Chestnut Stuffing

This fabulous traditional chestnut stuffing recipe uses fresh chestnuts and makes a very delicious and rich side dish. It’s perfect for alongside your turkey on Christmas Day or any festive gathering!

Chestnuts are in season for December and add a subtle nutty flavour to this easy recipe and a wonderful texture. Serve with some roasted green vegetables and whatever main dish you fancy. 


  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 225g dried apricots, chopped into small pieces
  • 225g white breadcrumbs
  • 75g butter or olive oil
  • 225g chestnuts, roughly chopped
  • Large handful of fresh parsley, chopped
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 600ml water


  1. Preheat oven 200 degrees centigrade and butter a shallow ovenproof dish
  2. Add 600ml water into a pan with the onion and apricots. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for about five minutes then drain
  3. Put the breadcrumbs into a large bowl. Melt the butter in a frying pan and pour half of this onto the breadcrumbs. 
  4. Fry the chestnuts over a high heat in the remaining butter until lightly browned. Tip into the bowl with the breadcrumbs. Add the apricots, onion and parsley to the bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Turn into the buttered ovenproof dish and bake in a preheated oven for about 25-30 minutes until crisp and hot right through
  6. Enjoy!

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