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Chestnut Stuffing – Easy Thanksgiving Recipes

How to make the best easy chestnut stuffing - This delicious simple recipe is perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. Vegetarian bread dressing is the perfect addition to the table at the holidays!

There's something missing from my easy Thanksgiving menu, and nobody noticed it but Joe. I hadn't planned on any stuffing.

Stuffing?

Dressing?

Is there a difference? According to Alton Brown, there is. Stuffing is what's put inside the bird, and dressing is what's cooked separately. Soaking up raw meat juices with bread really creeps me out, so we have always cooked it separately.

In years past, my father-in-law always made his beloved chestnut dressing, and he brought it to our house. The dressing had a nice flavor, and everyone liked it. I preferred to eat around the chestnuts, but Joe eagerly devoured mine. Last year, my in-laws made other plans for Thanksgiving, so Joe tried to put the chestnut dressing together on his own. There was no recipe, but his father told him approximately what to do. Fortunately for all of us, Joe figured it out, and the results were tasty. Joe's making it again this year, and I wanted to share his recipe with you. It is a simple recipe, and it is easy enough to put together on the morning of Thanksgiving.

A Warning – Cooking with Chestnuts

Chestnuts are tricky, especially if you've never used them before. You must not wait until Thanksgiving morning to shell them. Do it a day or two before you need them; it takes a good bit of time. You'll throw your whole Thanksgiving cooking plan off if you wait til the last minute.

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Chestnut Stuffing - Easy Thanksgiving Recipes
How to make the best easy chestnut stuffing - This delicious simple recipe is perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. Bread dressing is the perfect addition to the table at the holidays!
Course Side Dish
Servings
Ingredients
Course Side Dish
Servings
Ingredients
How to make the best easy chestnut stuffing - This delicious simple recipe is perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. Bread dressing is the perfect addition to the table at the holidays!
Instructions
  1. Melt butter in a medium skillet. Add onion and garlic, saute until translucent.
  2. Toss bread cubes and crackers in a large bowl.
  3. Pour eggs, chestnuts, and onion mixture over top. Mix well. Add milk until the bread is just moistened. (*You may not need a full cup; do not use too much or your finished stuffing will be soggy.)
  4. Cover with foil and bake at 350 for one hour or until golden brown on top.
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 How to make the best easy chestnut stuffing - This delicious simple recipe is perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. Vegetarian bread dressing is the perfect addition to the table at the holidays!

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13 thoughts on “Chestnut Stuffing – Easy Thanksgiving Recipes”

  1. Raw meat juices–GAG! We never stuffed our stuffing in a bird for just that reason. My mom is a fanatic about food safety. 🙂
    This looks great! I grew up eating cornbread based dressing (of course I did in the south!), but came to like bread-based ones while I lived in NY. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

  2. OOOOooooo I'll have to write this one down! 🙂
    Thank you for explaining the stuffing vs filling terms – I never knew!

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