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Mary Berry Apricot & Chestnut Stuffing

Prep Time:5 minutes Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes Yields: 6

Welcome to the heartwarming world of Mary Berry’s Apricot and Chestnut Stuffing, a culinary gem nestled in the pages of “Mary Berry’s Christmas Collection.” This delightful dish is the embodiment of festive comfort and flavor, combining the sweetness of dried apricots with the earthy richness of chestnuts. Whether it’s gracing your holiday table or accompanying a Sunday roast, this stuffing is a must-try for any home chef.


What is Mary Berry Apricot & Chestnut Stuffing?

Mary Berry’s Apricot and Chestnut Stuffing is a delectable creation that pairs the lusciousness of ready-to-eat dried apricots with the savory goodness of fresh white breadcrumbs. The addition of onions, parsley, and a touch of butter elevates it to stuffing perfection. Baked to golden, crispy perfection, it’s an essential side dish for any festive occasion.

Why you’ll love it

  • Flavor Harmony: This stuffing achieves a perfect balance between the sweet notes of apricots and the hearty essence of chestnuts, making each bite a harmonious experience.
  • Versatile: It’s not just for Christmas; this stuffing complements a variety of main dishes, from roasted poultry to hearty vegetarian fare.
  • Prepare-Ahead Dish: Prepare it in advance to ease your cooking load during the festivities. Simply bake it to perfection when the time is right.
  • Texture Delight: The contrasting textures of crispy on the outside and tender on the inside make it a textural triumph.

apricot and chestnut stuffing

Mary Berry Apricot Stuffing Recipe

Ingredients

  • Dried Apricots: 225g (8 oz), ready-to-eat dried apricots chopped into small raisin-sized pieces.
  • Large Onion: 1, coarsely chopped.
  • Breadcrumbs: 225g (8 oz) fresh white breadcrumbs.
  • Butter: 75g (3 oz), unsalted butter plus extra for greasing.
  • Frozen Chestnuts: 225g (8 oz), frozen chestnuts thawed and roughly chopped.
  • Fresh Parsley: A generous bunch of fresh parsley, chopped.
  • Water: 600ml water.
  • Salt: To taste.
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper: To taste.

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 190ºC/Fan 170ºC/Gas 5. Ensure you have a shallow ovenproof dish on hand, approximately 20 × 28 × 5cm (8 × 11 × 2 inches) in size.
  2. Pour the water into a saucepan.
  3. Add the chopped onion and the apricot pieces, bringing the mixture to a boil.
  4. Allow it to simmer for 5 minutes, then drain it thoroughly.
  5. Melt the butter in a non-stick frying pan, 
  6. Place the breadcrumbs into a generously sized bowl and then pour half of the melted butter over the breadcrumbs.
  7. Add the chestnuts into the frying pan with the remaining butter and lightly brown them.
  8. Combine these chestnuts with the apricots, onion, parsley, and buttery breadcrumbs.
  9. Season the mixture well with salt and pepper.
  10. Transfer this flavorful mix into a buttered ovenproof dish, and slide it into the preheated oven.
  11. Bake it for approximately 30 minutes, or until it achieves a delightful crispiness.

Tips

  • Fresh ingredients: Use fresh, high-quality ingredients for the best results.
  • Onions: Ensure the onions are sautéed to a golden, fragrant state before combining them with other ingredients.
  • Seasoning: Season the stuffing generously with salt and pepper to enhance the flavors.
  • For AGA Users: Place the dish on the Roasting Oven floor and bake for 25–30 minutes until it crisps up beautifully.
  • Preparing Ahead:
    • If you want to prepare in advance, follow the recipe but don’t bake it.
    • Cover the dish and refrigerate it for up to 24 hours before cooking.
    • When ready to cook, follow the above instructions but extend the cooking time slightly.
    • Alternatively, you can make this a day before your event and reheat it until piping hot on the day.
  • Freezing: Freezing is also an option before baking the stuffing, with a shelf life of about 1 month.
  • Finding frozen chestnuts: Keep an eye out for frozen chestnuts in supermarkets, especially in mid-November, as they tend to sell out quickly. 

Variations

  • Customize the herbs: Experiment with herbs like sage or thyme to suit your taste.
  • Add some crunch: Toss in a handful of toasted pine nuts or chopped almonds for added texture.
  • Vegan twist: Make it entirely vegan by using vegan butter or swapping the butter for your favourite nut oil.

How to serve the Apricot & Chestnut Stuffing?

  • Serve Mary Berry’s Apricot and Chestnut Stuffing as a delightful side dish alongside your holiday roast.
  • Pair it with cranberry sauce, gravy, or your favorite condiments for a mouthwatering feast.
  • This stuffing is not just a dish; it’s a celebration of flavors that will elevate your festive meals to new heights.

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apricot and chestnut stuffing

Mary Berry Apricot & Chestnut Stuffing

Caroline Sciberras
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Course Sides
Cuisine British
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 225 g 8 oz ready-to-eat dried apricots, chopped into small pieces the size of raisins
  • 1 large onion coarsely chopped
  • 225 g 8 oz fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 75 g 3 oz butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 225 g 8 oz frozen chestnuts, thawed and roughly chopped
  • a generous bunch of fresh parsley chopped
  • 600 ml water
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 190ºC/Fan 170ºC/Gas 5. Ensure you have a shallow ovenproof dish on hand, approximately 20 × 28 × 5cm (8 × 11 × 2 inches) in size.
  • Pour the water into a saucepan.
  • Add the chopped onion and the apricot pieces, bringing the mixture to a boil.
  • Allow it to simmer for 5 minutes, then drain it thoroughly.
  • Melt the butter in a non-stick frying pan, 
  • Place the breadcrumbs into a generously sized bowl and then pour half of the melted butter over the breadcrumbs.
  •  Add the chestnuts into the frying pan with the remaining butter and lightly brown them.
  • Combine these chestnuts with the apricots, onion, parsley, and buttery breadcrumbs.
  • Season the mixture well with salt and pepper.
  • Transfer this flavorful mix into a buttered ovenproof dish, and slide it into the preheated oven.
  • Bake it for approximately 30 minutes, or until it achieves a delightful crispiness.

Notes

  1. For AGA Users: Place the dish on the Roasting Oven floor and bake for 25–30 minutes until it crisps up beautifully.
  2. Preparing Ahead: If you want to prepare in advance, follow the recipe up to step 4. Cover the dish and refrigerate it for up to 24 hours before cooking. When ready to cook, follow the above instructions but extend the cooking time slightly. Alternatively, you can make this a day before your event and reheat it until piping hot on the day.
  3. Freezing: Freezing is also an option before baking the stuffing, with a shelf life of about 1 month.
  4. Finding frozen chestnuts: Keep an eye out for frozen chestnuts in supermarkets, especially in mid-November, as they tend to sell out quickly. 

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