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Vegetarian pumpkin and herb stuffing

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Pumpkin her stuffing
Pumpkin her stuffing
  • Serves: 6

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  • Skill level: Bit of effort

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

A good stuffing should complement the flavours of the meat its served with and this pumpkin and herb stuffing recipe works especially well with poultry. That's right, this is a serious stuffing contender for your Christmas turkey! Seasonal, earthy pumpkin teamed with fragrant herbs brings fresh flavours to a moist roast bird. This stuffing recipe can be used to stuff a bird, or can be simply cooked on the side, which is especially handy if you're catering for vegetarians. Meat-eaters can switch vegetable stock for chicken stock, and can even add sautéed sausage meat from a couple of Cumberland sausages

Ingredients

  • 1 small pumpkin, skin and seeds removed, diced
  • 25g butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 sticks celery, finely chopped  
  • 1tbsp chopped sage
  • 1tbsp chopped thyme
  • 75g stale bread, crusts removed
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 250ml vegetable stock
 

This make-ahead recipe can be stored in the freezer then defrosted and heated through in the oven.

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 220°C/425°F/Gas Mark 7.
  2. Spread out the diced pumpkin onto a lightly greased baking tray. Roast in the oven for 30 minutes, turning once. Remove from the oven and reduce the heat to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4.
  3. Melt the butter in a saucepan. Add the red onion, celery and herbs and allow to cook over a medium heat for 5 minutes until soft, stirring frequently.
  4. Crumble the stale bread into a large mixing bowl, add the onion mixture, egg,  roasted pumpkin, stock and seasoning. Stir thoroughly to combine.
  5. Transfer the stuffing to an oven-proof dish and cook in the oven for 40 minutes.
  6. Slice into wedges and serve.

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