Apricot & hazelnut stuffing

Apricot & hazelnut stuffing

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(28 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook in the turkey or separately for 30 mins


Makes about 16 balls
Fantasic as part of the meal - so much more than just a stuffing for the turkey

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal124
  • fat7g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs14g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre1g
  • protein3g
  • salt0.28g
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  • 2 large onions, chopped



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

  • 50g butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 50g hazelnut, roughly chopped



    Grown in Europe and the US, hazelnuts are encased in a smooth, hard brown shell but are most…

  • 140g ready-to-eat dried apricot, chopped
  • 175g fresh white breadcrumb
  • 20g pack parsley, chopped



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

  • finely grated zest of 1 lemon



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 1 egg, beaten



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

  • olive oil, for drizzling
    olive oil

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  1. Fry onions in the butter. Stir in nuts; fry until golden. Remove from the heat, add apricots, breadcrumbs, parsley and lemon zest. Mix in the egg and season. Use half to stuff the neck end of the turkey; shape the rest into balls.

  2. Put the balls in a buttered baking dish, then drizzle with oil. Bake for 30 mins until golden, or roast them around the turkey.

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tillyfloss80's picture
25th Nov, 2019
Made this for Christmas last year....wasn’t sure about it whilst making it, however.....really tasty, adds a lovely sweetness to Christmas dinner and a nice change from a meat stuffing.....definitely making again this year :-)
18th Mar, 2018
Made this for a dinner party of 13 last night- every one raved about it! I'd so adjust the recipe Cashew instead of hazelnuts Added some chestnuts and about 3 or 4 bacon rashers, and some chives Used about 2/3 of the breadcrumbs and 2 rather than one egg I cooked it in a loaf tin which meant it was nice and moist when sliced
19th Jan, 2016
This recipe is so delicious, but I actually used three large eggs instead of one as the mixture was pretty dry and wouldn't hold together with just one egg. But I would definitely make this again.
29th Dec, 2015
I made this for Christmas this year and everyone loved it. I couldn't use eggs so used milk instead to bind the mixture and it worked very well. Will make this again next year.
3rd Dec, 2015
Excellent recipe. I made it as a loaf and added 2 eggs to make it bind.
24th Dec, 2014
I make this every year. Quick and easy. Today I'm using chopped cashews and just half a beaten egg. Also, I try to roll each one lightly as the breadcrumbs can go a little doughy. Watch they don't burn otherwise the apricots go rock hard!
20th Nov, 2014
Excellent Vegetarian Stuffing Recipe. I have always made 3 stuffings for Christmas and this has been a standard every year since 2006. I'll be making it again this year!
26th Dec, 2013
Made again after success last year. Used walnuts instead of hazelnuts, added thyme into the breadcrumbs, and half way through cooking crushed two gloves of garlic through the mix and added a few sprigs of rosemary. Was delicious but may add another egg (just yolk) next time as didn't hold together well
17th Feb, 2013
Ok recipe but definitely prefer my old nigella recipe with pork sage and onion, won't be making again
11th Feb, 2013
Very nice recipe will do again. I did tweek a few ingredients, for eg used sage instead of parsley and used less hazelnuts. Just went by sight and taste when mixing up ingredients.


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Emma Goligher
30th Dec, 2019
Hi can someone tell me what temperature to cook it at please? It doesn't say in the recipe.
3rd Nov, 2013
Hello! I was wondering if I was able to make these using gluten free breadcrumbs and if so, if I need to add any more ingredients. Thank you in advance!
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