasing
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 200g mixed nuts of your choice (we used a combination of pecans, hazelnuts and pistachios)
  • 400g can cooked green lentils in water, drained
  • 50g breadcrumbs
  • small bunch sage, chopped
    Sage

    Sage

    sa-age

    Popular in both Italian and British cookery, sage has long, grey-green leaves with a slightly…

  • 1 small apple, grated
    Apples

    Apple

    ap-pel

    Grown in temperate regions, apples are one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits. There are…

Method

  1. Put the linseeds in a small bowl and mix with 2 tbsp water, then set aside for 5-10 mins until the water thickens to a gluey consistency. Meanwhile, place the onion in a food processor and whizz until finely chopped. Heat the oil in a frying pan, tip in the onion and cook for 5 mins until softened.

  2. Tip the nuts into the food processor and whizz until coarsely chopped. Sprinkle 3 tbsp of the nuts over a plate and set aside. Add the lentils, breadcrumbs, sage, apple, linseeds (and any liquid in the bowl), onion and plenty of seasoning to the processor. Pulse to blend the mixture until just combined – don’t chop too finely or the stuffing will lose its nice nutty texture.

  3. Line a baking tray with foil and grease with a little oil. Remove the blade from the processor and oil your hands. Scoop out walnut-sized chunks of stuffing, roll into balls, then roll on the plate of chopped nuts to coat. Place on the prepared baking tray. Can be covered with cling film and chilled for up to 2 days, or frozen for 2 months.

  4. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Unwrap (if chilled) and bake for 25-30 mins until the nuts are a little darker and the balls have firmed up slightly – they will be softer than traditional stuffing balls but will firm up after a few mins cooling. If you’re cooking from frozen, bake for 35-40 mins.

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Comments (1)

lizleicester's picture

I thought we might miss the sausagemeat in these stuffing balls, but the delicious nutty flavours are completely fine as they are.

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