Chestnut and Cranberry Stuffing

In the leadup to Christmas, chestnuts fly off the supermarket shelves and are found in an increasing number of ready prepared meals and snacks. Chestnuts are traditionally used in many stuffing recipes including vegetarian stuffing.

When are Chestnuts in Season?

Being in season just before Christmas time (typically from September through to November) they have long been a festive favourite of consumers in the UK.

At Porter, we believe chestnuts shouldn’t just be for Christmas, but to be enjoyed all year round.

With modern food preserving technologies, we no longer need to rely on chestnuts being in season to enjoy them in our recipes. Our whole chestnuts are grown in Italy until perfectly ripe. They are then vacuum sealed and stored at ambient temperatures, ready to be eaten at any time during the year.

Are Chestnuts Healthy?

The UK consumers are becoming more and more aware of the health benefits of chestnuts, prompting a huge surge in new recipes of delicious dishes containing chestnuts. We’re constantly discovering new ways of using chestnuts – the nut that’s not a nut, (they’re a fruit) – are more popular than ever.

Vegetarian Stuffing Recipe

We wanted to create a recipe for a vegetarian chestnut stuffing that will be the star of numerous dishes.

Vegetarian Stuffing ideas

Here are some meal ideas you can use our stuffing in:

  • Roast dinner: The classic dish with stuffing we all know and love, whether you’re a Sunday roast or a midweek roast person, our stuffing is bound to add something special to the dish.
  • Chicken or pork rolled with stuffing: the perfect midweek meal- lighter than a full roast yet still scrumptious and filling. Keep an eye out on our blog for our recipe.
  • Sandwiches: Create delicious stuffing sandwiches using leftovers, this way you can carry on enjoying your meal the day after!
  • Bubble and squeak: Another way of making your food go further and cutting down on food waste- a yummy left over classic!

Get creative and see what you can come up with- there is so much potential for stuffing!

Vegetarian Stuffing Recipe




  1. Preheat the oven to 180c
  2. Add the chopped chestnuts, garlic, cranberries and onion. Cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Transfer to a bowl and add the chopped herbs, breadcrumbs and season with Smart Salt®
  4. Let the mixture cool and then add the beaten egg and stir.
  5. Form into 18 balls.
  6. Add to a lined baking sheet and bake for 15-20 mins until golden brown.


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