“ Brand: Aunt Bessie's / Type: Stuffing „
When we have a roast dinner, I love to have some stuffing with it. Usually we just have the usual sage and onion type, or my girlfriend will sometimes feel brave and make some from scratch.
Last time we went shopping we noticed that Aunt Bessie had started selling sausage meat stuffing balls. I have always trusted Bessie and have never been able to fault her products, so at £1.25 for 12 balls they had to be worth a try.
They are packaged in a bag in the freezer section, the bag is dark blue in colour the same as the ret of the range, it has the red and white Aunt Bessie logo on the front showing the lovely lady in all her glory. There is a small picture of the stuffing balls which on the packet, looked very appetising.
When you open up the bag I found none of them were stuck together, which was suprising, They didn't look that nice before cooking, they were a very pale brown colour and felt a little greasy ifyou held then for long enough. Each ball was about 4cm round.
To cook you just put them in the oven for 20minutes, turning half way through., if you are in a hurry, they can be cooked in the microwave for 1.5minutes.
We decided to oven cook them as we were already roasting some turkey, and during cooking they smelt very nice, you could definitely smell the sausage meat. After cooking they had turned a nice golden brown colour, they were slightly crispy on the outside but you could see they were still spongy in the middle.
The taste was very nice, you can definitely taste the sausage meat, and the other herbs and spices used really helped the flavour.. We had two each, but personally I could easily of eaten double that amount, they are very moreish.
After baking, each ball contains 53 calories and 2.1grams of fat. For a nice side dish they're not too unhealthy and I find them to be a perfect addition to any meal.
I have had these cold with turkey in a sandwich, and they still taste good, if you ever have any leftover I would recommend using them in this way.
For the price of £1.25, I do find these to be a bit on the pricey side, compared to a sachet of stuffing mix they are very expensive for the amount you actually get. I would also say compared to other foods in the Aunt Bessie range, they're probably the least best value. These are very good but if you are cooking for a large family you're probably better buying a sachet mix.
I give these 4 stars, losing one because of the price.
I have to admit I am not the greatest of cooks mainly because I have never really learnt; I'm still young though so I have loads of years left to improve.
I have tried to make my own stuffing but it always seems to come out really dry and quite hard, I eventually gave up trying, it began becoming quite a disappointment every Sunday when the roast got dished up.
We saw the Aunt Bessie's Stuffing Balls at shopping one day and we thought that anything had to be better than the rubbish I was serving up and decided to give them a try. I am not a lover of frozen food so my expectations were not high but I was pleasantly surprised with this product.
The balls themselves come in good sizes and are really easy to cook, the pack we buy is a 310g bag and has approximately 12 stuffing balls in it. We have tried other stuffing balls and none compare to these. Some other brands can taste either dry or gristly but you can tell with this product that it is of high quality and they taste fantastic.
They have a nice light herby taste too, which isn't overpowering but it just adds to the flavour. They do not come out greasy and the product compliments a roast perfectly.
My sister in law buys them to but she cooks them all in a dish and mashes them up half way through to look like homemade stuffing.
We now buy these every week and our roast just wouldn't be the same without them. I have also used them to make a chicken and stuffing sandwich filler, all you have to do is cook them as normal and leave them to cool before adding the chicken and mayo.
We also have them with pies, faggots etc.
Nutritional Information - per stuffing ball
Calories 53 (2.7 % of the recommended daily allowance)
Sugar 0.9g (1.0 % of the recommended daily allowance)
Fat 2.1g (3.0 % of the recommended daily allowance)
Saturates 0.8g (4.0 % of the recommended daily allowance)
Salt 0.5g (8.3% of the recommended daily allowance)
The stuffing balls take about 20 minutes to cook in the oven although you can microwave them too, although I think they taste a lot better cooked in the oven.
You can buy Aunt Bessie' Pork sausagemeat stuffing balls in all major supermarket and the product retails for approximately £1.00-£1.29.
I was cooking dinner one day last week and I remembered too late that we needed stuffing, I thought there was a box in the cupboard and there was but there was hardly any in it! I went to the shop round the corner and they didn't have any packet stuffing mixes in so i got a bag of frozen Aunt Bessies stuffing balls even though they were over £2.00 for 12 balls.
The balls take for ages to cook, loads longer than the 20 minutes it said on the pack. You have to turn them halfway through cooking but even then the top goes mega hard and crunchy, when they're cooked the stuffing balls haven't got a very nice texture because the outside is proper hard but in the middle it's sloppy and soft.
The flavour is nasty. They taste proper strong of sage and that's the only thing you can taste apart from cheap sausagemeat, I don't like the flavour of these at all and I don't think they taste much like stuffing at all. There isn't any onion flavour in the stuffing balls and that's a shame and also I thought the texture of them was too meaty instead of being bitty and compacted like stuffing you make yourself.
Another thing I don't like is the colour of these stuffing balls because even though they go nice and brown on the outside the middle of them is grey and you can even see that through the gravy that's on your plate! I LOVE stuffing, it's one of the best things on a dinner but I didn't finish the ball I put on my plate the other day because I thought the flavour was mega sickly and not nice at all.
The only person who liked these stuffing balls was my 2 year old sister but my mum wouldn't let her eat much of one in case the weird flavour made her sick!
Each stuffing ball contains 53 calories and 2.1g fat, that's not good because of how small the balls are and I'm glad I don't like them really because the stuff you make yourself is a lot lower in fat than these!
Another product from the Aunt Bessie range that makes a regular appearance into my freezer is their Stuffing Balls, and looking back on Dooyoo these have a mixed reaction to them to say the least.
Firstly I have to confess that I have tried to make my own stuffing; it should be easy, yes? Take a packet of the dried stuffing mix, add water to it, mix well and bung in a hot oven and allow to cook. Except it never ever works for me, the stuffing either comes out looking like a watery mess or a thick gloopy clump that tastes disgusting. I don't know what I'm doing wrong, but I just can't make my own stuffing. So, bearing this is mind I do buy the pre-made stuffing balls from Aunt Bessie and I have to say I rather like them.
Contained in the bag pictured above, you get 12 balls in a bag, you are told that "Aunt Bessie takes pork sausagemeat, fresh breadcrumbs, mixes them with sage, onion, egg and butter for her pork sausagemeat stuffing balls. Enjoy them with chicken, turkey or chops any day of the week."
Each stuffing ball contains only 53kcals and 2.1 grams of fat of which 0.8 grams are saturates, so nothing to worry about there. The ingredient list is quite extensive so won't add here, the major contents are onion 32% and sausagemeat 24% the rest is made up of water, yeast, breadcrumbs and some preservatives and herbs etc.
Similar to their range of Yorkshire Puddings, cooking wise these couldn't be easier, just put on a baking tray and add to a hot oven for about 20 minutes, although I leave mine in a little longer as I like the coating to be crispy.
Taking them out of the oven and you do smell a nice mixture of herbs and onions and the outer coating does look appetising, biting into one you munch into one the middle of the stuffing ball is chewy and has lots of flavour. I do understand why some people are put off with these as the insides can be a bit on the "wet" side if they are undercooked but allowing a few extra minutes cooking time should solve this problem. For me though they are great and always make a nice addition to a Sunday dinner, they have plenty of flavour and if I'm being honest I like the outsides of them more than the insides, but once gravy is on them they taste absolutely fine.
Until I actually manage to make my own stuffing that doesn't resemble porridge I will stick with these, costing £1.29 for a bag of 12 they're not going to break the bank and provide a tasty addition to a meal. I wouldn't rate the as highly as the Yorkshire Puddings from the same range, but still get an overall 3/5 Dooyoo stars from me.
I wouldn't usually buy frozen stuffing as making it from scratch is a very easy process and using the dried packet mixes easier still. I was curious about these when I saw them in Tesco, I've had some very good experiences with Aunt Bessies recently so popped a packet of her Sage & Onion Stuffing Balls in my trolley.
A disappointment from start to finish, that's all I can possibly say about these stuffing balls. Absolutely awful.
For a start they take much, much longer in the oven than it says on the packet. In fact after the recommended cooking time they looked as though they had barely been in the oven for five minutes, remaining insipid and undercooked in appearance.
When they were eventually cooked I served myself and my two older granddaughters two each, while the two year old had just one. The thirteen year old always tackles her stuffing first as she loves it so much, I saw her pull a strange face on the first bite and then move the stuffing to the side of the plate - not a good sign from the girl who can eat the raw stuffing mix straight from the mixing bowl!
Upon cutting one of my stuffing balls in half I saw what the problem was. While the outside is nice and crispy with a lovely golden brown colour the inside has retained an awful sloppy and claggy consistency. Despite turning twice during the cooking time I also found that the side which was at the bottom at the end of cooking was very hard, so hard in fact that I didn't attempt to eat this part.
The flavour is terrible, in equal measures these stuffing balls are tasteless and overpowering. How can it possibly be two things at once, I hear you ask. Well, quite simply because Aunt Bessies have used far too much sage in my opinion and this seems to push aside all other flavourings in the stuffing balls giving my taste buds the 'treat' of a huge hit of sage and very little else.
I shall never, ever buy these again. It's my own fault for being lazy I suppose, but from such a well known and respected company I expected a meal accompaniment at least equal to the stuffing I'd make myself. Unfortunately it's not and these balls are just plain awful.
I was making a lovely roast dinner the other week as a special treat for my other half, and decided whilst I was in Tesco getting the vegetables and gravy etc, that some stuffing might be nice as an accompaniment to the meat.
After perusing the aisle containing the packets of dried stuffing mixes, and feeling rather uninspired by them, I wondered if there was perhaps a frozen, ready-made alternative that I could use instead. I was also keen to cut down on the amount of time I would need to prepare the different elements of the meal.
Amidst the frozen products I found what I was looking for - ready-made balls of "Sage and onion flavour" sausage meat stuffing. Feeling a bit worried about the difference in cost (After all, a packet of dried stuffing mix only cost in the region of 60p I had noted earlier), I was happy to note that the "Aunt Bessie's" brand of sausage meat stuffing balls were on special offer, and only cost a pound!
With that, they were happily placed into my shopping basket and taken home to grace the side of our dinner plates!
After preparing the vegetables and meat, I retrieved the packet of "Aunt Bessie's" stuffing balls from the freezer and noted that they required very little from me in the terms of preparation, which I was very pleased about, as I'd been busy working hard to cook and prepare the other parts of the meal. The stuffing only required to be popped onto a baking tray and placed into the oven, which again I was pleased about, as the oven was already on, to cook the meat and roast the vegetables etc. This meant that I didn't have to dirty any more pots or pans, and could simply cook them alongside the other food that was already in my oven.
I set about opening the bag and was immediately surprised by the size and colour of the stuffing. They were much smaller than stuffing balls I would normally make if making my own - these were a little smaller than a golf ball, and the colour was rather uninspiring and very grey-looking. Convincing myself that they would 'brown up' upon cooking, I popped them in the oven as instructed on the back of the packaging alongside some of the veggies and the meat.
I was quite impressed by the quantity of the stuffing balls that were contained in the packaging. I felt that we would get at least two meals from the bag - this roast that I was busy preparing would only use about half of the bag's contents.
After setting the timer for the stuffing, I poured the wine, set the table, stirred the veg and made the gravy, hoping that the stuffing would be a delicious accompaniment to the lovely joint of meat I could smell wafting deliciously from the kitchen.
Alas, my hopes were in vain. When I retrieved the stuffing from the oven, they still looked rather grey and pale (a bit like myself, by this point in time!), despite the fact that the buzzer had just gone off to alert me to the fact that they HAD been given the correct cooking time -which was 20 minutes or so.
I jabbed one ball of stuffing with a skewer and it seemed to be only mildly lukewarm in the middle. Deciding to give them more time in the oven, I popped them back in for another while.
After this second attempt, I again retrieved them and tested a different one with a skewer. This time, the skewer was piping hot, so I was satisfied that they were cooked all the way through and removed the rest from the oven.
Unfortunately, the colour was still rather greyish and the stuffing was somewhat dismal in appearance. I also felt that they were a bit greasy to the touch, but assumed this was because they had a sausage meat content. I decided to dab them on a piece of kitchen towel to absorb some of the grease.
It was at this rather unfortunate juncture that I noticed that the bottoms of the stuffing balls were somewhat browner than the tops - even though they had been turned half way through their cooking time. They were definitely very brown on the bottom!
They were, however, by no means burnt, and I heroically scooped them onto the awaiting plates and placed them alongside the meat and the Yorkshire puddings, noting how depressing and rather pathetic the stuffing looked in comparison.
We set about eating our Sunday roast in the usual fashion, chomping gaily at alternate pieces of roast meat, roasted veg and those lovely crisp yorkies. Then came the time to taste the stuffing and I cut one of the balls in half to get a better look at the centre.
I honestly couldn't believe that the inside of my stuffing ball appeared to be quite undercooked!! It couldn't possibly have been; after all, I had given it more time in the oven that it actually required, but the consistency in the centre was gloopy and rather soggy!?! It had a much more sticky consistency than the outer part of the stuffing balls. The appearance of the stuffing in the centre was that of something that most definitely needed more time in the oven.
The taste was rather un-spectacular too, I'm afraid. I personally found them to be rather salty whilst my other half commented on them being a bit tasteless. The thing that really stood out for us though, was the consistency. The centre of the stuffing balls was rather mushy when eating them; the kind of thing that you feel is stuck to your teeth and is rather dry to eat. It was actually a bit off-putting and we ended up kind of ignoring them on our plate and concentrated on the rest of the meal which was rather delicious, if I do say so myself! :-D
I won't list all the nutritional information from the back of the packet but I will tell you that 100g of this product contains 212 calories, so I don't think they are too bad for anybody who is watching their calorie intake.
I definitely wouldn't buy these stuffing balls again, as I found them to be a huge disappointment, and I've had much better results from buying a packet of dried stuffing mix, or making my own.
I will award this product one star for the low price (even though I think it's kind of false economy as the quality was not great) and another star for ease of cooking and convenience. But that's all, i'm afraid!
Sorry Aunt Bessie, I can't recommend this particular product, although I love other items from your range of foods!