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Save Money And Make Your Own Christmas Stuffing

December 9th 2014
By: Melanie

If you've never made your own stuffing you will be surprised at how easy it is to make, in-expensive and delicious. If I'm stuck for ideas I often check out the store cupboard to see what I can add and am really pleased with the results.

There are a few basic things you will need, a couple of slices of bread, some herbs of your choice, and meat, I often use sliced bacon, just as I normally have some in the fridge and add nuts; walnuts, chestnuts (already cooked), hazel nuts, dried fruit (about a handful) 1 egg, season, then blitz up in a food processor.  Then form the stuffing into small balls, adding a knob of butter to each before cooking for around 20-25 minutes.

If you prefer to follow a recipe, here are a few we have found on the BBC Good Food website:

Chestnut, bacon & cranberry stuffing

You will need:

100g dried cranberries
50ml ruby port
1 small onion, chopped
2 rashers unsmoked back bacon, cut into strips
50g butter
2 garlic cloves, chopped
450g sausagemeat
140g fresh white or brown breadcrumbs
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
½ tsp chopped fresh thyme leaves
140g peeled, cooked chestnuts, roughly chopped
1 medium egg, lightly beaten

For the method please follow this link http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/3170/chestnut-bacon-and-cranberry-stuffing

Bacon & citrus crumb stuffing

You will need:

400g cubetti di pancetta, bacon lardons or chopped bacon
6 onions, chopped
2 x 15g packs flat-leaf parsley, chopped
2 tsp thyme leaves
600g breadcrumbs
zest 1 orange
zest 2 lemons
2 tsp ground mace
2 eggs
1 tbsp sunflower oil or olive oil

For the method please follow this link: http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/146614/bacon-and-citrus-crumb-stuffing

For a more classic stuffing recipe: Sausage, sage & onion stuffing

You will need:

2 onions, sliced
25g butter
1 small Bramley apple, peeled, cored and diced
2 x 400g packs meaty Cumberland sausages, removed from their skins
handful sage, leaves chopped, plus extra for topping
140g granary breadcrumbs
 

For the method please follow this link: http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/3056/sausage-sage-and-onion-stuffing