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    Fruit and nut stuffing

    These delicious vegetarian stuffing balls can be made ahead and frozen, making them perfect for Christmas entertaining. 

    • Vegetarian
    • Christmas
    • Preparation time: 15 minutes
    • Cooking time: 20-25 minutes
    • Total time: 35-40 minutes

    Serves: 8


    50g butter, plus extra for greasing
    3 shallots, finely chopped
    75g fresh cranberries, chopped
    75g dried apricots, chopped
    50g walnuts, chopped
    50g hazelnuts, chopped
    20g pack fresh thyme, leaves, only, chopped
    125g fresh breadcrumbs


    1. Preheat the oven to 200°C, gas mark 6.  Melt the butter in a frying pan and fry all the ingredients except the breadcrumbs for 2-3 minutes.
    2. Cool slightly then mix into the breadcrumbs with 3 tbsp water.  Roll into 16 balls and place on a greased baking tray.
    3. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden.  Serve with roast turkey or an alternative main.

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    Get ahead

    Make to the end of step 2, cover and chill for up to 2 days. 

    To freeze

    Make to the end of step 2, cover and freeze on the tray.  Transfer to a freezer bag and keep for up to 2 weeks.  Defrost thoroughly, then cook on a greased tray as above.


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