Hungry Hearts Holiday Hop!

Welcome to the HUNGRY HEARTS HOLIDAY HOP!

CELEBRATE FALL with mouthwatering Thanksgiving recipes and delicious EXCERPTS from today’s hottest food-loving ROMANCE writers! Fill out the Rafflecopter form on each author’s site to enter the Grand PRIZE Giveaway: a Harry & David Tower of TREATS! In addition to the Grand Prize, two SWAG packs will be given away on each day of the hop. Visit Amanda Usen’s blog each day for more FALL GLEE.

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When the seasons change, our hearts fill with gratitude. Life is grand, isn’t it? Hop with us and share your love of all things food, fall, and THANKS-giving!

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Here’s my tasty addition—the recipe for my mom’s chestnut stuffing!

Every Thanksgiving, I appease my yearnings for home by making chestnut stuffing and remembering the laughter at my mother’s table. Unfortunately, my stuffing always comes out too dry. Mom says it’s because I skimp on the butter. I say it’s because she can’t seem to give me the exact recipe. My mother’s holiday kitchen rites have become my own, with slight variations. For me, her chestnut stuffing holds the warmest, tastiest memories of Thanksgiving.

Chestnut Stuffing

1 pound fresh chestnuts

1 cup melted butter or margarine (plus more if you want it moist)

4 cups almost stale bread

1 cup chopped celery

Lightly salt and pepper

4 teaspoon sage, or to taste

1 cup chopped onion

1 egg

Wash chestnuts, make two slits on each shell, and bake for 15 minutes at 475. Shell, boil in water to cover for 20 minutes. Chop fine.  Mix with the melted butter, bread, crumbs, salt, poultry seasoning, egg, and celery. Toss well. Yields enough to stuff an 18-pound  bird.

Shelling Chestnuts

Pan/Oven Method

Cut a one-inch gash on flat side of nut and put in a skillet, allowing 1/2 teaspoon of butter to each cup of chestnuts. Shake over heat until butter is melted. Put in oven and let stand for 5 minutes. Remove from oven and with a small knife take off shells. By this method shelling and blanching are accomplished at the same time, as the inside skins will adhere to the outer shells.

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10 thoughts on “Hungry Hearts Holiday Hop!

  1. Teresa Blue says:

    To me, dressing is the best part and adding chestnuts sounds delicious! I’ve got a MIL who leaves out one little detail with every recipe she gives me. She says its usually optiional but sometimes I wonder….

  2. ChristineWarner says:

    Stuffing is my favorite dish from the Thanksgiving table and my dad was the master…but I love the idea of chestnut dressing. Sounds so good. I wonder how my family and friends will feel about me shaking things up with 2 dressings on the table this year? lol

  3. bh313 says:

    Must admit I have never had chestnuts. Your recipe has made me want to try them. Thanks for sharing it. My family favorite for Thanksgiving is sour cream pound cake….love it

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