Chestnut Stuffing Recipe for Roast Turkey

This chestnut stuffing will make a great addition to your next holiday feast, but will also make a great side dish any time you're preparing roast turkey.

From "The Wild Food Cookbook"
January 2015

Yield: Stuffing for a 15- to 20-pound turkey

Wild foods are viable and valuable components in our diet. In The Wild Food Cookbook (The Countryman Press, 2014), Roger Phillips provides an appetizing and intriguing selection of recipes using the many plants, mushrooms and seaweeds that are edible and plentiful in North America. This chestnut stuffing recipe is from Chapter 8, “Nuts and Seeds.”

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Chestnut Stuffing Recipe for Roast Turkey


• 2 pounds fresh chestnuts or chinquapins
• 1 minced turkey liver
• 2-1/2 cups pork sausage meat, uncooked
• pinch of allspice
• salt and pepper to taste
• 1/3 cup butter
• 1 onion, chopped
• 3/4 cup brandy


1. Split the chestnuts or chinquapins (to keep them from exploding) and heat them for a few minutes in a hot oven, then peel them, making sure to get rid of the bitter inner peel. Cover the nutmeats with water, bring to a boil, and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes or until tender. Then strain and mince them. Put them in a large bowl, stir in the liver and sausage meat, and flavor with the allspice, salt, and pepper.

2. Heat the butter in a small pan, sauté the onion until soft but not brown, and add it to the mixture in the large bowl. Then pour in the brandy and mix well again. Using your hands, fill the inside of the turkey.

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This recipe has been reprinted with permission from The Wild Food Cookbook, by Roger Phillips, and published by The Countryman Press, 2014. Buy this book from our store: The Wild Food Cookbook.