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Chestnut Stuffing

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 2 hr 5 min
  • Prep: 30 min
  • Cook: 1 hr 35 min
  • Yield: 12 servings
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1 pound fresh chestnuts

8 cups coarse fresh breadcrumbs, from crusty bread

4 cups diced cornbread

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, plus more for baking dish

2 celery ribs, chopped

1 extra-large yellow onion, chopped

1 turkey liver, cleaned and finely chopped

1 cup chicken or turkey stock, preferably homemade or low-sodium store bought

1/2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped

1/4 cup fresh sage leaves, chopped

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 large eggs, lightly beaten


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Cut an X into the round end of each chestnut, place on a rimmed baking sheet, put in the oven and add 1/4 cup water to the pan. Roast for 10 minutes; the shells should peel back where cut. Remove from the oven, let cool for a minute or two, and then peel while the chestnuts are still warm. Chop coarsely.
  3. Decrease the oven temperature to 350 degrees F. Spread the breadcrumbs on a baking sheet and bake until dry and golden, about 15 minutes. Put in a large bowl with the chestnuts and cornbread.
  4. In a large saute pan over medium heat, melt the butter, and then add the celery, onions, and chopped liver, and cook until the vegetables are soft, about 8 minutes. Add to the bowl with the chestnuts.
  5. Stir in the chicken stock, parsley, sage, salt, pepper and eggs. Spoon into a buttered 3-quart baking dish and bake, covered, for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake until browned, about 30 minutes.

Cook’s Note

You can substitute dry-packed bottled chestnuts in a pinch; you'll need 7 ounces. But your house will not smell as good.

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