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Apricot Hazelnut Sausage Stuffing Balls

Apricot Hazelnut Sausage Stuffing Balls. A unique combination of tastes and textures in individual sized portions of this great sausage stuffing.

Apricot Hazelnut Sausage Stuffing Balls

Originally published Jan 2013.

We don’t really do sausage stuffing here in Newfoundland. Our poultry is almost always stuffed with what we call “dressing” which is basically just bread crumbs, onions and summer savoury.  RECIPE HERE.

Newfoundland Dressing

Newfoundland Dressing

It is very popular indeed, especially with fries and gravy. In my travels south though, I have enjoyed sausage stuffing of several types.

Dried apricots for Apricot Coconut Cookie Bars shown in white ramekin.

Dried apricots can be substituted with other dried fruit like cranberries or figs.

While I’ve mostly seen sausage stuffing cooked in a casserole dish, this method makes large meatballs for individual servings which I like very much.

I froze a couple of the leftovers and thawed them for breakfast a few days later. They were sliced and fried quickly in a little butter which I enjoyed with scrambled eggs and toast.

Apricot Hazelnut Sausage Stuffing Balls

Get creative with this sausage stuffing recipe.

This sausage stuffing recipe is only a starting point really for this idea, you can mix up the nuts and dried fruits or omit one or the other. I’ve used bratwurst here for the sausage but your own favourites will do as well as changing up the herbs and spices.

Many recipes are just good starting points and this one is an excellent example of that.

Raw pork sausages on a round wooden board, knife, rosemary, parsley and garlic on blue background checkered cloth

Use any good quality sausage.

It really doesn’t matter too much what kind of sausage you like. I prefer lightly seasoned sausage for this recipe but you can use any kind you like.

Bulk sausage meat is not often available around here but I just remove the casings on regular sausage links and add to the recipe.

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Apricot Hazelnut Sausage Stuffing Balls
Yield: 8 servings

Apricot Hazelnut Sausage Stuffing Balls

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Apricot Hazelnut Sausage Stuffing Balls. A unique combination of tastes and textures in individual sized portions of this great sausage stuffing.


  • 1 1/2 pounds sausage meat, I've used bratwurst here
  • 1/4 cup chopped bell pepper, red or orange
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup toasted chopped hazelnuts
  • 1 tsp herbs de Provence (or other dried herbs of your choice)
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • pinch salt
  • 3 cloves minced garlic, minced
  • 2 cups freshly toasted croutons (see note)


    Mix together the sausage, peppers, apricots, hazelnuts, herbs, salt, pepper and garlic until well combined.

    Mix in the croutons until evenly distributed

    Form into 3 inch balls and place on a baking sheet.

    Bake at 350 degrees F for about a half hour or until the internal temperature reaches about 175 degrees on a meat thermometer.

    Serve immediately.


For the croutons, you can just toast a few slices of bread and cut them into cubes.

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Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 360Total Fat 28gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 21gCholesterol 61mgSodium 595mgCarbohydrates 17gFiber 2gSugar 5gProtein 18g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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