Chestnut & cranberry roll

Chestnut & cranberry roll

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Prep: 30 mins Cook: 1 hr


Makes 2 rolls, each cuts into 8 slices
Forget fiddly stuffing balls, this clever roll tastes delicious, plus its practical shape makes it ultra-simple to slice

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily halved
  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal291
  • fat18g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs20g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre2g
  • protein14g
  • salt1.69g
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  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 onion, finely chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 Bramley apples, approx 140/5oz each, peeled
    Bramley apples

    Bramley apple

    bram-lee app-el

    A large, flattish cooking apple, green in appearance but sometimes with specks of red. The flesh…

  • 3 x 450g/1lb packs good-quality pork sausage
  • 2 x 200g/7oz packs vacuum-packed chestnuts, roughly chopped



    'Chestnuts roasting on an open fire...' that kitsch old Nat King Cole song perfectly…

  • small bunch parsley, leaves roughly chopped



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

  • small bunch sage, leaves roughly chopped



    Popular in both Italian and British cookery, sage has long, grey-green leaves with a slightly…

  • small bunch thyme, leaves stripped


    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • 1 egg



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 100g white breadcrumb
  • 175g fresh or frozen cranberry


    A tart, ruby-red coloured berry which grows wild on shrubs throughout northern Europe and North…

  • 24 rashers streaky bacon
  • butter, for greasing



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…


  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan, then gently fry the onion for 5 mins until softened. Finely chop the apples either by hand or in a food processor.

  2. Squeeze the sausagemeat from the sausages into a large bowl, then add all the other ingredients, except the cranberries and streaky bacon. Season generously, then get your hands in and mix well. Weigh out 450g of the stuffing and mix a handful of the cranberries into it. Use to stuff the neck of the turkey (see 'Goes well with').

  3. To assemble, butter and season a large sheet of foil. Stretch out the bacon rashers slightly with the back of a kitchen knife, then overlap 12 rashers on the foil. Spoon half of the stuffing mix evenly over the bacon, leaving a border of about 3cm. Scatter with half the cranberries, then pat them in. Tuck the long edges of the bacon over the stuffing; then, using the foil to help, roll the stuffing up into a log shape. Repeat to make a second roll.

  4. Heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Put the foil-wrapped rolls onto a roasting tin and roast for 45 mins. Unwrap, draining off any juice, then finish roasting for 15 mins until the bacon is crisp.

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24th Dec, 2017
I make this every year. We are often at relatives houses for Christmas and this is my contribution to the festive meal every year. They love it, especially that they can save one in the freezer for later. My husband put up a huge fuss when I suggested doing it only for boxing day, so it's back on the menu for the 25th.
21st Dec, 2017
I have the original recipe and cook it every year. A great favourite! Just one comment: from ingredients to "oven-ready" it takes me two and a half hours.
3rd Dec, 2016
My family feel this is the best part of Christmas dinner! The combination of flavours is superb and the perfect accompaniment to turkey. Like others, we keep one of the rolls in the freezer and bring it out as a treat when we all get together as a family later in the year.
10th Dec, 2015
I first made this 3 yrs ago, and just about to start this year's one. I have made it with and without cranberries, but this year, to please everyone going to have cranberries down one half and plain the other end lol. Total favourite in our house, whatever end they choose to eat from.
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5th Jan, 2015
Delicious every time! Since we bought the good food issue with this recipe it has been a Christmas table staple. We have one on Christmas Day and freeze the other until New Years. Very good on its own just with salad and some festive slaw
29th Dec, 2014
Its a Xmas favourite in our house, we make 3 rolls, 2 for Xmas and one tucked away in the freezer for Easter. So simple
15th Dec, 2014
Just aboutto make this again. I do it year after year, it is so delicious and convenient.
15th Mar, 2014
Just defrosted the second roll from Christmas, my son is home from uni so he is being treated to a large roast chicken with all the trimmings!! He can take some of the stuffing roll back with him tomorrow as it is delicious cold. The rolls are enormous, I think my rolls will cut into at least 10 slices!
25th Dec, 2013
This was the favourite part of our Christmas meal. The sharpness of the cranberries goes really well with the rest of the roll and the sweet chestnuts and sausagemeat. I'm looking forward to the 2nd one which is still in the freezer.
15th Dec, 2013
We're trying a variation this year and have rolled the stuffing into mini sausages wrapped in bacon (I say mini - they're huge!). Then I've frozen them individually so we're only needing to cook the quantity required as otherwise we end with too much to eat!!!


cath201's picture
21st Dec, 2017
Has anyone tried this, omitting the bread crumbs for gluten-free?
goodfoodteam's picture
23rd Dec, 2017
Thanks for your question. The breadcrumbs help bind the mixture. We'd suggest making your own breadcrumbs by blitzing gluten-free bread in a food processor.
6th Dec, 2016
What are the cooking instructions if cooking from frozen? Or is it best to defrost first and then cook as per above? Thanks
goodfoodteam's picture
8th Dec, 2016
We'd suggest defrosting this first. You can do so in the fridge overnight.
22nd Dec, 2015
Do you take the rind of the bacon first?
goodfoodteam's picture
18th Jan, 2016
Yes, if your bacon has rind on it, it is best to remove it.
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