Easy and Traditional Chestnut Stuffing Recipe

Chestnut stuffing

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Ratings (34)
  • Total: 75 mins
  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Cook: 50 mins
  • Yield: 16 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
302 Calories
15g Fat
34g Carbs
8g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 16 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 302
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 8g 41%
Cholesterol 71mg 24%
Sodium 286mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 13%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Protein 8g
Calcium 101mg 8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This fabulous traditional chestnut stuffing recipe, using fresh chestnuts (or canned, if it's easier for you), is a very delicious and rich side dish. It's perfect stuffed into a turkey for Thanksgiving, or baked in a casserole dish at 350 F for about an hour and served with roast chicken or meatloaf.

You can certainly make this dish with fresh chestnuts, but you can use canned, peeled, and roasted chestnuts as well. The flavor of the canned product is close to the freshly roasted variety, with much, much less work.

Chestnuts add a subtle nutty flavor to this easy recipe and a wonderful texture. Serve with some roasted asparagus or steamed green beans and whatever main dish you'd like.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole fresh chestnuts
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1 pound white bread (cubed and dried overnight)
  • 1 pound whole wheat bread (cubed and dried overnight)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. With a sharp knife, cut slits in the surface of the chestnuts.

  3. Place the chestnuts in a medium saucepan, cover with cold water, and bring to a boil over high heat. Then cover the saucepan, reduce the heat to medium, and simmer for 25 minutes or until the chestnuts are tender when pierced with a knife.

  4. Drain the pan and let the chestnuts cool until you can handle them.

  5. Carefully peel the chestnuts using a sharp knife. Discard the skins and chop the chestnut meat coarsely. You can substitute two cups of canned chestnuts, rinsed, and drained.

  6. Preheat the oven to 350 F.

  7. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Stir in the cooked and chopped chestnuts, onion, garlic, salt, pepper, marjoram, thyme, and poultry seasoning. Cook until the onions are tender, about 3 minutes.

  8. Transfer everything to a medium baking dish and mix with the cubed bread.

  9. In a small bowl, beat together the eggs and milk. 

  10. Drizzle this over the cubed bread mixture. Toss with your hands gently to coat everything well.

  11. You're ready to stuff your bird!

Tips:

  • Use this mixture to stuff into a seasoned turkey. Roast according to the directions on roasting tables.
  • If stuffing is left over, place it in a greased casserole and bake at 350 F for 55 to 65 minutes, or until the top is crisp/lightly browned and a thermometer registers 165 F.