Chestnut & Sage Stuffing

I ate half of it before the chicken even made it to the table

I ate half of it before the chicken even made it to the table

There’s a special little songbird that migrates to my particular Caribbean island for the winter.

It flys down from Michigan, like a tiny feathered tourist, and makes its home in deep, isolated thickets. The local ornithologists get very excited every year when it turns up.

yes, it does use an awful lot of butter but butter is a healthfood!

yes, it does use an awful lot of butter but butter is a healthfood!

I know exactly how they feel because a much anticipation migration took place in my supermarket this week.

Chestnuts! The chestnuts are here!

these elusive creatures like to spend their winters in my belly

these elusive creatures like to spend their winters in my belly

I did a little happy dance (not unlike my I-need-to-pee dance) right there in the fruit & veg section when I saw ‘em….and proceeded to shove as many handfuls into my cart as possible.

So brace yourselves – many, many chestnut recipes are coming.

Chestnut & Sage Stuffing (serves 2)

  • 8 chestnuts
  • 1 heaped tbsp roughly chopped fresh sage leaves (or about 6 leaves)
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 small white onion, very finely chopped
  1. Score the chestnuts with an ‘X’ in the hard shell. Roast at 400 for 25 minutes then remove from oven and let cool. Once cool, peel and roughly chop.
  2. Put the chestnuts in a blender along with the pecans and thyme, and grind until crumbly. Set aside.
  3. Melt the butter in a small saucepan and add the garlic and onion. Cook over a low heat until the onion colours. Add the sage, stir and let cook for a few more minutes. Remove from the heat.
  4. Stir in the nut/chestnut mix, season well and mix until everything clumps together. Transfer to an oven-safe bowl and bake at 400 for 10 minutes.

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