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Three Ways with Stuffing by Aoife - Babaduck

Three Ways with Stuffing by Aoife – Babaduck

Christmas is the time to eat your fill of porky products with glazed ham, glossy chipolatas, rashers over your turkey to keep it moist and my most favourite thing of all – stuffing.  I get shivers of horror when I see readymade packets of “stuffing” in the supermarket which are nothing but a container of dusty breadcrumbs with a bit of dried onion and herbs thrown in.  It’s so much easier to take 5 minutes and make your own.  Seriously, just 5 minutes.

In the interests of multi-tasking, I’ve come up with three different ideas to change the basic stuffing mix so you can feed your family, entertain a crowd and make your Christmas dinner delicious.  My one non-negotiable standpoint is that you use sausagemeat which is no less than 75% pork.  The other day I was in a discount frozen food retailer (think Stacey Solomon) where their sausagemeat was only 46% pork – that meant that over half of it was filler.  Would you really want to eat that???

Christmas Stuffing

400g Sausagemeat

100g Fresh Breadcrumbs

2 large Shallots, finely minced

1 stick Celery, finely minced

1 tbsp Sage, finely chopped

1 tbsp Thyme, finely chopped

Mix all of your ingredients well together.

Place in an oven-proof dish and flatten out.

Bake for 40 minutes at 190c/Gas Mark 5 until the top is golden and the stuffing has shrunk away slightly from the sides.

Apricot & Pistachio Pork Balls

400g Sausagemeat

100g Dried Apricots, finely chopped

75g Pistachios, shelled, skinned & finely chopped

1 tbsp Sage, finely chopped

1 tsp Rosemary, finely chopped




Mix all of your ingredients together, roll into small balls and
bake for 20 minutes at 190c/Gas Mark 5 until golden and cooked through.

Sausage Rolls 

400g Sausagemeat

2 Shallots, finely minced

1 tbsp Sage, finely chopped

1 tbsp Thyme, finely chopped

1 tbsp Chives, finely snipped

1 tbsp Parsley, finely chopped

1 sheet Puff Pastry

Mix the sausagemeat, shallots and herbs together.

Cut the sheet of pastry in half lengthwise and then put half of the sausagemeat mixture along the length of each pastry half, in a long sausage shape. Fold the pastry over the sausagemeat and seal with a fork.  Cut the pastry into 2 inch pieces, glaze with a little beaten egg and bake for 25 minutes until golden brown.

Babaduck started life in 2010 to show one friend (Mrs. T) what to make for dinner, step by step and it’s grown ever since. I love writing about all aspects of food and drink, including creating simple easy to follow recipes with lots of photos, restaurant and product reviews, lots of food news and as much travel as I can cram in. I’m a self-confessed Francophile and love almost everything about la belle France, especially the wine. The Hubs is my beloved other half who taste tests all the recipes on your behalf and keeps me on an even keel. So where did the name come from? The Hubs inspired the name – he calls me Baba & his friends call him The Duck. Simples.
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