Deep-fried stuffing on a stick

  • Preparation Time25 mins
  • Cooking Time60 mins
  • Serves12
  • DifficultyEasy

For the stuffing

70 g butter, divided
450 g pork sausage, casings removed
225 g diced onion
115 g diced carrot
115 g diced celery
425 g bread cubes, for stuffing
450 g Ritz crackers, crushed
1 tbsp poultry seasoning (recommended: McCormick)
2 tbsps dried parsley flakes
2 tsps ground sage
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 L chicken stock
4 eggs, beaten

For the frying

Oil, for frying
450 g plain flour
Special equipment: 12 wooden ice cream sticks or skewers
1) Preheat oven to 190 degrees C/Gas 5. Grease a 23-by-33 cm baking dish with 1 tablespoon of the butter.

2) Brown the sausage in a large skillet over medium-high heat until it is cooked through. Transfer to a plate, while spooning off the excess grease, leaving about 2 tablespoons in the skillet. Add 4 tablespoons of the butter and melt. Add the onion, carrot and celery, and saute until softened.

3) Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, toss together bread cubes, Ritz crackers, poultry seasoning, parsley flakes, sage, salt and pepper. Stir the sauteed vegetables into the mixing bowl. Pour in the chicken stock and eggs and toss together. Turn the stuffing out into the prepared baking dish.

4) Bake in the preheated oven for 35 to 45 minutes until the top is golden brown and the juices in the stuffing are bubbling.

5) Preheat oil in the deep fryer to 180 degrees C.

6) Cool the stuffing completely. Cut into 12 squares. Remove each square from the dish and wrap it around a wooden stick, pressing it onto the stick with your hands. Make the stuffing form a log shape around the stick, leaving 5 cm of the stick exposed for the handle.

7) Roll the stick in the flour, coating it well and then shaking off the excess. Gently lower the sticks into the hot oil and fry until golden brown and crispy, about 5 minutes.

Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.

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