Chestnut & Herb Stuffing

A great flavoursome stuffing, ideal for Thanksgiving or Christmas to accompany your roast turkey. In my opinion, a good stuffing can transform a roast dinner.

Preparation Time:  15 Minutes                              Cooking Time: 30 Minutes                               Serves:  10

Ingredients

  • 150g Fresh Wholemeal Breadcrumbs, crusts removed before weighing
  • 100g Chestnuts, cooked
  • 1 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 1 Celery Stick
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • Fresh Thyme, a few sprigs
  • Fresh Parsley, a handful
  • Fresh Sage, a few sprigs
  • 1 Large Egg
  • A splash of water
  • Sea Salt & Black Pepper

Method

1. Finely chop the carrot, onion, celery and garlic, and gently fry in the oil for 5 minutes, or until the veg is softened.

2. Meanwhile, prepare the breadcrumbs & chestnuts and chop the herbs. If using a food processor for the chestnuts, be sure not to blend to a mush, pulse the blender a few times, this should be enough. Chunks are good. Put everything together in a bow.

3. Toss in the veg, season and mix well. At this stage you can taste to see if you have the seasoning right. Then whisk the egg and mix in along with the splash of water. The mixture should now bind easily.

4. At this point you can either stuff inside the bird, or roll up into sausages to bake in the oven. If rolling up…..

5. Tear off 2 sheets of greaseproof paper, and halve the mixture between the 2. Shape the mixture so that it’s approximately 2″ in diameter, then carefully roll it up, being sure to keep good and even pressure along it. Once tightly rolled, twist  in the sides, as tightly as possible.

6. Tear off 2 sheets of tin foil, roll up in the same manner, tightly twisting the sides. Done!

7. Bake in a preheated oven at 200 degrees (GM 6) for….

Bonus Bits

– If one of the stuffing rolls is enough, the other will freeze well for another day.

– Some good knife skills are needed for this recipe to get the veg nice and fine. If you’re lacking in this department, put them through the food processor and the work is done for you! Don’t blitz too much though.

– I reckon this is the best combination of herbs for a stuffing, but might want to play around with others. It kinda depends what you can get your hands on.

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