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1 ½ lb fresh chestnuts or two 7 1/2-ounce jars vacuum-packed cooked chestnuts8 cup cubed whole-wheat country bread (1 pound)¾ lb sweet Italian sausage, casings removed1 Tbsp olive oil2 onion, finely chopped1 clove garlic, minced½ lb mushrooms, wiped clean, trimmed and sliced⅔ cup dried cranberry⅓ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley1 Tbsp chopped fresh thyme1 Tbsp chopped fresh sage1 tsp salt½ tsp freshly ground pepper2 large eggs1 ½ cup reduced-sodium chicken broth


1. If using fresh chestnuts, make a crisscross incision through the outer shell of each chestnut with a sharp paring knife. Put them in a saucepan and add enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer until tender, about 30 minutes. Drain and let stand until cool enough to handle. Peel off the outer shell and inner skin as quickly as possible. (The warmer the chestnuts, the easier the operation.) Break the chestnut meat into chunks. If using jarred chestnuts, simply break chestnut meat into chunks.

2. Preheat oven to 350°F.

3. Spread bread on a baking sheet and bake until lightly toasted, 15 to 25 minutes. Set aside.

4. Cook sausage in a large skillet over medium heat, crumbling with a wooden spoon, until browned, 5 to 10 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Wipe out the skillet.

5. Add oil to the skillet and heat over medium-low heat. Add onions and cook, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute more. Add mushrooms and increase heat to medium-high; cook, stirring, until tender, 5 to 7 minutes.

6. Combine the reserved chestnuts, toasted bread, sausage, onion-mushroom mixture, dried cranberries, parsley, thyme, sage, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Toss until well mixed. Whisk eggs and 1 cup broth in a small bowl. Drizzle the egg mixture over the bread mixture and toss until evenly moistened. If you like a moist stuffing, add remaining 1/2 cup broth.

7. Use as directed in Roast Turkey with Chestnut Stuffing or place in a 3-quart baking dish that has been coated with cooking spray, cover with a lid or foil and bake at 325°F until heated through, 35 to 45 minutes. If you like a crisp top, uncover for the last 15 minutes of baking.

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Nutrition Facts

Provided by: EatingWell

Per Single Serving / Serves 12 Total

  • Calories 251 12%
  • Calories from fat 63 10%
  • Total Fat 7gm 16%
  • Saturated Fat 2gm 5%
  • Monounsaturated Fat 3gm 21%
  • Sodium 503mg
  • Total Carbohydrates 36gm 11%
  • Fiber 5gm
  • Protein 9gm
  • Cholesterol 47mg

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Tags: Dinner, Main Dish, Healthy, Low Calorie, Nut, Pork, Vegetable, American, Christmas, Thanksgiving

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