Archive of BBC Food Recipes

My favourite stuffing

Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
Serves 6
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall shares his top stuffing recipe for Christmas turkey.


  1. Make little slits in the chestnuts then blanch or roast them to ease peeling. Simmer the chestnuts in unsalted water until completely tender (15-20 minutes).

  2. Drain and leave to cool, then place in a basin and roughly break them up with a fork - you want them crumbled rather than puéed.

  3. Sweat the onion and celery in the butter over a medium heat for a few minutes until softened, then add the prunes, chestnuts and parsley. Season with salt and pepper, mix well and cook for a further few minutes. Remove the pan from the heat.

  4. When the mixture has cooled a little, mix in the breadcrumbs, liver and egg until all the ingredients are well combined. Pile the mixture into a suitably sized ovenproof dish. Bake for 30-35 minutes in a fairly hot oven (i.e. with the turkey at 180C/350F/Gas 4) until nicely browned and crispy on top

  5. Serve slices of the stuffing with the turkey.


  • 500g/1lb2oz chestnuts
  • 1 whole head celery, washed and chopped
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 25g/1oz butter
  • 12 plump prunes, stoned
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • salt and black pepper
  • the turkey's liver, trimmed washed and finely chopped
  • 50g/2oz fresh breadcrumbs

Shopping List

My favourite stuffing

Fruit and vegetables

Tins, packets and jars

Cooking ingredients

Dairy, eggs and chilled

Meat, fish and poultry

This link may stop to work if/when the BBC removes the recipes
This site is under development - You can use it, but some things are not completed and may not be quite right!