Fig and chestnut stuffing

Fig and chestnut stuffing recipe


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Growing up, the only stuffing served at Christmas in our house was Paxo sage and onion (just add boiling water). It wasn’t until many years later, when hosting Christmas myself that I discovered how delicious it can be when made from scratch, and really easy too! The obvious choice of fruit to add is cranberry, but I feel that figs work even better and add a lovely sweetness to the chestnuts. I would also consider adding sausage meat, however, my long suffering vegetarian mum deserves a chance to try this! You could use this stuffing to stuff your turkey but for me it’s all about the crispy bits on top of the tray.

Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4
Heat a frying pan over a medium heat with 25g of the butter and sweat down the shallots and mushrooms with the thyme until softened but not coloured. Season with salt and pepper
Add the chestnuts and figs, cook for a further 5 minutes then add the stock and bring to the boil
Melt the remaining butter and mix through the breadcrumbs in a large bowl
Add the chestnut mixture to the breadcrumbs and mix well
Grease a baking dish with butter and press in the mixture – the mixture should be about 2cm deep, I used a 20x30cm dish
Bake for 45 minutes, until the top is lovely and crispy
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