Dee’s Vegan Sausages Herb Roasted Stuffing with Apricots and Chestnuts

9 Dec

This is so addictive I recommend you make a little extra, especially if you’re anything like me and could eat stuffing all day! Simple to make, this will be a great addition to your Christmas Day Dinner.

You will need:
2 packs of Dee’s Traditional Sausages
400g good white bread
2 onions, diced
100g vegan butter
4 tbsp sage
1 tbsp mixed herbs
3 cloves garlic, chopped
75g dried cranberries
76g dried apricots, chopped
1 x 200g packet of sweet chestnuts
1 ½ carrots, diced
1 ½ celery stalks, diced
1 litre hot stock
Salt and pepper to taste

Method:
In a pot, add your onion, butter, 1 diced carrot and 1 diced stalk of celery and cook on a medium heat for 3-5 minutes. Then add in the herbs and garlic and cook for 4-6 minutes more, making sure not to let it burn.

While that is cooking, in a large pot or bowl place your chestnuts (break them up with your hands to make smaller or chop) apricots, cranberries, Dee’s Sausages (uncooked cut in pieces) and the rest of the uncooked carrot and celery. Then add the bread cut into cubes or just tear in to little pieces with your hands. Mix well.

Mix in some of the herbs and butter and incorporate well.

Add some stock and keep doing this until you have used all the herb and butter mix.

You may not need all the stock, the stuffing should be wet but not dripping wet.

Taste and season if needed.

Roll in to balls about the size of walnut shells and place on an oiled baking sheet or roasting tray.

Bake at 180c for 7-10 minutes until brown and crispy, but not dry.

Top Tips:
This can be made a few days in advance and then rolled and roasted the day they are needed.

Use any fruit or nuts that you like, such as –
Fruit – dried apples, raisins, figs or prunes.
Nuts – walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans, Brazil nuts or flaked almonds.

You can also use leeks instead of onions.

If you can find gluten free bread, just replace it in this recipe. It may need more stock to keep it from drying out while baking, but it should work just as well.

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