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Herbed Chestnut Stuffing

Chestnuts lend a bit of crunch to every bite of this moist, buttery stuffing. One taste and you'll understand why it's a family favorite. —Tammy Nordberg, Caledonia, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 45 min. Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings (3/4 cup each)


  • 2-1/2 cups chestnuts
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 1 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 package (12 ounces) unseasoned stuffing cubes
  • 2 cups chicken broth, divided
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg


  • With a small sharp knife, score an “X” on the rounded side of each chestnut, being careful not to cut through the nutmeat.
  • In a Dutch oven, bring 8 cups water to a boil. Add chestnuts. Return to a boil; cook, uncovered, for 15 minutes. Drain and return chestnuts to the pan; cover and keep warm. With a kitchen towel or pot holder, remove one or two chestnuts at a time. Peel and discard outer shell and inner skin. Slice nutmeats.
  • In a large saucepan, saute celery and onion in butter until crisp-tender. Add chestnuts; saute 5 minutes longer. Stir in the stuffing cubes, 1-1/2 cups broth and seasonings.
  • Transfer to a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish; pour remaining broth over top. Cover and bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until heated through.
To Make Ahead: One to two days before, boil, peel and slice the chestnuts; cover and refrigerate.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 293 calories, 17g fat (10g saturated fat), 41mg cholesterol, 611mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 4g fiber), 5g protein.

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