Mama's stuffing, a traditional chestnut stuffing

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Mama’s stuffing is a traditional chestnut stuffing with just 6 or 7 ingredients, most of which you probably already have in your larder. While it may seem basic, it packs a lovely flavour and is a family favourite, well I love it and probably a bit more than most of the rest of the family.

Mama is my mother-in-law and this is one of her recipes. I’ve had it every Christmas since joining the family and have found no need whatsoever to mess with the recipe. It’s a winner.


  • 25g butter
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 1 pack chestnuts
  • 1/2 pack streaky bacon
  • 6 slices of white bread
  • pinch cumin seeds
  • Maldon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Add the olive oil and butter to a pan and melt. This can be either done on a hob or on your Big Green Egg.
  2. Slice your bacon into small pieces and add it together with the chopped onion to the melted butter and oil. Cook on the Egg for about 8-10 minutes until the onions have softened.
  3. While the onions are softening, place the slices or bread into a mixer and chop into bread crumbs.
  4. Now chop the chestnuts into chunks. I don’t like them too fine.
  5. Once the onions have softened, take the pan from the Egg and add the chestnuts, breadcrumbs and a pinch of cumin seeds. Mix well.
  6. Transfer the mixture to a heat proof ceramic dish.
  7. Setup your Egg for an indirect cook with the plate setter feet up with the stainless grid on top. Set the Egg to 180°C.
  8. Place the dish of stuffing into the Egg and cook for about 30 minutes.


This stuffing can be served at anytime of the year but it’s fantastic for Christmas. We have it whether we’re having a turkey or not. I tend to prefer a forerib of beef to a turkey but I’ll still have the stuffing. If anything this dish is the Christmas dish in our house.

While this cooks perfectly in the oven, it’s much better in the Egg where it gets a slight smokey flavour.

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