Stuffing baubles

Stuffing baubles

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Prep: 25 mins Cook: 40 mins


Makes 12
These bacon and onion-wrapped balls of sausagemeat and cranberry stuffing make a sensational side for Christmas dinner with all the traditional trimmings

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per bauble

  • kcal120
  • fat6g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs10g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre1g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.5g


  • drizzle of vegetable oil, plus extra for greasing
  • 6 small or medium red onions
  • 250g sausagemeat
  • 50g dried cranberries
  • small bunch thyme, leaves picked


    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • 50g fresh or dried breadcrumbs
  • 12 rashers pancetta



    Pancetta is Italian cured pork belly - the equivalent of streaky bacon. It has a deep, strong,…


  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and grease a large baking tray. Halve the onions through the root and peel off the papery skin. Cut off any stringy roots but leave the base of the root intact. Slice a little off the rounded side of each onion half, so they will sit on the tray. Cut away the centre of the onions, reserving the offcuts, to leave a hollow – once you’ve cut away a little, you can use your fingers to pull out the layers until you’re left with a shell of 2 or 3 layers. Arrange the halves on a baking tray, season and bake for 10 mins until just softened. Set aside to cool.

  2. Weigh the onion offcuts and place 140g/5oz in a food processor (save any remaining onions for another recipe). Blitz until finely chopped but still with a little texture – or finely chop by hand. Heat a drizzle of oil in a frying pan and add the onions. Cook for 5 mins until softened, then set aside to cool.

  3. Tip the sausagemeat, cranberries, thyme and breadcrumbs into a bowl. Add the fried onions and a little seasoning. Mix well. Roll the stuffing mixture into 12 balls and use to fill the onion halves. Wrap a slice of pancetta around each ‘bauble’, ensuring the ends meet underneath the onions. Can now be covered with cling film and chilled for up to 2 days or frozen for up to a month.

  4. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Unwrap the stuffing baubles (if chilled) and bake for 25 mins until cooked through and the bacon is starting to crisp. If you’re cooking from frozen, bake for 35 mins. (If you have a full oven, it may be too steamy to crisp up the bacon, so finish with a blast under a hot grill until nicely browned and crispy.)

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7th Dec, 2016
Made these last year for Christmas (and will be again this year) - they're awesome! Look spectacular and taste wonderful - I got a lot of compliments on these. They take a bit of time but definitely worth it.
23rd Dec, 2015
It sounds delish, but who comes up with this many ppl with kids and and a house to look after has time to do this stuff along with peeling spuds and scraping carrots , please get real BBC Food
16th Dec, 2015
why can't I print out the recipes, am I doing something wrong ?
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