Thanksgiving Turkey Stuffing: Chestnut & Italian Sweet Sausage

Chestnut & Italian Sweet Sausage Stuffing


This is a delicious holiday stuffing!

It is a nice change from the traditional bread stuffing’s and it’s just as simple to make.


Chestnut & Italian Sweet Sausage Stuffing:



  •  500g (1lbs.) – Chestnuts
  • 2 tablespoons – Flat leaf Italian parsley ( rough chopped)
  • 4 – Shallots, medium seize and chopped finely
  • 250g (8oz.) – Green apple ( peeled, cored, and cut in medium dice)
  • 1-Egg- beaten
  • 250g ( 8oz.) – Pork belly, finely chopped ( optional)
  • 250g ( 8oz.) – Italian sweet sausage ( removed from casing and crumbled)
  • 50g ( 2-oz) – Butter (unsalted) melted slightly
  • 2 tablespoons – Maderia
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  •  Score the back of the chestnuts with the point of a sharp knife to create an X.
  • Bring to a boil in a pot of water to cover the chestnuts by 2 inches of water.  Then let simmer 10 minutes.
  • Drain, cool, peel and rough chop
  • Place in a mixing bowl with the parsley, shallots, egg, pork belly (if using), sausage, apples, butter, Maderia and season with the salt and pepper.

Hint: At this stage, cook a small batch of the stuffing to taste tor seasoning.  If the stuffing tastes too bland, this is the time to readjust the flavors.

  • Once the stuffing is properly seasoned, proceed to stuff your holiday bird.

Note: This stuffing can be used as a side dish as well for you holiday meal by simply sauteing it,and serving as is or putting it in a baking dish and finishing in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.  It is excellent as an accompaniment to your roasts and other holiday dishes.


Happy Thanksgiving!


  • Chef of the Future

    I’ve done chestnut sausage stuffing for years. It can’t get much better. here’s a thought, how about using smoked chestnuts??

  • Franco Lania

    I like smoked chestnuts very much.

    Depending how strongly they are smoked makes all the difference in using them. For this recipe we are looking for a balance of flavor between the chestnuts and the Italian sausage. The Turkey itself will impart flavor as it cooks with the stuffing inside it. So, there is a nice amount of flavor going on already. In this dish the extra step of smoked chestnuts may not really enhance the stuffing and may actually interfere with the balance of flavors.

    Happy Thanksgiving!