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Chestnut Stuffing

Chestnut Stuffing

The holiday season is the perfect time to indulge in delicious and comforting dishes. And what better way to celebrate than with a flavorful and aromatic Chestnut Stuffing? This recipe is sure to be a hit at your holiday gatherings, adding a touch of elegance and warmth to your table. So gather your ingredients and let's get started!

Prep Time Cook Time Total Time Servings
15 mins 45 mins 1 hr 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound (450g) chestnuts, roasted and peeled
  • 8 cups (1.9 liters) bread cubes (preferably stale)
  • 1 cup (240ml) vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons (10g) fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon (5g) dried sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5g) salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1.25g) black pepper
  • 1/4 cup (15g) chopped fresh parsley
  • Optional: 1/2 cup (75g) chopped dried cranberries or raisins for added sweetness

Cooking Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and celery, and cook until they are softened and fragrant, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the minced garlic, thyme leaves, dried sage, salt, and black pepper to the skillet. Stir well to combine and cook for an additional 2 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.
  4. Remove the skillet from the heat and add the roasted and peeled chestnuts. Break them into smaller pieces as you add them to the skillet.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, combine the bread cubes and the chestnut mixture from the skillet. Toss gently to evenly distribute the ingredients.
  6. Gradually pour the vegetable broth over the bread and chestnut mixture, stirring as you go. The bread should be moistened but not soggy. You may not need to use all of the vegetable broth.
  7. If using dried cranberries or raisins, add them to the stuffing mixture and gently mix them in.
  8. Transfer the stuffing to a greased baking dish and cover with aluminum foil.
  9. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Then remove the foil and bake for an additional 15 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and crispy.
  10. Remove from the oven and let the stuffing rest for a few minutes before serving.
  11. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley for a pop of color and added freshness.

Serving Suggestions

Chestnut Stuffing is a versatile side dish that pairs well with a variety of main courses. It's a classic accompaniment to roasted turkey or chicken, but it can also be enjoyed alongside pork tenderloin or even as a vegetarian main course. Serve it with cranberry sauce and gravy for a complete holiday feast. This stuffing is perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any special occasion where you want to impress your guests with a delicious and festive dish.

Enjoy the warmth and flavors of this delightful Chestnut Stuffing, and create memorable moments around the table with your loved ones. Happy cooking and happy holidays!

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